Rachel and Eddie first approached me to be their Morley Hayes Wedding Photographer back in January 2016. They told me how they were keen to book with a local wedding photographer based in Nottingham or Derby that not only knew the venue well, but had the technical know how to shoot a December 2016 wedding with all of the winter weather and low light challenges that would come with it! I of course was happy to oblige. Being based on the border of the two counties I predominately cover wedding photography in Derby and Nottingham and I'd photographed many weddings at Morley in both summer and winter.
In winter Morley Hayes weddings enjoy stunning festive decorations and is lit up like an Alpine ski resort. For photographers that know technical off-camera lighting solutions, its a creative paradise for dramatic and elegant wedding portraits.
The snow machine we used was lots of fun and we got some great candid shots of the guests as they left the ceremony. Whilst it stayed dry during the day we did have to endure freezing fog which really impeded visibility; Fortunately I had the lighting solutions for it not to be a problem. We had thoroughly planned the formal group shots so as to quickly and efficiently get guests back inside to the warmth before my assistant and I took the couple off for a couple of portraits shots against a setting sun.
In the evening after their first dance, Eddie and Rachel were keen for some moody portraits set against some of the festive lights. Having the foresight I'd planned for the -2 degree weather and packed a couple of ski jackets to keep the bride and groom warm in between shots, although I suspect the champagne played its part in insulating them too.
A most enjoyable wedding to photograph and video and a great way to close a superb 2016 season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!