Claire and Richard booked us nearly two years prior to their August 2011 wedding and chose the lovely Olton Friary in which to get married. We’re very familiar with the Friary, right from our early days of shooting weddings it’s been a favourite and we always enjoy going back there. Their service included Mass, so we had plenty of opportunities for photos.
Photographing weddings in Roman Catholic churches is very often a little easier than in those of the Church of England. For some reason, they seem more open to having the service photographed (discreetly, of course) and we very rarely have much in the way of restrictions during a Catholic service.
To transport the majority of their guests, both to the service and to the reception, held at the gorgeous Mallory Court, Warwickshire. Claire and Richard had hired a red London bus and all credit to the driver who managed not only to squeeze it past all the cars into the Friary’s car park, but also into Mallory’s drop-off area!
With a tight time schedule, we got to work with photos of Claire and Richard alone as soon as we arrived at Mallory, as the bus was due to arrive a short time later. Getting this session done meant we could then use the rest of the time during the drinks reception in which to get the formal group photos complete as well as a number of candid photos of the guests relaxing. We never have a problem at Mallory with time – Natalie and her team always run things on the dot and there’s never any unexpected “changes” to the schedule, which is just one of the reasons we love working there.
Following the meal and the speeches, we got Claire and Richard out for another photo session in the evening light before their evening reception started. They’d chosen to have a ceilidh, which are always great fun to photograph as pretty much everyone is dragged up onto the dance floor.
A thank-you to Claire and Richard – you really looked after us on the day – thanks guys, we do appreciate it.