I first met Tessa and Dennis during one of wedding fayres held at Woodland Manor in Clapham, Bedfordshire. To be honest at first I thought they were just browsing like many couples do during those events. But few days later I received the call from a very enthusiastic bride to be asking me if I have their date available. Excited about hearing their plans I arranged our first meeting at their chosen wedding venue - Woodland Manor Hotel and Restaurant. We sat down with a cup of tea and started talking about their plans for a Big Day. "Sooo... our theme is black and white" said Tessa, which sounded awesome to me. But after getting into more details I realised it wasn't just Tuxedos and beautiful classy womens gowns. No, no, the whole decor was also black and white themed. The cherry on top was the brides request to deliver only black and white photos in their photo package.
Arriving at the venue
As I arrived at the venue I met with Tessa first. As requested by the bride the style of their photos was more photo journalistic as opposed to traditional posed moment kind of photo shoot. After spending some time with Tessa and her bridal bunch I went to find Dennis and the arriving guests.
The ceremony was sweet and emotional
As the bride entered the room in her black and white wedding dress all eyes were at her. Slowly approaching her groom Tessa started to cry. Ever bit of planning, every pre-wedding stress and everything else did not matter. The moment was perfect!
“I don't want any formal photos...”
Continuing with documentary style of photography during T & D's wedding I started observing what the guests were up to. I absolutely love to catch the gestures and emotions of unaware people. It's not like I hide in the bushes :) Being a wedding photographer is more than just a job and interacting with people comes quite naturally to me. I tend to make sure people are comfortable around me and don't shy away from the lens. Many people always say that the best photos are the candid - captured in time ones.
Always save the best for last
Apart from black and white decor there is another reason to remember Tess and Dennis's day. They had a band playing country music during the day and the same band cam over to rock the place again in the evening. The time has come now for the evening guests to arrive at Woodland Manor. Seeing so many happy couples on the dance floor I decided to make sure the band will be well documented as they truly become a part of the Big Day. To finish this day with a bang, the rock and roll Tessa picked up the microphone and sung her heart out! What a show that was indeed! Shortly after, the couple performed their first dance surprise routine. Everyone present went wild.