Photographed by Nicholas Hill
Lauren and Matt's Wedding
The choice of wedding venue is so important. A couple will often spend hours deliberating the finer points of where to get married. It is so important as a wedding photographer to capture the venue in the best and most flattering way possible to help tell that story.
The Solomons Estate Photography is set in 36 acres of the finest English Countryside. It was built in Victorian times and features a beautiful lake and surrounding woodland. The venue is licensed to hold indoor and outdoor ceremonies.
Lauren and Matt’s Thoughts
From the engagement shot to the last shot on our big day Nick pitched everything perfectly. Neither of us like being photographed but Nick knew exactly how to put us at ease and capture candid, natural shots. The end results were fantastic and so many people have commented on them. We can’t praise or recommend Nick highly enough! In fact, one of the bridesmaids thought he was so good she booked him for her wedding!
It is so important for my Solomons Estate Photography to capture the finer details of the day as well at the bigger moments we all expect. The flowers, rings, and even the choice of socks can be equally worthy of a thoughtful photograph. I tend to put time into setting up the rings as well as ensuring that nothing important is missed.
Bridal preparation is one of the most enjoyable parts of the day for me as a photographer. It is an important time during which brides can be feeling a little nervous or apprehensive. I use this time to good effect by making everyone in the bridal party feel comfortable about having their picture taken whilst trying to be as helpful as possible with tidying and time management where needed.
With Solomons Estate Photography there are two conference rooms which can be turned into a bridal preparation area, featuring a small balcony overlooking the grounds. Lauren and her bridesmaids arrived in plenty of time to ensure their hair and makeup was a relaxed and enjoyable affair.
The groom is the domain of my second photographer. I work with a talented guy call Matthew and he is well versed in helping ensure the time spent with the groomsmen is properly covered. Again my second photographer can help to act as a timekeeper and ensure everything runs to schedule. He is also very handy when it comes to folding a handkerchief or adjusting buttonholes.
Matt and his groomsmen were getting ready at a friends house round the corner from the venue. It was a surprise for Matt when a Lamborghini arrived to chauffeur him to Solomons Estate for his wedding ceremony.
The wedding ceremony is the whole reason for the day, as such I ensure that both myself and Matthew try to be as unimposing as possible. It is helped by the fact there are two of so we do not need to move around and can cover two different perspectives with ease. I can even help advise you both on how to stage the perfect first kiss!
The weather just about held off and it was possible for Lauren and Matt to take advantage of an outdoor ceremony on the rear balcony. The views out from the balcony at Solomons Estate Photography are simply breathtaking as you look down over the lake.
The drinks reception is a time when your guests get to mingle and chat amongst themselves. I try to ensure that you both get a good amount of time to greet your guests before we move into the formals and portraits. This becomes a great reason for a second photographer. Whilst we are covering other important aspects of your photography you can be sure that the reception and wedding breakfast table details are being properly photographed.
The formal photography of the wedding day is very much a time when I will take control to help ensure it is carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is my recommendation that a bride and groom produce a list of around eight to ten formal group shots they would like taken.
Portraits are often a time to be creative. I am often asked if I can incorporate the venue into the portraits and this is something I try to do whenever possible. It is so nice to photograph the bride and groom as part of an environmental portrait helping show the grandeur and beauty of a venue.
From the moment a bride and groom are introduced into the wedding breakfast room I like to ensure we capture those special moments as they unfold. I typically do not photograph people eating as this is never flattering but regardless of if the speeches are before or after a meal we are there and ready to capture this and the reactions from the guests in attendance.
First Dance & Cake Cutting
As a photographer lighting is so important. I ensure that I balance the ambient light in the room with the light from my off camera flash. The resulting images are well lit but still convey the mood of low lighting used during the evening.
Everyone loves to dance at a wedding and once the lights are dimmed we ensure that all those great moments are captured properly.
Photographed by Nicholas Hill