Rebecca & John’s Wedding Film
Rebecca & John’s Wedding Film
France is beautiful at any time of year, but is particularly stunning in the summer months, so making the trip to be Kasia and Connor’s Chateau la Durantie wedding photographer was a wonderful prospect.
Kasia and Connor held their wedding at Chateau la Durantie in July, when the sun was shining and the chateau’s gardens were in full bloom. The chateau is in the scenic Dordogne region, about an hours drive from the airport at Limoges.
Kasia and Connor’s friends and family travelled mostly from the UK for the wedding, and were welcomed by beaming sunshine, which lasted for the entire wedding day.
Connor prepared one of the most magical proposals we have heard of – planning a New Year’s trip which he left Kasia hints for – including a warm hat, a light bulb and a compass. Finally, he revealed that they were going to Tromso in Norway, to see the spectacular Northern Lights. The trip sounded amazing – husky sledging, a tour to see the aurora borealis for New Year’s Eve and a whale watching expedition on New Year’s Day! As Kasia and Connor posed for photos underneath the Northern Lights, Connor dropped to one knee and proposed. We now knew we had this iconic photograph as a benchmark for our wedding photography!
The day of the wedding was relaxed and full of laughter. Kasia and Connor’s huge dog ran around the venue, entertaining us, as well as the guests. Kasia got ready in a room in the chateau with her mother and bridesmaids. We had time for some bridal portraits, which is always a very calm, reflective time. Kasia looked stunning in her gorgeous wedding dress, with a delicate train cascading behind her.
Meanwhile, Connor and his groomsmen relaxed with cigars and a game of pool, drinking Southern Comfort as they waited for the ceremony. We shot some great photographs of them hanging out together, with the vibrant colours from the billiards room contrasting perfectly with their classic suits.
As the ceremony began, Kasia’s father was waiting for her on the beautiful staircase leading down to the gardens. The ceremony took place outside in the balmy Mediterranean sun, where Kasia’s father walked her through winding alleys to the arch that had been erected especially for the wedding.
The ceremony was over quickly, with some touching readings, before Connor and his new bride led the guests to the reception, which took place outside the chateau. One of the best things about a destination wedding is usually the fact that so much can be done outside, giving a laid back feel to the occasion. This is in stark contrast to working as a wedding photographer in London!
Champagne flowed during the reception, before the guests were directed to the other side of the venue for the wedding breakfast and speeches. We especially enjoyed Connor’s speech, which was full of witty anecdotes and kept everyone laughing.
We managed to steal Kasia and Connor away for their couple portraits, and were so impressed by how they followed our advice and were easy to direct, both being naturals in front of the camera. We spent 40 minutes with them around the chateau, exploring the picturesque surroundings and making use of the muted late afternoon light. We love establishing trust with the couples that we work with, as it gives such amazing results. Kasia and Connor were so in harmony with our directions that we captured one of the most stunning couple portraits we have taken this year.
We even took some photographs of them with their lovely dog, who was just as much a natural in front of the lens!
After the couple portraits, Kasia and Connor returned to their guests, where they enjoyed a three-course meal of delicious French cuisine.
Kasia and Connor’s cake was simple and tasteful, topped with fresh roses and circled by candles. They cut the cake outside, so we could take photographs of them surrounded by their friends and family in the fading sunlight.
The first dance took place outside in the soft evening light, before everyone went to the marquee for the party to finish off the night, and the perfect wedding in France.
Working as a wedding photographer gives so many opportunities to share magical moments with couples and their friends and family. Spending a day as a Chateau la Durantie wedding photographer was a wonderful change to shooting weddings in the UK, and one of these truly magical moments!
It is not every day that you can claim as iconic an assignment as that of a Bodleian Library wedding photographer, but last July we did exactly that as we shot and filmed Haiyun and Meng’s beautiful Oxford wedding day.
Bodleian Library was built in the 17th Century, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. It serves as the main research library for Oxford University, and is now a meeting room for the university, where Meng has been studying for his PhD in Economics. Not to be outdone in the intellect stakes, Haiyun is also studying for her PhD in Denmark, in Architecture. Shooting the couple’s heritage-infused wedding at Bodleian Library meant that we were able to hone in on the venue’s intricate historical features, and utilise some truly timeless backdrops.
In terms of timing, this was quite a busy weekend for us! We shot another wedding in France on the Saturday, and then flew back to the UK early on Sunday morning and travelled straight to Oxford for Haiyun and Meng’s wedding day! We arrived just after lunch, and rather than feeling stressed, we actually felt very relaxed. Haiyun and Meng were a lovely couple, and we really clicked with them, so this gave the wedding day a wonderful, convivial feeling.
This was a very intimate wedding day, consisting of Haiyun and Meng’s and family closest friends, many of whom had travelled from their native China to be there for their special day. Their professors from both Oxford and Denmark were also in attendance!
Haiyun & Meng’s Wedding Film
At Haiyun and Meng’s request, we followed a slightly unorthodox routine with regards to the wedding photography. We shot the first set of portraits before the ceremony, and before Haiyun had gone to her nearby hotel to get ready. Haiyun and Meng were very at ease in front of the camera, and having a variety of opportunities to capture photographs and video was fantastic for us.
After these portraits, Haiyun went to her hotel to change into her incredibly elegant dress. Its fluted shape was perfectly offset by its flowing train, and she had teamed the dress with a gorgeous pair of ethereal sheer gloves. The veil was fixed to a classic tiara.
Meng is a keen photographer himself, and one of our most memorable moments was when he admired our cine lenses as his future wife glided down the aisle toward him! The ceremony was simple and understated, with some beautiful words from the priest. The Bodleian Library was a breath-taking venue, steeped in history and with a stunning vaulted ceiling which allowed for plenty of light.
After the ceremony, we followed the newlywed couple outside for a short reception, before returning to the library for the wedding breakfast. The table settings in the library were a sight to behold, with gold birdcages full of flowers and gold latticed cake stands holding delicious treats. Each table was laid impeccably, with copper-gold candelabras bursting with flower arrangements.
Haiyun and Meng cut their simple and stylish cake in front of their loved ones, before the speeches began. The professors leading Haiyun and Meng’s PhD courses told witty anecdotes related to their studies, and Meng made a touching speech about his new wife.
After the speeches, we snuck away with Haiyun and Meng for their second round of couple portraits. They were naturals in front of the camera, and genuinely enjoyed being photographed and filmed – a joy for a wedding photographer – which meant that we captured some amazing photographs and video.
As the sun went down, Haiyun and Meng had their first dance under the libraries majestic arches, and their family and friends gathered around them for the party. Their special day had a truly wonderful atmosphere. It was so poignant to see people from so many corners of the world coming together to celebrate with the couple, and in such a spectacular setting as this beautiful wedding at Bodleian Library. Our experience working as Haiyun and Meng’s Bodleian Library wedding photographer, and videographer, had been unforgettable.