Haselbury Mill Wedding
Mike – my 2nd shooter – and I recently shot Lisa and Jeff Carter’s wedding at Haselbury Mill near Crewkerne. The last time I was scheduled to visit this venue, my car suffered fatal head gasket failure on route. This time around, I was determined to make it there without incident and breathed a tiny sigh of relief when we arrived at Lisa’s prep venue – a colourful and quirky air B&B – on time.
We got straight to work and I quickly fell in love with the house which was a festival of colour and eccentricity. Equally as photogenic were the bride and her bridesmaids who were all in full swing with there preparations. They still found the time to make us both a hot brew though. Perfect!
With the bridal prep almost wrapped up, I sent Mike on ahead to cover the groom, ushers and hubbub of the ceremony venue. Haselbury Mill sits within 21 acres of park land nestled in the heart of the Somerset countryside just outside Crewkerne. The ceremony would take place on the Mill’s belvedere – a gorgeous raised platform situated on the lawn across from the barn’s main entrance. The weather could not have been better for an outdoor wedding. Broken sunshine shone through white fluffy clouds which made for the perfect temperature and light to shoot under.
Best laid plans
I think someone forgot to tell the wedding party that the plan was for the couple to walk down the isle then turn around and come back for the confetti. At least that’s what Lisa told me so I didn’t rush to get in front of them for their procession. Luckily, Mike was already in position and caught some great shots. It’s times like that when having a second shooter can really make all the difference.
To say that Mike and I have contrasting approaches when it comes to capturing the evening reception would be an understatement. I favour multi-point off-camera flash while mike prefers a single on-camera flash. In the right hands, both methods are extremely effective.
The Venue Matters
A great venue makes all the difference from a photography perspective and Lisa and Jeff absolutely nailed it in this regard. Visual information about a subject’s environment is as crucial as the subject itself. Interesting backdrops make for memorable photos and make my job far easier in framing my subject within their chosen setting. Many venues that have an attractive frontage are cold, featureless, poorly lit and say nothing visually internally. This was most definitely not the case with Haselbury Mill. After an exhilarating day, Mike and I fought the temptation to stay for a drink and hit the road home. Such a lovely group of people and an amazing venue with some great shots to boot.
I love my job!
Rex Preston is a Devon based wedding and event photographer. He shoots across the UK, Europe and beyond. To find out more about him and his work visit his home page. His full portfolio can be found here. For bookings and availability or just to say hello, get in touch here.