A Transatlantic Love Story
Charlene and David’s romantic tale begins with two very different origin stories…she was a beautiful all-American girl…he was a British former boy band singer. All was set for a fairy-tale wedding: from the location, an exquisite Tudor Mansion in a picturesque English village, to the bride’s very own glass slippers!
Weddings like this are a joy to shoot – but that doesn’t mean I don’t do all the necessary preparation beforehand. As ever, I arrived early to scope out the venue, looking carefully at things like where the sunlight fell, where to direct the group shots, etc.
I’ll always remember David, down on one knee, holding Charlene’s foot in one hand, the glass slipper in another. Charlene’s face said it all – an expression that only a truly happy bride can make.
I love to bring out the personality and character of people at a wedding – the intimacy and warmth of the bridal prep, the camaraderie of the groom and his best men as they wait…if the bride and groom are up for it I like to stage shots. This is the best way to convey everything they’re going for in terms of the style and tone of their big day.
On this occasion Charlene and David were the opposite of camera shy. Most couples only spend a short time with me on their own in front of the camera but they were willing to work on a lot more set up and staging than usual. This allowed me to inject a lot of flair and capture some really compelling images. But the one I’ll always remember is David, down on one knee, holding Charlene’s foot in one hand, the glass slipper in another. Charlene’s face said it all – an expression that only a truly happy bride can make.