Wedding! Chris and Victoria at Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire.

March 22nd, 2010


You wouldn't believe how desperate I've been to shoot my first wedding of the year.
The fact that it happened to be Chris and Victoria's made that desire even more sweet.
I was so nervous, which isn't anything too different, but when it's been about 3 months since your last wedding, you start to lose touch!
I met up with Chris and Victoria back in September if you remember... (remember when that big ball of fire was in the sky?!)Blog-1
We met up for a photoshoot which, in case you hadn't noticed, I go on and on about, is thee best way to get to know your photographer.
We had so much fun taking pictures at Ashton Court in Bristol.

As the shoot went on, I really grew to love Chris's "sense of humor"
Chris is clearly a very intelligent man and also very quick witted, which I loved!
Victoria loves him so much, and you can see this by their wedding pictures.

I love how Victoria scrunches her nose up when she laughs at what Chris is saying.
So I hope that;
1) Chris never stops making Victoria laugh,
2) Victoria never stops doing that nose thing.

Onto the wedding!
As I mentioned in the teaser, Victoria got ready at her parents house with her mum Christine, her dad Bob, Bridesmaids Summer and Jennifer along with uber-cute flower girls Molly and Amelia.
The hairdresser and I both agreed that this was one of the calmest pre-wedding houses we've worked at!
A little too calm if anything! (perhaps it was the Barry White that was playing?)
We were made very welcome though. Thank you.
(If anyone knows the full name of the hairdresser, I'll link to her here, thanks.)
Let's see some pictures!

Victoria rocked a pair of Jimmy Choo's.
Apparently, girls like his shoes!
(also, after you've got married in them, Mr Choo will dye them black! There's a pop-fact for you right there!)
Clearly a very popular couple! Wedding Acceptance cards everywhere!
Molly was a little shy but she was good as gold!
Victoria and her mum!
Start 'em young!

And here's Amelia. By the end of the day, Molly and Amelia were best friends.
Victoria is a real trendsetter, but I did encourage her to wear the wedding dress that she had bought, rather than the Ugg-slippers and dressing gown.

Bob was so proud of Christine, his wife.
A special moment as Mum helps daughter with her wedding dress.
And her grandmothers bracelet...
Another special moment. After Christine helps Victoria get ready, Her dad sees her for the first time in a wedding dress. Lovely stuff!
Molly and Amelia FTW
Nothing to say here.


And Jennifer. Great Bridesmaids. Really Great.

And here's Chris and Craig waiting patiently for Victoria. Let me know if you get bored of seeing previous brides and grooms on my blog!
An epicly beautiful Roller with an epic sky.

Here comes the bride!

I always love taking pictures of people using their cameras. I'm not sure if this finger and order of service image stabiliser technique works, but I'll certainly give it a shot at my next wedding.

Such proud parents.
We've got a similar padded ceiling in our Rolls Royce too.
I love the lines in this picture!

As close as possible.
I can't get enough of this picture. It's a style that I don't usually work in, but I was so happy with it.
I'm sure you'll all agree that Victoria looks incredible here.

The boys, keeping it simple.
For a 700 year old building, Samlesbury Hall was looking pretty good, I'm sure you'll agree!
Chester! Another familiar face.
Michael did a grand job of welcoming in the top table.
The same thing was done at Matt and Yvonne's wedding last year; each person or couple sat on the top table were introduced to the guests by means of a 2-or-so minute speech about them, usually pretty cheeky but loads of fun. I'm not sure if other couples have been doing this at their weddings but I highly recommend it.
I always like the master of ceremonys, but this is something a little more personal. Well done Michael!
I really love this shot of Craig with his mum, Chris's Mum and Matt's Dad (I think).
Blue steel!!

That was nice wasn't it?

Thank you so much Chris and Victoria for asking me to be your photographer.
Without getting soppy, I love this job so much and couples like you (and guests like yours) make it feel like I'm not working at all.

For the photographers reading;
I used almost entirely prime lenses and flash for just 10 of these pictures. I shot on a cropped sensor body.
And remember those business cards? I had 100 printed up.
They all went.
I gave out very few personally, they were just passed from table to table without me even realising it most of the time. Seemed to be a great talking point!

Thank you to Timothy Armes who helped my blog this week.

  1. Cliff March 22nd, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Amazing wedding. You captured so many key moments in unique and fun ways. Great job.

  2. Alen Abdula March 22nd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I think you did a amazing job! Love the BW images!

  3. Laura March 22nd, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Well done! You have some fabulous shots in there.

  4. Kevin Mullins March 22nd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Quality work Joseph. I love the conversions and composition in some of these shots. Really nice work.

  5. christine medley March 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm


    The pictures are amazing, I have tears running down my face!

    We have had such lovely thank you cards from our guests expressing how much they enjoyed the wedding.

    Thank you so much. Christine

  6. Bob Medley March 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 pm


    These pictures are truly fantastic and so natural.

    You have managed to add the final touch to what was a wonderful day.

    Can not wait to see the album

    Cheers mate


  7. shipra March 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    If this is a taste of your first 2010 wedding, then I think you're off to an amazing start!

  8. Catherinee March 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    The photos are lovely and make me feel like I was there (even though I wasn't!) Thanks for putting so much feeling into them. Could you email me the photos of me, Chris and Vic too when they are ready?
    Thx Catherine (Chris's sister)

  9. Chris & Victoria Bickle March 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Greetings Joseph from sunny Costa Rica!
    We were waiting with such excitement for the photos and are ecstatic the results. We are also feeling emotional about these, perhaps its the cocktails too!
    These are just perfect, we are so pleased to have worked with you and hope to see you at future weddings; we will definately recommend your services. Thank you all for the lovely comments.
    Chris & Vic

  10. wedding photographer in cheshire March 23rd, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Good Work mate! Keep it up!

  11. Janie and Martin Sherbourne March 23rd, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Truly amazing photos for a truly amazing wedding ! Congratulations to the photographer and the Bride and Groom xxx

  12. Hannah March 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    What gorgeous work, Joseph! You are a wonderful photographer and your way of handling black and white is just stunning.

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog, I have added you as 'one to watch' on my Reader. Beautiful work!

  13. Timothy E Kaldas March 23rd, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Joseph this collection of images is fantastic. I love the way you work with the lighting in these shots and depend almost exclusively on natural light. The work is absolutely stunning. You're a brilliant storyteller and I also like how virtually all the images are black and white.

  14. Sue March 23rd, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    hi joseph
    first wedding of the year and you are already a pro.
    keeping it fresh and in your own style..just great.
    have a good year x x

  15. linden March 23rd, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Best ever ..great combination of funky and classic!So glad we got you started, way back in Feb 08! You deserve the accolades! Linden

  16. linden March 23rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Sorry...Feb 09! Time goes so fast!! Linden

  17. Joseph March 23rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you Linden, it was nice to see you...again!

  18. Phill March 23rd, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I feel your pain and frustration on the inter-season break Joseph but all that pent up energy has fuelled what I think is your best work yet (and it was already looking fantastic last year!)

  19. Magan Blasig March 23rd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Really awesome! I love that you share so many photos on your blog - I could really get a feel for your style and saw that you connect so well with EVERYone at the wedding. Your work is great!

  20. Jenny Holt March 23rd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Joseph, I love the photos and thank you for being so patient with me on the close up!!! Molly loves the photos of herself too. Vic looks amazing. She's like a bride on the cover of a bridal magazine!

    Best regards,
    Jenny Holt

  21. Kelly Woodward March 24th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    What a fabulous Day and what gorgeous photos, Chris and Vic you look amazing. What a great job.


  22. barbara & geremy March 24th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    simply a brilliant day for a beautiful couple, and the photos reflect it perfectly. job well done

  23. jenny hula March 25th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Good morning, It's a rare find for a nice blog like this. I enjoyed it. Kudos to you. Have a nice day!

  24. Jon March 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Skills buddy!

  25. Linda Appleby March 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Joseph. Absolutely gorgeous photos. Have seen your work before, but when it is your son's wedding it is all the more special. Loved them and look forward to seeing more!! Everyone who has seen thinks they are fab - many thanks.

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