As a recommended Spitbank fort wedding photographer I was delighted to photograph the wedding of Natasha and Ben – two lovely and caring people who I have thoroughly loved working for.
We first met at a Rhinefield House open day as they were viewing Rhinefield as a potential venue for their wedding. We clicked instantly and once they had booked Spitbank Fort for their wedding they got back in touch to book me to capture their day at Spitbank. This coincided with me becoming a Spitbank Fort preferred supplier due to me photographing Emma and Martin’s wedding there in 2014.
Spitbank Fort is a quirky and unique wedding venue set in the middle of the Sea – a venue like no other. Additional time and planning are always needed to achieve the photographic potential of this venue which is something I thrive on. It is definitely one of my favourite places to photograph at and every time I go back I feel like part of the Spitbank family.
Natasha and Ben opted for a Nortical theme and decorated the venue beautifully. They used a very classic colour scheme and let the uniqueness of the venue do all the work. They also had a personalised flag that was raised throughout the day – a wonderful feature for them and their guests. Working at this venue I know that there are pockets of light that I look for which create beautifully contrasting images. This contrast maximises the drama within each frame I take and when done correctly this enhances the emotive photography that I am known for.
There were some stunning documentary photographs achieved throughout the Bridal preparations as the girls steamed Natasha’s wedding dress and the little flower girl produced some wonderful moments. The little flower girl admiring her mum as she had her make up applied by the stylist produced a quite memorable image from the day.
The ceremony in the Crow’s nest was full of nerves and anticipation until the quite radiant Bride walked towards her Groom. You could hear a pin drop as Natasha strolled so elegantly down the aisle and as she reached Ben you could see both of them just completely relax. Some stunning moments occurred during the ceremony as the lovely couple evolved from being Bride and Groom to Husband and Wife.
As you are not permitted to use confetti at this venue I suggested using a couple of bubble machines instead. I had seen this at Chi and Yijing’s wedding at Manor by the Lake which produced some beautiful photographs. I knew it would do exactly the same for Ben and Natasha and I know they personally loved this set of photographs.
As this was my third wedding at Spitbank Fort I wanted to try a few new ideas during the couple’s time alone and these produced some stunning results. Two of the stand out images were closing the main doors slightly and having Natasha and Ben as a slight silhouette – STUNNING!! The other was to incorporate the lighthouse and Spinnaker Tower in the distance – again, STUNNING!!
The most memorable image from the day for me has to be using Natsaha’s long veil over the top of the couple. This may sound a little strange but it produced a wonderful moment between them as you will see below 🙂
Natasha and Ben both work for British Airways (Ben being a pilot) and so it was apt that they incorporated a plane at some point. As a complete surprise to their guests an air-o-batics show began from nowhere. The plane dipped, drew hearts in the air and even performed a vertical drop, it was an incredible sight!
The speeches were full of laughter around the wedding breakfast as both the Groom and Best man recounted parts of the Las Vegas Stag do. The first dance was wonderfully watched by the guests, as the couple danced so beautifully together.
Soon it was time for my boat to leave and as I sailed back to shore I thought to myself what an absolute joy it was to be part of Natasha and Ben’s remarkable wedding. This was one that I will never forget and thank you so much to Ben and Natasha for letting me photograph it for you.
Enough talking from me, here’s Natasha and Ben’s beautiful Spitbank Fort wedding story…
If you are looking to book a Spitbank Fort wedding photographer please feel free to get in touch check on my availability or to see more of my portfolio at this beautiful venue head over to Clare and Marcus’ wedding – it’s a stunner too.