The Best of Both Worlds – Tipi Wedding Photography in Hertfordshire
Working as a Hertfordshire wedding photographer, there are two categories of wedding I tend to see frequently – the classic, traditional white wedding with the church and the champagne wedding breakfast, and the more modern, contemporary, and unique wedding that goes against the grain. With Amie and Phil’s wedding, I got to see both happen at the same time – one of the more unusual weddings for me, but certainly a lot of fun, and quite the challenge!
Amie and Phil married at 1pm on 13th September in a beautiful and traditional church wedding. My day started with Amie, her bridesmaids, and her closest family; photographing them as they helped each other get ready, chatted, laughed, and reminisced about the past. I had gotten to know Amie quite well at her and Phil’s pre-wedding shoot in Battersea Park, so I knew I was in for a fun time during the prep – Amie has a very bubbly and energetic personality, and she’s always got a smile on her face. It was nice, however, to capture some real, raw, and emotional moments as she opened cards and read well wishes from friends and family.
At the church, my aim was to use a blend of photography styles to really bring out the tradition and sophistication of the venue. The pictures were very bright, very pure, and they show the atmosphere and environment of the time – something that I believe is hugely important in terms of wedding photography in order to create a wedding album with authenticity.
This ‘big white wedding’ feel continued as Amie and Phil – now man and wife – jumped into a beautiful white London taxi, and headed to their reception venue. However, it was here that the overall feel and theme of the day completely transformed into something more down-to-earth, rural, and raw. A huge tipi, complete with fire pit, had been set up in a local field, and it was fascinating to photograph the bride and her bridesmaids changing out of their high heels and into colourful wellington boots for the evening. There were opportunities to grab some breathtaking shots near the pond before the hog roast was brought out to satisfy growling bellies.
With such a sharp switch in theme, I had to use a number of different photography techniques during the reception to make sure I captured this part of the day just as accurately as I did the church ceremony. This included lots of dramatic shots with the flash engaged, coupled with more natural, lightly posed shots that showed off the stunning beauty of this amazing landscape. This is some of the most diverse Hertfordshire wedding photography I’ve done and, while challenging, it was an incredible experience.
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