If you are planning a wedding in the Welwyn area do take a look at the Prices, the Photo Galleries, the Videos, and the Albums. This sample gallery illustrates just one of many venues for you to browse.
Thank you very much for capturing our day perfectly. And thank you for our brilliant video! It brought back some lovely memories and a reminder of what a perfect day we had, there were tears and laughter all round. I have since lost my grandmother so it's lovely you have captured one of the happiest days of her life that we can cherish forever.
Sadie & Paul
Our featured couple booked an all day combined photography and video package for their Hertfordshire wedding. Coverage started with Sadie and the girls getting ready near to the church in the charming little village of Codicote just a few miles from Welwyn Garden City.
The wedding ceremony was held at St Giles Church Codicote - close to Hitchin in Hertfordshire. The church itself is a lovely photogenic building standing in a well-maintained churchyard. Earlier on in the day some parishioners were busy with some general gardening and maintenance in the churchyard. Part of the grounds was fenced off to protect a small number of sheep and their lambs - a terrific Springtime sight. The church has its own dedicated parking area.
The vicar - Laurence - was a joy to work with. Laurence is a photography enthusiast himself and no doubt this helps when professional photographers go about arranging with him the extent of the ceremony coverage.
The layout of the church's interior making it quite a challenge to shoot the faces of the bride and groom mid-ceremony as there are few suitable shooting positions. In this respect the video coverage is probably more comprehensive than the photography coverage because Peter was able to hide a small unattended video camera in an alcove near the altar to record a frontal view. Three other video cameras recorded the ceremony from alternative angles. The church has a decent PA audio system and Peter was able to take a feed from this directly into a recorder for the best possible quality.
The wedding reception was held at the nearby Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.
The first photo below shows St Giles Church Codicote early on the day of the wedding, shot before Peter plunged into the mayhem that is the girls getting ready:
Photos showing detail of the dress and flowers are popular and look great in the wedding album:
Our bride had her make-up completed in a room with a striking primary coloured wall as a backdrop. Terrific:
The house oozed style, including this Marilyn Monroe paper on one wall which just had to be featured!
Oh and a jukebox!
Our Bride's mum - whose house it is - is very much into Mod. Heavily stylised pictures of Lambrettas made a strong impression. But most interesting of all might have been the music choices on the jukebox! Summer Nights - yep. Da Doo Ron Ron - yep. Long Haired Lover ..... ermmm?
And here is the person responsible, pouring some drinks:
The hugely popular selfie is here to stay for sure:
No pre-wedding nerves from this little fella:
More of that styled decor in the next photo - oh and our groom's sister!
Of the three cats two headed for the hills but one was curious enough to stick around. This is Presley. She was Elvis until a visit to the vet early in her life confirmed a name change was urgently needed!
Shaun - affectionately known as "Prawn" (if that can be affectionate) acted as an usher. Peter always converts some of the colour photos to black and white and you can see both versions in the main galleries:
Our groom and his best man just before kick-off:
The surroundings of the church are picture postcard perfect and just beg for this popular setpiece photo of our bride with her dad and the wedding limo:
Is that a warning sign?
The entrance to the church with the bride and her wedding party shot just as the ceremony is about to begin and with an extreme wide-angle lens is always striking:
The next photo illustrates the limitations of photography during the ceremony. Its not possible to go any further forward on either side to obtain facial expressions:
There are some great character photos to be shot during wedding ceremonies:
This shot of our pageboy works great in colour as well as black and white:
Peter managed to nail a few photos of our bride - phew!
Lovely smile from mum in the background as our couple are pronounced husband and wife:
Once the main ceremony was completed and the wedding party cleared the aisle and took their seats Peter was able to shoot some alternative views from the rear of the packed church:
Here is Laurence in full flow:
There were no restrictions on photography and video during the signing of the marriage register:
The churchyard has some good areas of shade provided by mature trees - always a preferred choice among professional photographers for the essential portraits.
The wedding reception was held at the nearby Welwyn Garden City Golf Club. The next photo shows the club when Peter visited it earlier in the day:
The Club has a first floor veranda which is an ideal spot from which to shoot large groups:
The wedding breakfast - and particularly the speeches - is another opportunity for some terrific character photos:
This little chap doesn't care about convention - he went UNDER the top table to receive his present! A great video moment as well.
Our groom's mum is somewhat of a poet. Fantastic on the video:
We completed a few fun photos of the hen and stag parties at dusk:
Photos from the first dance make a lovely last spread in your album:
All content on this site is the copyright of Peter Riding of Ashton Lamont. Do not steal. I have a very particular set of skills I have acquired over a long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. Do not steal now, and that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you. (With appreciation to Bryan in "Taken").