One photographer and two different angles at Hedingham Castle
These images are from a recent wedding that took place at Hedingham Castle, Essex. I visited the venue a week before the wedding, just to introduce myself to the wedding coordinator that would be there on the day and to get a feel for the place.
The ceremony room is a candlelit Banqueting Hall, with a gallery running along three sides. As soon as I see the gallery I knew I had to take advantage of the raised angle and unique view of the ceremony, all guests on the day would be seated below, and no one would have the access that would be kindly granted to me.
As a documentary wedding photographer, I prefer to work alone; it allows me to concentrate on what I have to do and help me remain discreet. The only slight disadvantage to being on my own is doing it all myself. In this case, running ahead of the wedding party, scrambling up the spiral staircases, and very quickly set up the tripod and camera. I think this was probably the first time I'd used the tripod in around 6 or 7 years.
I went for a wide angle view to take in the full wedding party, the grand Banquetting Hall, and the room-dominating Norman arch. I used a slow enough shutter speed to create some motion blur, to get a sense of the excitement of getting married. In this case, I think freezing this moment would not have created the same effect. To complement this image, I placed myself in front of the fireplace to capture the beautiful bride and her mother walking down the aisle; both images were captured pretty much at the same time and work well on their own and together.