After a almost two weeks of unseasonable rain, I woke up to a break in the weather just in time for a days Highfield Park wedding photography. With rain forecast, it was going to be a case of racing through to get everybody done and sat down before it broke!
The weather held for the wedding itself, held in St Michael church in Heckfield. This is literally 2 minutes walk from Highfield Park. I do like a church wedding every so often, that shot from the back with the alter and stain glass is wedding photography gold.
Churches are usually somewhat more restrictive for wedding photography than a hotel. St Michael’s Church is no exception. The vicar ran through the usual restrictions, the most limiting being to take just one image of the bride as she walked down the aisle!
The service itself went without a hitch and then we moved outside to take a few shots before moving to Highfield Park. This is always a nice time as there is a natural high following the service. Trying to arrange a few organised shots proved quite challenging because of the church bells!
The Reception at Highfield Park
Highfield Park is just a minutes walk from St Michael Church. After giving the couple a few minutes to take a drink I went outside to assess the weather because it had been so unsettled. Straight away I realised that it was going to be a race against the clock becuase the skies where already Grey and darkening by the minute. The pressure was on to finish quickly because of it.
With a bit of space and a controlled environment I opted to shoot with my 85mm prime lens. I love this lens for the sharpness, shallow depth of field and perspective. Having to walk backwards and forwards to ‘zoom’ is a small price to pay!
With the couple shots in the bag I moved on to the groups. As the skies still growing darker and a few family members proving difficult to locate I opted to stay in one location. With less moving around it speeds up the overall process and this had turned into a race.
The Wedding Breakfast at Highfield Park
I was able to get many images of guests enjoying themselves because they were used to be by then.. The couple had also hired a magician, that gave me lots of action to capture.
For the speeches the lighting in the room was far from ideal and so I had to light it. I used two flashes placed off camera to produce a nice even light.
Wedding Photography at Highfield Park Summary
It was nice being back at Highfield Park as I have not shot a wedding there for quite a long time, although I definitely want better weather next time!