Rob and Joanne’s winter wedding at The George, Stamford
The couple had opted to have a small and exclusive get together in the day and then have a larger gathering in the evening, but as I was only booked for the first half of the day, for me it was a case of getting stuck in as quickly as I could. It may seem counter intuitive, but as a reportage wedding photographer, I find small gatherings can be more challenging than larger groups; blending in with the crowd is obviously harder, making it more likely that guests will notice you working and start to either dodge out of view or adopt painfully cheesy smile-for-the-camera-grins and poses. Fortunately for me, Jo-anne and Rob’s guests seemed relaxed from the start and I was able to photograph in the natural style I prefer.
With all the guests already seated, when Jo-anne arrived I opted to take a very quick, natural light portrait of her – with very few people around it was more or less impossible to work without her noticing so in a deviation from my normal approach, I felt a relaxed portrait would be the best way to record the moment. Moreover, it provided an opportunity to bring some of the town’s beautiful stone buildings into the day’s photography – as a wedding photographer working in Stamford, the beautiful old stonework is always a joy and I was relived the weather was on our side so I could make the most of any opportunities to use it.
After a lovely ceremony that brought smiles to all, everyone headed to The George Hotel, for drinks, canapes and plenty of laughter. By the time I left, everyone was seated in one of the George’s stunning wood panelled rooms – a timeless scene that will no doubt live long in the memory of all who were there to share Jo-anne and Rob’s special day.
Below you’ll find a selection of my favourite images from Jo-anne and Rob’s wedding. If you enjoy the images or have thoughts on the photography or the day itself, please feel free to add a comment. I’d love to hear from you and will reply to any questions as soon as I can.