The Winter Wedding of Rowen and Sarah and Middleton Park House
Winter weddings are tricky. There’s no doubt about it. There is so little light available (and all good photographers like shoot with available light). Even on a good day the sun is gone by 4 and if it’s overcast or dull then 3pm is about it.
What is important when planning a winter wedding is to not have it too late (i.e. not 2pm!) and have a good plan so that you know who’s needed for photographs – when and where. Sarah and Rowen did it right. They didn’t have a late wedding and the plan meant a great day was had by all and all the photographic opportunities were possible before the light disappeared. Of course, the lovely weather helped…
The wedding was is the Carmelite Church in Moate. My first there and it’s a lovely Church. Even better was it’s well lit. I didn’t need flash inside at all (believe me a rare thing in Ireland – Church’s are normally poorly lit).
The reception was the wonderful Middle Park House. Which I’ve written about before so you can do a search on my blog to see more from there.
The couple hired me to stay on for the speeches/first dance. I normally finish at the start of the meal. The speeches were first and were very entertaining. Lots of laughing, as you can see from the pictures!. A break between the meal and the first dance gave me the opportunity to get some more couple shots. Down in the bottom of Middleton Park House is a long corridor that looks something between and tunnel and a dungeon. A bit dark but lovely for photographs. I even did a bit of filming (click here to view).
Before I end with the slideshow, you might recognise one of the Groomsmen. I leave you guessing (clue.. 4 piece boy band – recently retired). Well, it was at least an hour before I realised who it was on the day! I did wonder why everyone was having their photo taken with him and not the groom!
p.s. for this blog I chose to give this images a bit of a retro/vintage look. I thought it really suited and enhanced the set of photographs. The tool I used was the fantastic Totally RAD! RADLAB. You can see my review here
Middleton Park House have written a nice little piece about me on their blog here
p.p.s It’s Mark Feehily from Westlife by the way. He was the best man at his friend’s Rowen’s Wedding