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Dunchurch Park Hotel is a spectacular Warwickshire wedding venue and this historic old mansion house was Ben & Megan’s choice for their reception following their marriage ceremony at Welford Church in March.

Several months earlier, Ben and Megan had visited my stand at a local wedding fair and spent some time looking through my sample albums. When I’m exhibiting at wedding fairs, I prefer to leave visitors to look around my stand in peace without feeling pressurised, whilst I stay in the background. I’m always on hand to answer any questions and after they had taken a look through my display, Ben & Megan told me about their wedding day plans. We clicked instantly, they are a fun-loving couple and I was delighted when they took the next step to book me because it is so important for couples to have a rapport with their wedding photographer. Ben & Megan understood this and after a few minutes of conversation they asked if I was available to photograph their March wedding. Fortunately I was available, the contracts were signed right there and their wedding date was in the diary!

The day eventually came and I arrived at Megan’s parent’s home at 10.30am, to join Megan and the girls a couple of hours before the ceremony. Bridesmaids Chloe, Ruby, Miah and flowergirl Acacia were also getting ready there and were all buzzing with anticipation! This is always a good time for informal, documentary photographs as well as details shots of the dress, flowers shoes and jewellery, etc. After I had made portraits of Megan, her bridesmaids and her parents, it was time for me to join Ben at Welford church.

Ben was there when I arrived 45 minutes before the ceremony, along with best man Jason and ushers Alan, Rhys, Tom and Ellis. Formal portraits of the boys individually and as a group were followed by more informal documentary photography as the guests began to arrive. The key to the smooth running of any wedding day is to allow adequate time and I strongly believe couples should have as much time on their wedding day with their families and friends as possible.

The weather was kind, especially as this was early March, and the soft light was perfect for photographs. Megan and her entourage arrived on time in a beautifully restored VW ‘splitty’ camper van and drew quite a crowd in the village!

After the ceremony, the new Mr & Mrs Carney greeted their guests outside the church. This is a perfect opportunity for informal documentary photography. I have always felt that couples and their families and friends should be left to themselves at this point for two reasons: the first is that everyone has just witnessed the marriage and will want to congratulate the bride and groom. The second reason is the expressions and emotion at that time are personal and should be photographed unobtrusively to preserve the moment.

Confetti throwing after everyone had exited the church and had time to be greeted by the newlyweds and then we set of on the journey to the reception at Dunchurch Park Hotel.

Family photographs followed the drinks and canapes reception and followed in turn by the wedding party photographs. It was a lot of fun with a great deal of banter! The stone staircase outside at the rear of the venue makes a perfect feature for bridal party and couple photographs. The building’s architecture is a wonderful backdrop and we made full use of it!

Dunchurch Park Hotel is a wonderful wedding venue with many hidden corners inside and outside, with soft window light, ornate architecture and an amazing wooden staircase. Architectural features to enhance and promote artistic wedding photography abound. Ben and Megan were clearly enjoying their wedding photography as we spent 20 minutes making romantic and artistic photographs inside and outside.

It was a wonderful day at Dunchurch Park Hotel in Warwickshire with Ben and Megan and their families and friends!

Dunchurch Park Hotel is a spectacular Warwickshire wedding venue and this historic old mansion house was Ben & Megan’s choice for their reception following their marriage ceremony at Welford Church in March.

Several months earlier, Ben and Megan had visited my stand at a local wedding fair and spent some time looking through my sample albums. When I’m exhibiting at wedding fairs, I prefer to leave visitors to look around my stand in peace without feeling pressurised, whilst I stay in the background. I’m always on hand to answer any questions and after they had taken a look through my display, Ben & Megan told me about their wedding day plans. We clicked instantly, they are a fun-loving couple and I was delighted when they took the next step to book me because it is so important for couples to have a rapport with their wedding photographer. Ben & Megan understood this and after a few minutes of conversation they asked if I was available to photograph their March wedding. Fortunately I was available, the contracts were signed right there and their wedding date was in the diary!

The day eventually came and I arrived at Megan’s parent’s home at 10.30am, to join Megan and the girls a couple of hours before the ceremony. Bridesmaids Chloe, Ruby, Miah and flowergirl Acacia were also getting ready there and were all buzzing with anticipation! This is always a good time for informal, documentary photographs as well as details shots of the dress, flowers shoes and jewellery, etc. After I had made portraits of Megan, her bridesmaids and her parents, it was time for me to join Ben at Welford church.

Ben was there when I arrived 45 minutes before the ceremony, along with best man Jason and ushers Alan, Rhys, Tom and Ellis. Formal portraits of the boys individually and as a group were followed by more informal documentary photography as the guests began to arrive. The key to the smooth running of any wedding day is to allow adequate time and I strongly believe couples should have as much time on their wedding day with their families and friends as possible.

The weather was kind, especially as this was early March, and the soft light was perfect for photographs. Megan and her entourage arrived on time in a beautifully restored VW ‘splitty’ camper van and drew quite a crowd in the village!

After the ceremony, the new Mr & Mrs Carney greeted their guests outside the church. This is a perfect opportunity for informal documentary photography. I have always felt that couples and their families and friends should be left to themselves at this point for two reasons: the first is that everyone has just witnessed the marriage and will want to congratulate the bride and groom. The second reason is the expressions and emotion at that time are personal and should be photographed unobtrusively to preserve the moment.

Confetti throwing after everyone had exited the church and had time to be greeted by the newlyweds and then we set of on the journey to the reception at Dunchurch Park Hotel.

Family photographs followed the drinks and canapes reception and followed in turn by the wedding party photographs. It was a lot of fun with a great deal of banter! The stone staircase outside at the rear of the venue makes a perfect feature for bridal party and couple photographs. The building’s architecture is a wonderful backdrop and we made full use of it!

Dunchurch Park Hotel is a wonderful wedding venue with many hidden corners inside and outside, with soft window light, ornate architecture and an amazing wooden staircase. Architectural features to enhance and promote artistic wedding photography abound. Ben and Megan were clearly enjoying their wedding photography as we spent 20 minutes making romantic and artistic photographs inside and outside.

It was a wonderful day at Dunchurch Park Hotel in Warwickshire with Ben and Megan and their families and friends!

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