At the beginning of September I had the privilege of photographing Ange & Gray’s wedding at Sheldrakes in the Wirral. This is a couple that generally don’t like having their photograph taken, and perhaps don’t see their natural beauty. The approach that I take at every wedding was the solution to giving them a great experience, and creating photographs that will remind them of their wedding day forever.
Looks posed but isn’t
One of the moments that stood out to me was later on in the day. It’s not my style to pose couples and tell them what to do, as I think it can look un-natural and it doesn’t create images that I enjoy.
What about the “couples/portrait photographs” I see on your website? To create a photograph of just the bride and groom, I just ask them to take a walk for five minutes and just enjoy each other’s company. This will create some natural moments, whether it’s a special look, a gorgeous smile, or a gentle kiss.
After Ange and Gray had spent those few minutes together outside by the boats, I heard Ange say that she didn’t want the day to end, she wanted to pause it! There is such a build up to a wedding day and sometimes reality can “kick in” on the day that it’s going to end and the princess/fairy-tale feeling will be over.
I believe that the wedding photographs that I create “pause the day” just like Ange wanted, and whenever she looks at the images she will be taken back to feel just like she was there.
Sheldrakes restaurant in Lower Heswall, Wirral is a fantastic venue for a wedding. The views are stunning, the inside is good relaxed space, and the staff are friendly and helpful. You can see in some of the photographs how awesome the venue looks, especially as it’s been decorated by Sweet Pea and Ivy.
Some Wedding Photographs
I hope you enjoy this collection of wedding photographs from this very special wedding day.
Sheldrakes Wedding Photography by Steve Chaplin, providing a calm and documentary wedding photography experience. Steve is based in Southport, and photographs weddings in the UK.