Wow what a wedding! Very busy! The whole wedding day was shot single shooter although looking back there are probably occasions when having a second shooter might have produced a few images that would have been nice although not essential, like shots of Natasha in her dress at the end of getting ready. Shots I was not able to take as I was at Wayne’s house taking shots of him getting ready. But this sequence and logistics had been arranged well in advance with the couple and its the way they wanted it.
The service was attended by many of their West Indian friends and relatives at St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing. A lovely dark red brick building, lots of architecture and the inside is very atmospheric with a classic high vaulted nave and aisles either side. They have a new organ which is at the back in a gallery just below the large round window at the rear. There is no trancept, but the high alter is surrounded by fresco’s and stained glass windows.
I normally shoot without flash because I prefer the natural light, but in this case the vicar had also requested that I did not use flash (see my post about church etiquette). There was just enough natural light enhanced by spot lights high up in the vaulted ceiling, but is pushed the limits (typically f2.8, 1/60 or slower at a high ISO of 800-3200). Not sure a faster lens (eg f1.4) would have produced results that were any better. Another challenge often finding one or many of the guests standing in the middle of the nave when I was trying to take a shot from the back of church… it made for some atmospheric shots that recorded what happened.
The reception was literally down the road at Ealing Rugby Club. The tables for the Wedding Breakfast had been laid out in white and the seats, including in what I felt was a nice touch the highchairs, were decorated with pale pink organza ribbon.
One of the requests Natasha and Wayne had made was for some of the images from the wedding, along with some from the engagement shoot, to be made available on the large screens in the reception for guests arriving in the evening who would have missed the ceremony. I had been wondering when I would have a chance to do this and took advantage of the bar area to rapidly process some images once the wedding breakfast was well under way.
All in all it was a great day.