Abigail and Peter had their Mas des Comtes de Provence Wedding a few years ago now, but after getting my website hacked and loosing all of my content I’ve decided to re-blog some of my past favourite weddings in-between the most recent ones.
I met with Abigail and Peter a few months before their wedding for their couple shoot at the Boating Lake in Cleethorpes. It’s always useful to have a pre-shoot before your wedding as it can help anyone who’s nervous be more at ease with me on the day. It also helps me to see what works best for you as a couple. Some couples need a lot of help with positioning, where to place arms etc, and some work better just being completely natural and having a giggle with one another. Abigail and Peter definitely worked better when I photographed them naturally interacting with each other.
After approximately 5 trains, a bus and 2 taxi rides I arrived the day before the wedding, staying in Beaucaire. The wedding ceremony was scheduled for 5:30pm which may seem quite late to us English folk, but its not out of the ordinary in warmer countries as it would simply be too hot in the midday heat for an outdoor service. This meant I had chance to look around the beautiful grounds at venue before I went to the bridal preparations at lunchtime.
Abigail and her bridesmaids were relaxing in the bridal suite when I arrived so I took some details whilst capturing the ladies getting ready. The light in the room was stunning and the decor even more beautiful. It was a wedding photographers dream. Peter was also staying at the venue so I was able to nip across to his room and capture a few shots of him getting ready (all 2 minutes of it).
I then headed down to the ceremony a few minutes before the bride so I could capture their arrival. The ceremony took place underneath the shade of one of the venue’s trees. Thankfully they worked with me on where best to seat everyone otherwise the couple would have been side lit by the sun. Back lit is always the best option when working with sunlight, but because that wasn’t an option we decided to stick to the shade. I love the shots from the ceremony, they’re so full of vibrancy and love, my favourite moment was when Peter touched Abigail’s arm as she arrived. I love capturing those moments.
After the ceremony all the guests proceeded to the courtyard for canapés and music, whilst I took the time to grab a few shots of the couple before starting the groupings. Due to the later ceremony I didn’t have a lot of time to work with before the speeches were due to start. After finishing the groups I snook in a few more shots of the couple in the courtyard and headed over to the converted barn for the wedding breakfast and speeches.
Not long after the main meal had finished it was time to head over to another converted barn for the evening reception. Before the first dance the couple lit their profiterole cake and opened the pudding bar. Yep, a bar dedicated to puddings. I was in macaroon heaven. I really did have the most amazing time at Abigail and Peter’s wedding and its still to this day one of my all time favourites; the people, the venue, the weather and all the love at this wedding was what made it so special.