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Hampton Manor Documentary Wedding Photography, Paul and Amy

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I love working at Hampton Manor, a great venue with really friendly staff. I love working with fun couples like Amy & Paul even more.

Their day was a roller coaster ride full of fun, love, laughter, joy, nerves, reflection and tears – all of the ingredients that go to make documenting a wedding like this such a pleasure and a real honour. Thank you, Amy & Paul, for choosing me to document your day.

I’m going to be controversial on a couple of counts here and also say that I have had some nightmare experiences with vicars and videographers at weddings. I can count on one hand, the number of times I’ve been banned from documenting the ceremony in a church. I can count on the other hand the number of videographers that have been great to work with, eg; inconsiderate, not working with me as a team to not block each other’s angles, not having good spatial awareness etc.

Amy and Paul have cleared this article before it goes live, to help raise awareness of this kind of situation arising for other future brides and grooms.

First the church…

I always make straight for the vicar or officiant before a ceremony starts to introduce myself and explain how I work; quietly, patiently, thoughtfully, with no flash and with a huge dose of respect for both the church and for the ceremony itself. My couples’ wedding day is about them and their ceremony, not me. Amy & Paul had informed me weeks before the wedding that they had received clearance from the church for me to work from the rear of the aisle. Unfortunately, the church told me differently upon our chat before the ceremony. “There’ll be no pictures at all from the moment the first hymn is over up until the signing of the register”. I couldn’t even sneakily take a few potshots from the back as the lady who had enforced these restrictions stood on my shoulder all the way through the ceremony. As a result, I missed recording some lovely, emotional moments from Amy during the vows. To be fair to the church, they have had some bad experiences with photographers. I just think it a little unfair that they tar all photographers with the same brush.

So if you are reading this and planning your wedding, I implore you to check carefully with the officiant that photography of your ceremony is, first of all, allowed and that they won’t backtrack and change their policy on the day.

Now the videographer…

I should actually refer to Jeff as the wedding cinematographer. Luckily, he did get permission from the church to document the ceremony and capture those wonderful moments I was banned from recording. The reason? A video camera (DSLR) is silent! Anyway, Jeff Wood of Jeff Wood Visuals is not only a really nice guy and great to work with, but his work absolutely blows me away – he is such a talented guy! He even managed to put up a same-day edit of the wedding and presented it at the evening reception. You can see the film right here. Take a look at his work, I dare you not to be wowed & touched by the amazing coverage. I’d happily work with Jeff again anytime, he comes very highly recommended by me.

Regardless of the restrictions placed on me during the ceremony, Amy & Paul were chuffed to bits with the final story of their day… “Thanks so much for these. My goodness, they are absolutely amazing! We are completely delighted. Every time we look at the images we see something different (and we are addicted to looking at them!). Thanks again Ian – these shots are just stunning :)”

A selection of faves from the day is below.

6 Comments

  • Wonderful coverage Ian, great moments and emotion.
    Shame on the Vicar, completely wrong and I don’t know how he sleeps at night.

  • Great photographs as ever – shame about the grumpy vicar type.

    I feel your pain!

    David.

  • Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple, you are a lovely man and i am very pleased to have met you, fantastic photography, and i know what you mean about the church ….they moved the flowers too !!! Great job though regardless of the hitches x Lisa x p.s Fab shots of the flowers too thanks xxxxxx (Les-Lea-Jo’s Flowers )

  • Ian, as ever – a stunning set. Nice one mate. And you are correct – that SDE video is something else…

    Cheers

    Mick

  • Ian, amazing. As we’ve said before we could not be more delighted. Anyone even browsing wondering if they should invite you to document their wedding needs to stop right now……and just get Ian booked. A complete genius and utterly wonderful and unintrusive to work with. Thank you again Ian, Amy & Paul x

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