Larmer Tree Gardens Wedding Photography
Every now and then, I get to photograph a wedding that has a little extra significance, whether that’s because of the location, or because I’m shooting for friends and family. Sure it comes with a little added pressure, but as a documentary photographer, knowing your subject that little bit better and being able to empathise that bit more can really help with access, and helps put your subject at ease. In this case, Sarah and Ben are neighbours of mine, and so having spent a little bit of time together, it made things feel very natural when it came to their Larmer Tree Gardens wedding photography, and I think really put them at ease too. Add to this that I’d joined both family and friends for a barbecue (keep scrolling to the end of this blog post to see those photos) and everyone felt very relaxed with my presence on the big day.
Throughout their stay, both families were able to stay at King John’s House. This is where both Ben and Sarah were getting ready in the morning, and where we had had the barbecue the day before. It’s so nice to be able to photograph both bride and groom getting ready, and show the couple parts of the day that they will have missed out on. From there it was only a short drive to the amazing Larmer Tree Gardens, where almost the entire day was spent outdoors. Except for a little rain in the evening, the ceremony, garden games, and even the speeches were all able to take place outside, before doing a few portraits including some of my favourite shots on my Large Format Film Camera in front of the Roman temple and on the theatre stage.
One of the things I’m always looking out for, as someone who wants to tell the story of the wedding day, is actions and reactions, and this was certainly the case during Ben and Sarah’s documentary wedding photography in Wiltshire. It’s all too easy to just focus on the bride and groom all day, but having so much space to move around during their Larmer Tree Gardens wedding photography meant that I was able to capture so many different angles, that I hope not only create some interesting compositions but also tell the story of how people were feeling at that moment.
The day before…
It’s always been an ambition of mine to photograph around, and beyond, the wedding day itself, and Sarah and Ben’s documentary wedding photography in Wiltshire gave me the opportunity to do just that, when they asked me if I would join them for a barbecue at King John’s House on the evening before the wedding. It was a great way to introduce myself before the big day, and I’m really pleased with many of the shots I got. The original house was designed as a hunting ‘box’ for the king during the very early years of the 13th century, whereas the current King John’s House was built in 1240, shortly after the King’s death in 1216, and is only a fifteen minute walk from Larmer Tree Gardens, itself designed as a Victorian pleasure garden.