Clair & Stephen's wedding at Dunglass

30th May 2016
Clair & Stephen's wedding marked the real start of our wedding season - with practically every weekend having at least one wedding in it until October - and lots of mid-week ones in between, so I'd been mentally preparing and working out.
Well maybe not working out.

The day of the wedding came on a blustery day with rain in the morning, after such a gorgeous spell of Spring sunshine, but as always I'd promised our photos would be adorned with blue skies and smiles as our contract stipulates.
By the time we'd made our first visit to the girls and Keith and Mary the Mobster (Clair's mum & dad) the day was looking brighter already, just the odd hoot of wind now and again.

It was all a very relaxed start to the day, with both the girls, and the Stephen and the boys in the cottages nearby all relaxed. Maybe too relaxed, as by the time Annie & I had shot the dresses, details in the marquee, flowers, the venue etc there was no action for us to capture.

I knew straight off that that meant one thing.... come 1:15pm I'd be running around like mad getting the bridal portraits and the groomsmen and the first of our photo request list all crammed into the final few seconds before ceremony start time.
It all came together though, and soon we were happy we'd had a 20 minute morning break as it was kick off time and everyone was buzzing (not the football cup final , that was 3pm).

Clair entered through the end of the church and had a slow walk in with dad to see Stephen welling up with emotion with the best man at his side calming him down, and we were off into a lovely humanist ceremony by Fiona Thomas.

Once the ceremony was finished and marriage schedule signed Clair & Stephen made their way down the aisle, and then out again to meet all their guests who showered them with confetti.
This was the first time we used our new camera/toy to capture a people picture...
Check out this pic below, move around the photo, zoom in and out and see all the guests. Pretty cool eh. No practical use at all, we can't print a 360' photo, but for on a Blog like this, a fantastic bit of extraness to play with.
If there's something different we can try to offer a unique service - we're going to give it a whirl.
We took a few of these and have them here for you to play with.

Clair and Stephen - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Back to the big wedding though...

We ran through the family/group shots with just enough time to get some lovely photos of the happy couple before dinner. Clair & Stephen had asked for 10 minutes alone time before their big entrance, so we finished our photos at the house, and made our way up to the marquee to wait for them.

We had a fun 3 speeches, then I whizzed down the A1 to take Annie home and start the back up process of the photos so far. Before I went back for the night time fun and festivities.

Clair Stephen Groom speach - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Clair Stephen 1st dance. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

The band (Corra) did a great job of keeping people on the dance floor and the night was enjoyed by everyone.
The interesting stuff wasn't finished then though... just as I was taking the lights out to the car, I spotted Clair and her cheerleader pals getting into a group with shouts of "do it Clair!" and before we knew it our bride was standing atop the other lassies, arms outstretched ! This isn't the sort of thing you see a bride do at a wedding usually :)

Stephen had come out to see what was going on, so once the balancing acts were done, I grabbed our lovely couple for a couple of last bride & groom shots , just as the sun was setting over on the west... to mark the end of a very special day.

The full portfolio is over on our new proofing website where it is soooo easy to view them all and order copies, have a look here...

If you were at the wedding, or just like the pictures, then please leave a comment below and let me , and Clair & Stephen, know how much you enjoyed the day.

Big thanks to the families for having us at this fantastic wedding.

Tech details are at the end of the blog for photographers and gear heads to see...

Dunglass Estate - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Dunglass Estate venue

Dunglass church - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA



Camera gear used in the making of this wedding photography:
Fuji X-Pro2 with 23mm lens, Fuji X-T1 with 56mm lens. Assistant photographer Fuji X-T1 and 16-55 lens then switching to 35mm lens after ceremony.

Lighting for some bride & groom portraits Lencarta Atom 360 triggered with manual transceivers.

360' photos taken with Ricoh ThetaS camera.

Any questions or thoughts, drop me a comment or email.



Photo comment By keith and Mary Grainger: Absolutely fantastic photographs and you have managed to capture the full joy and beauty of the day. We couldn't have chosen a better photographer and would recommend you and Annie to everyone. Thank you so much for going that extra mile and for being so wonderful and good humoured with all the guests in addition to the wedding party.Stunning photography and we can't stop looking at them

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