Westonbirt Wedding Photojournalist. James & Kirstie

May 11th, 2011

As promised, here is James and Kirstie's wedding.
Without sounding arrogant, this wedding was easy to cover thanks to James and Kirstie really making things very easy with their fantastic friends and family as well as their choice of venues.
Venues don't get much better than Westonbirt Arboretum, and when you've got snow thrown into the equation then you're laughing. If you're ever in this part of the world, please make sure that you visit this amazing piece of Royal territory.
Along with their guests, James and Kirstie left for Hinton Grange Hotel,  another beautiful venue that would do their reception the justice it deserved.
The hotel is in a little village outside Bath and the whole place just oozes charm!
I did however face one small issue that I've faced before; the wedding breakfast and speeches were held in quite a magnificent conservatory with a pond in the middle (no, I didn't fall in). At first, I couldn't believe how bright it was in this room, it was perfect for me. Soft and flattering light just filled the room. That was of course, whilst the sun was still up.
By the time the sun had set, that was the end of my precious light and the start of some very interesting artificial light, I really enjoyed the way the whole mood of the place changed. It quickly turned into one of my favourite venues to shoot in.
The staff and food only enhanced my smile throughout the day.

As you'll notice, James and Kirstie chose to have Chrissy Marshall, an artist creating caricatures of the guests throughout the day. He was very popular, so I don't know if he managed to get round to insulting all of the guests! I loved the series of "pie pictures"...

I hope you enjoy the pictures. As you'll notice, my blogging is starting to speed up now as I start to panic with the amount of work I have to show you all.
Also, you'll see that the vast majority of the pictures are of people, not details. I feel that details are important for making your wedding personal to you, I just personally find more enjoyment showing you my pictures of guests. I'd love to know what you think though.

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  1. Martin Pemberton May 13th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Great work as always Joseph. He certainly carried off the trilby. Great to see how you captured the place I spend so much time at.

  2. adam May 17th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Great exposures of the ceremony, in what looks like a tough situation with all the backlighting. Wonderful stuff.

  3. Anton Chia May 17th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I like your documentary coverage Joseph! The black and white photos rocks!

  4. Xanthe May 17th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Stunning stuff! PArticularly like the way you've documented the intimacy of the venue for the reception. Fantastic photojournalism!

  5. Joel C May 18th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Interesting you have, love the portrait of the groom towards the end. Great use of shadow

  6. adam houseman May 18th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Joseph!!! Your a PJ ninja. So well done. I'm a fan.

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