Amy and Darren’s wonderful winter wedding at the Poachers Country House Hotel
F rom the first time we met, it was clear that Amy and Darren were a lovely, laid-back couple who meant the world to each other. Their relaxed yet openly loving way of being together infused their day with an easy-going glow that cut through the slight November chill and made this wedding in Lincolnshire as warm and welcoming as you could hope to be a part of.
One of the joys of photographing weddings in Lincolnshire that you get to spend plenty of time out in the country and Amy and Darren’s wedding was blessed with two lovely rural locations, St Peter and St Pauls Church in Gosburton and the Poachers Country House Hotel near Boston. For me though, the day started at Amy’s parents place, where the conservatory had been transformed into a busy beauty studio, with Amy and her bridesmaids receiving the kind of attention normally reserved for the stars of stage and screen. Just as it should be, on the best day of your life.
From there, it was off the the Church, where I caught up with my second photographer, Olivia, who had been photographing Darren getting ready and the guests arriving. For the actual ring ceremony, we took different positions, with Olivia at the end of the aisle and me positioned behind a column at the front, so I could remain unobtrusive but get some more intimate images of the exchange of rings.
I don’t often mention cameras on my blog – while I am a typical photographer in that I’m fairly obsessed by the latest cameras, lenses and so on, I genuinely believe that the common question of what kit do you use should always come a very distant second to the question of whether it’s a strong image or not. However, this kind of situation is so perfect for my Fuji mirrorless cameras that I couldn’t resist mentioning that they now have literally silent shutters. The difference this makes for wedding photography can’t be overstated – by comparison my Nikons sound like a gun going off every time I take an image, which isn’t ideal when photographing the most sacred part of a church wedding.
After the ceremony, confetti was thrown as the couple left the church and we then made a few family group images and some portraits of the couple. Then it was off to the Poachers Country House Hotel for their reception. This was the second time I worked at The Poachers in 2014 and it’s become one of my favourite Lincolnshire wedding venues, largely due to the welcoming attitude of all the staff and the intimate and easy going vibe that I’ve felt while working there. For Amy and Darren and their guests, it seemed the perfect place to celebrate the rest of the wedding, and having seen the fun that Amy and her friends were having on the dance floor, I’m pretty sure the party must’ve carried on long after I left them.
I’d like to thank Olivia Johnston for her help early in the day as second photographer and take this chance to congratulate Amy and Darren once more and wish them both a long and happy marriage. I’d also like to thank them for the lovely hand written thank you card I received a few weeks ago. It meant a lot and was very much appreciated.