Buxted Park in the sunshine. A great setting for a wedding
I love working at Buxted Park Hotel. It has stunning grounds, beautiful ceremony rooms and every wedding I have shot there has run very smoothly. I photographed this wedding at the end of May, and we were very lucky to have a nice day, the weather had been grim all week. I arrived just after the groom and photographed the guests arriving while we all waited for Rani, the bride to arrive. It was a civil ceremony, but had lots of nice touches that took account of Rani’s Indian heritage. Rani looked stunning in her dress and beautiful henna tattoos and arrived in style in a convertible Morris Minor.
After the ceremony everyone had drinks out on the terrace while I got to business herding people for the group photographs. The one point in the day where I have to step forward and get everyone organised so that we don’t over run and I don’t get told off by the caterers! I went through my list and got the ushers rounding people up. It all went pretty smoothly apart from one member of the bridal party disappearing to change her baby’s nappy. There are some things even the most assertive wedding photographer can’t control! Group shots at a venue like this are relatively easy as you can keep the everyone nearby so changing from one group to the next or finding someone is easy. It is also great as the guests can get fed and watered while you are working, so they don’t get bored and the day flows much better. I’m always acutely aware that everyone has a limited amount of enthusiasm for group photos that runs out quickly if you take too long. It’s not just about taking great photos. It’s about taking great shots within an allotted amount of time, without being too bossy and making it fun. That’s where the real skill in this type of work lies.
The guests were called into the dining room and I merged into the background catching moments between the guests as they laughed and chatted, renewed old acquaintances and introduced themselves to new additions to the extended clan. I did my usual, taking candid portraits of guests as the laughed and joked between courses, or as children played.