Going home

We’ve just photographed Andy & Vicki’s wedding near Northampton and we’re heading back to Italy first thing tomorrow morning. We haven’t had much internet access recently so we’re a bit behind with answering our emails. We’ve also struggled to do much album work whilst we’ve been in the UK as we don’t get on well with photoshop without our trusty old Wacom graphics tablet :( We’ll hopefully have some images up from Andy & Vicky’s wedding in a day or two and for those clients waiting patiently to see their wedding images – watch this space – we’ll hit the ground running on Monday and tie ourselves to the computers :)

Ciao for now! – Andy

Wedding photographer: Chateau Le Mas de Montet, Dordogne, France: Martin & Rachel

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers in the Dordogne at the Chateau Le Mas de Montet for the wedding of Martin & Rachel

We spent a few days in the Dordogne (France) last weekend in order to photograph Martin & Rachel’s wedding at Chateau Le Mas de Montet. After a couple of beautifully warm days, we were all surprised to wake up to an overcast & wet Saturday! The ceremony was switched from outdoors to a beautiful room in the Chateau and the enclosed space made for a really intimate ceremony. As fortune would have it, the weather cleared up later in the day offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and, later in the evening, the fireworks.

It was also great to catch up with Dave & Nina (we photographed their wedding last year in Siena) and see so many of their friends & relatives who shared both of these lovely weddings.

As we’re away from home, we don’t have the means to ‘work’ these images – but here are a few to give you an idea of what’s to come:

Le Mas de Montet – this is actually out of sequence, as it was later in the day when the sun made an appearance and lit up the building, but it sets the stage perfectly for the images that follow. Check out the large Redwood in the foreground.

A confetti moment.

I was going to put this into black & white but if you can see the colour of this little guy’s eyes together with the boquet colour, you’ll understand why it stays this way.

Martin & Rachel were just getting ready for a large group photograph. I like the way they are the only ones paying attention whilst Amy is trying to gather everyone else together.

Maggie – a VIP (Very important pooch!)

Awwww.

And finally, from the Mitterrand suite looking out at the couple on their balcony.

That’s all for now – we’re in and out of internet contact whilst we’re travelling for this week’s weddings; if we don’t reply straight away to your emails, that’s why. Ciao! – Andy

Wedding photographer: Rome – Chiesa di Santa Costanza & Bernini Bristol Hotel: Matthew & Denise (& the roof of Rome!)

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers in Rome at Chiesa di Santa Costanza & Bernini Bristol Hotel for the wedding of Matthew & Denise.

We’re just back from Rome and the beautiful wedding of a lovely couple. Matthew & Denise were married in an emotional ceremony by Father David – a Priest & family friend – in the gorgeous Chiesa di Santa Costanza. We were all then transported to the luxurious 5-star Bernini Bristol Hotel which dominates Piazza Barberini. The guests were treated to a roof-top terrace reception with top quality food, a jazz trio & stunning views of the city. Pam, Sheila & David of Wed-in-Rome did a superb job of putting the day together and keeping it on track – (& they got a well-deserved “thank you” from an appreciative Matthew in his speech). I could go on and on about this day but let’s look at some snaps eh? ;)

Matthew – absolutely not looking nervous before leaving the hotel for the church.

How often have you been in churches like this one?! Family & friends stood in a semi-circle around the Altar. We particularly love this shot for the story it’s telling. In the large version you can see the best man wiping his eyes (He’s in the background between the couple & Father David).

Father David in action!

How about that for a beaming Bride!

Brother & Sisters outside the church.

An example of that golden, Italian light – early evening on the roof terrace.

And finally, a glimpse of the city from the terrace. Of the illuminated buildings on the horizon, you can pick out St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City which is just to the right of centre on the horizon. Our wide-angle lens makes everything look much more distant than it actually was.

Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon folks! Look forward to seeing some ‘snaps’ of your own!! :) – Andy

Nigel & Lisa

We flew back to the UK on Thursday for Nigel & Lisa’s wedding in the village church at Bunbury followed by their reception at Peckforton Castle. The church is absolutely stunning – if you’re ever passing this village make sure you go and have a look. Peckforton Castle has become an extremely popular wedding venue – and it’s easy to see why although the interior is extremely dark (in photographic terms) so we were thankful for our fast lenses (and some occasional help from our video light!)

Here’s a taster of what we got.

Wow! A lovely shot of Amy’s from the morning. I decided to soften it slightly to compliment the little flower girl and the lighting.

Now that’s a first kiss!

There were some birthdays to celebrate – the three subjects seen here. I like the way that they’re framed – it looks like a heart to me.

Nigel & Lisa back at Peckforton Castle.

I moved a ‘very’ heavy table & some chairs so that we could do this shot in the great hall in between meal courses. Definitely worth the effort.

Because it was soooo dark, I lit the first dance with video light whilst Amy shot it. I love this – the opposite camera focus-assist, lens flare, colours & the little girl doing her own ‘thing’ :)

Matt & Cath

On Saturday we were in a village about an hour south of Rome called Arpino for Matt & Cath’s wedding. The majority of their 120 guests had travelled out to Italy from the UK for their big day and they were treated to fabulous weather, a fabulous wedding and an incredible meal with more courses than we could remember afterwards!

There’s a lovely story behind how they chose Arpino – Matt’s great grandparents were married in the same church in 1912! We’ve got some gorgeous images of the story of their day including some photographs that they’d specifically asked for at his ancestors old home.

Cath & her father walked through the streets of Arpino to the church.

A thoughtful moment during the ceremony.

Confetti Italian-style (rice!) in the searing early-afternoon heat.

The church and a seriously blue sky!

Whilst Matt & Helen prepared to leave for his great-grandparents’ old house, the guests quickly headed for the shade and a quick drink in the bar opposite the church.

Walking up to the old house.

And another walking shot – this time through the hotel dining room entrance for the wedding meal.

Thanks to Father David for allowing us the freedom to photograph the ceremony and give Matt & Cath some lovely photographs to remember this special day by. Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon folks – lets hope Italy can beat the French this time! – Andy