I initially met Tash and Bob at a wedding fair at the Gatwick Cambridge Hotel (Horley, Surrey) last year, of which consequently they then secured my services for their wedding which took place on Saturday 7th May 2011.
Both Tash and Bob had been previously married before, and not being huge fans of having their pictures taken informed me that they weren’t overly fussed about too many ‘posed’ images to be taken on their big day.
If anyone has ever been to the Cambridge Hotel, they will know that it unfortunately isn’t blessed with natural surrounds or an incredible amount of choice and variation for photographs within it’s grounds.
I’ve photographed there on many occasions, and I generally rely on securing images at the ceremony venue before the couple arrive at the Cambridge for their reception for this exact reason.
This sadly wasn’t possible on this occasion as Tash & Bob were having their ceremony conducted at the Cambridge itself as well as staging their reception there too – this naturally gave me a dilemma, and after much thought and conversation with Tash & Bob we agreed that we would literally pop down the road to an open natural site nearby in order to capture some nice bride and groom portraits within natural surrounds rather than be limited to the constraints that we were facing within the Cambridge.
All was arranged that after the ceremony, we would sneak off for approximately 30 minutes at the designated site for a handful of images, before then returning back to the reception to resume their celebrations.
However, things didn’t run to plan, and the wedding ceremony itself ran 30-40 minutes late due to a couple of hitches. Being on a reasonably tight timeline this then in effect thwarted our opportunity to leave the hotel grounds, and as a result we then had no choice but to work within the restraints available to us.
Whilst I was disappointed for Tash & Bob that we weren’t going to be able to capture as beautiful pictures as I had intended, in all honesty they were not too upset and were happy to work within the limited resources.
There was a rather large collection of formal group shots requested, and this further ate into our Itinerary, and before we knew it we only were able to capture a handful of intimate bride & groom portraits.
Despite my disappointment of the restrictions on behalf of the couple, it still was an enjoyable wedding to photograph, and there were many characters who kept me amused throughout – including a calculated group ‘bundle’ on the bride and groom when they were sat on the floor posing for one of their portraits – I did manage to get a shot of this as it happened, and you’ll find it below amongst the other handful of images from the day!