Battle Abbey wedding
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Potter who, along with their Harley-Davidson, were married at historic Battle Abbey School in the small town of Battle, East Sussex, England.
There are few wedding venues that can offer such glorious memories and superb photo opportunities as Battle Abbey School for us Sussex wedding photographers. The boarding school occupies part of the town’s heritage site, the ruined abbey complex, and it is from here that the school derives its name.The imposing 13th century Abbot’s House was preserved and passed into private hands. Numerous additional structures also survived including the imposing 14th century gatehouse, which now serves as the school gate. I just love shooting weddings here!
I met the happy couple at a recent wedding fair where they took up on my wedding photography offer at the time. I covered from the groom’s grand arrival on his pride and joy, a Harley-Davidson motorbike which provided some great image ideas. The boys were totally up for it and made the most of their wedding photography opportunities. The bride’s entrance via the gatehouse in her red vintage wedding car was just as incredible. My telephoto lens came handy to capture the moment.
The ceremony room is just divine. The light was flooding in, creating an almost heavenly atmosphere for the wedding vows. The gallery’s bird’s eye view allowed me to vary my perspective. I always suggest to my lovely couples to look across each other when they exit after the wedding ceremony. This way the bride and groom look perfectly united in the pictures just moments after their vows - demonstrated superbly by Tash and Ash in their gallery. The sneaky kiss is always a success too.
The wedding party were just as open for some fun shots as the newly weds. I love when the wedding guests come up with crazy photo ideas. As it was a sunny day, I used the back of the school where I could use the shade allowing the wedding party not to squint. The back for the school is just as extraordinary and the entire venue offers a wedding photographer some wonderful opportunities.
My favourite part of the wedding was shooting the couple at the heritage site. My prime lenses came in handy once again due to the low light condition. On the grounds of the school, I shot the images using my telephoto lens and my ultra wide angle, to include as much of the scenery as possible. By using a narrow aperture, I managed to capture the rays of the sun creeping around the tower and shining on the happy couple.
Wedding photography wouldn’t be the same without some fun wedding guest’s shots. I used the rim light in most of my images to provide that nice english summer glow. The rim light is where the sun is behind the subject and gives the appearance of a light outline. This technique pulls the subject from the background and offers depth and dimension to the shot. Perfect for summer Sussex weddings.
The wedding day often seems to go by in a flash and this wonderful Battle wedding soon came to an end. The newly wed's choreographed dance in the remarkable hall was fantastic. I finished the shoot with a photo with my fish eye lens, which allowed me to capture 180 degree horizontally and vertical of the dance floor.
Lat but not least here is the feedback I have received from the happy bride: "Wow Maria! These photos are truly stunning, everyone who saw the select few on Facebook last week have said that the photos are by far the best wedding photos they have ever seen and we completely agree! We will go through and select the ones for our album etc :) Thank you once again for your amazing photography skills and capturing every moment of our bug day so perfectly!."
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