When I heard the words ‘are you a photo ninja’ my eyes totally lit up.
As a preferred Rhinefield House wedding photographer it was a pleasure to witness Emma and James tie the knot on a gorgeous summers day in July. In fact it was actually my own wedding anniversary which was a little strange as my wife and I also got married at this stunning New Forest wedding venue. I did have to get permission from my better half to actually photograph this one though as it is the first anniversary I have worked since we got married in 2011.
When first meeting Emma and James at one of the Rhinefield House open evenings that I am invited to attend there was a clear brief, especially from Emma. “Are you a photo ninja” was the exact words used if I recall correctly. Emma especially was not fond of being in front of the camera and really contemplated on not having a photographer at all for her wedding day. With the natural, photojournalistic photography that I produce I was the perfect choice for what was to be an amazing wedding.
The couple opted for no coverage of the bridal preparations and a church ceremony at St Michaels and All Saints church in Lyndhurst. This church is unique as the alter is a detailed painting of the Last Supper. A quite exquisite backdrop for the couples wedding photographs and one that I wanted to take full advantage of by photographing from the rear of the church. The day turned out as Emma and James had envisaged and I made sure to capture the day as unobtrusively as possible, as if I was one of their guests witnessing their wedding. We did the group photographs that Emma and James had requested quickly and in order to give them more time with their guests during the reception drinks I suggested doing their personal photographs at ‘Golden Hour’ – the perfect time for them. The rest of the day was an abundance of laughter and smiles all round and after the gorgeous nighttime photograph it was time for me to pack away my cameras and head home to wish my wife a very happy anniversary albeit a little late in the day.
Emma and James… It has been a pleasure to get to know you over the course of the last year and I hope that I was the ‘photo ninja’ you were after. You are two people who are defined in what they want and that is a fantastic trait to have. I wish you all the happiness the future brings and know you will have a wonderful life and husband and wife.
As a Rhinefield House wedding photographer I have had the pleasure of photographing in excess of 70 weddings at the venue. A lot of them you will find on my blog but this one is a particular favourite of mine. Lisa & Craig’s wedding is the perfect choice if you are planning an outdoor ceremony for your special day.