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Thanks Peter, we received the video and the photos. They are wonderful, thank you
Charlotte and Ian booked a short duration combined photography and video package starting with some family portraits once everyone was ready at the "getting ready" location and finishing with a drinks reception after the church ceremony. The celebrations did continue in the form of a party much later in the day but photographic and video evidence was not required for this!
The ceremony took place in the centre of Bracknell at the Holy Trinity Church, part of the Holy Trinity St Andrews and St Pauls team ministry. The church is a lovely old building, photogenic both inside and outside. And our celebrant was very easy going and a pleasure to work with; no hangups here about what professional photographers and videographers can or cannot do.
The interior of Holy Trinity Church is quite a challenge to shoot in because as with many buildings of its age its design and layout makes it is difficult to compose images that are not partially blocked by its permanent features - not to mention the extra wedding day "obstacles" such as flower arrangements and of course the wedding party in close proximity to the bride and groom.
The exterior of the church has enough space for big group shots - a very welcome feature for a town centre church - the only caveat being that photographers must take care to hunt out the areas with even shade in which to shoot the best portraits. There is a very limited amount of private parking available at the church - spaces should be reserved. There is a large multistorey car park just across the road.
Once we had completed the various group photos with family and friends we made the short walk - literally just across the road - to the Grange Hotel Bracknell - for the first of our couples two wedding receptions. The food looked great - and tasted even better!
Holy Trinity Church is surrounded by many modern buildings but with some careful attention to composition some very pleasing photographs can be made:
Photos including the name and striking features of wedding venues can look great in the wedding album:
The Grange Hotel Bracknell - though at opposite ends of the design spectrum to Holy Trinity Church - is very striking in its own way:
The day started for Peter with some detail photos at our brides getting ready location. The flowers are always a popular choice for prints and for featuring in albums:
Our bride having the finishing touches made:
The interior of Holy Trinity Church Bracknell is beautiful as you can appreciate in the next photo which Peter shot before kickoff:
Peter aims to get a photo of the groom in the last few minutes before he becomes a married man:
Very soon our bride and bridesmaids arrived:
Getting photos of the couple mid-ceremony requires some creative thinking in most churches of this age and layout:
Guests often try to video wedding ceremonies but the results are likely to be disappointing without the use of cameras that can work in very low light, properly stabilised, and with separate audio recorded. Peter used four video cameras to record our couples ceremony. Multiple cameras can make the finished video that much more appealing:
Cameras which work well in low light combined with long lenses are a must (n.b. its really not cool to fire off flash guns during ceremonies even if that is permitted):
We were treated to live music during the wedding ceremony:
Fortunately there are no unreasonable restrictions on moving shooting positions during weddings at Holy Trinity Church:
Likewise guests will struggle to achieve decent results without the use of specialist stills photography equipment:
Unlike many wedding venues the staff at Holy Trinity Church have no qualms about photography during the signing of the civil register:
Shooting wedding photos in direct bright sunlight is not ideal as the results are so contrasty. But sometimes there is no choice. Fortunately the latest software can make a good job of bringing out detail in the contrasty highlight and shadow areas. We utilised the shaded area to the right in the photo below for smaller groups:
Then the short walk across the road to the Grange Hotel Bracknell, our bride and groom preceded by young ladies sprinkling rose petals:
Lovely food accompanied our couples short informal wedding reception at the Grange Hotel:
Some presents were distributed and the health of our bride and groom toasted before they departed for their evening party many miles away:
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