Wedding of Leah and Neil Streete | St Marys West Moors - Summer 2011 | Photography by Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 3. November 2011 12:27

Back in November 2010 Leah asked Rachel if we'd shoot her wedding. As Leah had been a warden at our wedding, how could we not? The wedding was for the 30th of July so we met up the month before to chat about the day and timings of the big day.

Rachel wanted to cover Leah in the morning with me covering Neil.

When I turned up at the flat, I found Neil and his groomsmen outside making their button holes! Neil had been growing all the flowers in preperation for the wedding and was just finishing when I arrived.

Neil making button holes - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Neil making button holes - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

I couldn't resist it and had to use the left over flowers for the ring shots.

Wedding bands - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Meanwhile Rachel was with Leah and her family preparing for the day.

Wedding dress - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah preparing - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Wedding shoes - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The boys were pretty relaxed in the morning with the chaos going on all around them.

Boys playing on Nintendo DS - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah and Cameron - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

putting on tie - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

With the guys ready, it was off to the church

Leah and Cameron - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

putting on tie - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

I love the organ at St Marys, the shape and colours are great.

Waiting for the Bride - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The Congregation - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Violinists - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah's friends from The Royal School of Church Music in Salisbury were kind enough to supply the music and choir (which Leah also is part of).

Bride arriving - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah walking down the isle - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Wedding ceremony - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Singing - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Laughter - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

First reading - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Second reading - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Exchange rings - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

First kiss - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Steele - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Confetti - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Group shot - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Receiving line - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Speech - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Speech - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Speech - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

After the speeches we were in for a treat, some of Leah's friends are Morris Dancers and they put on a small display which also included Leah and Neil.

Morris Dancing - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Morris Dancing with Leah and Neil - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

In this traditional dance, the bride and groom are kept apart by the figure of eight pattern performed by the Morris Dancers.

Morris Dancing with Leah and Neil - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

After the cutting of the cake, we whisked Lean and Neil off to Knowlton Church for some couples shots. I also grabbed some frames with my Mamiya RB67 which was pretty exciting!

Knowlton Church Couple Shot - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

This image was captured with my Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera. While I am happy with the outcome, I did warn Leah and Neil that they might not come out as expected.. I still have much to learn when it comes to shooting with this beast. The scanned film comes in at just over 800 megabytes per shot.

Knowlton Church Portrait of Leah - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Knowlton Church Couple Shot - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

After the couple shots we hot tailed it back to the reception where the disco was in full swing, ready for the first dance from the bride and groom.

Wedding Disco - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

First dance - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Thank you Leah and Neil for allowing Rachel and I to capture your big day. It was a blast!

Wedding of Leah and Neil - St Marys, West Moors - Photography Sneak Peek

by Robert Whetton 31. July 2011 02:02

Flicking though the wedding photographs of Leah and Neil from yesterday, I just had to post this photo we took at Knowlton Church in the evening.

Leah looked stunning I think you'll agree.

Leah at Knowlton Church - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Wedding of Jo and Ben - Kingston Country Courtyard - Photography Sneak Peek

by Robert Whetton 30. May 2011 03:40

Saturday saw the wedding of Jo and Ben at Kingston Country Courtyard. Dispite being a windy and sunless day, everyone was great and we got some amazing shots! The evening's Fun Booth when well as well, with everyone being a great sport.

My choice for the sneak peek is this stunning shot of Jo and Ben when we whisked them away for a quick couple of shots after the wedding breakfast.

Jo and Ben Christie - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

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Engagement Session with Jo and Ben in Corfe with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 22. May 2011 02:43

Back in November last year, Jo and Ben contacted me and asked me to photograph their wedding. Ben is the eldest son of Pete Christie so how could I say no to documenting their big day?

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

I made an appointment to meet with Jo and Ben to talk to them about their big day and to make sure that we gelled, its important that you get on with the couple who are asking you to photograph this one off event. If you don't get on well with the couple, then your photographs aren't going to be everything that they are hoping them to be. You won't be able to bring out the best in them on the day because they won't be comfortable with you or the camera.

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

We spent a long time talking about the day, their expectations, experiences etc. I think they were ready to book me on the spot, but i said that it would be a good idea to meet with a couple of other photographers to see if they got on better with them than me. But after meeting with a few other photographers, said that had they not met with me first they would have had no idea what kind of questions to ask at the meetings and felt most comfortable with booking me.

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The Wedding and Reception is being held at Kingston Country Courtyard, which was a nice surprise to me as Rachel and I had our reception at the same venue nearly 5 years ago. It was a great venue back then, and I could only hope that with time it had matured into an amazing venue! 

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The reason for an Engagement Session or e-Session is so that the couple can get in front of the camera with their photographer which will allow them become comfortable with working with the photographer and camera. The Courtyard overlooks Corfe Castle which in itself is a great location so it only make sense that we do the e-Session around the castle as well. It helps that Ben grew up just down the road and so knew some great locations for us to shoot.

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Like his dad, Ben is very comfortable in front of the lens, and Jo quickly warmed to the camera. The choice of locations were spot on as you can see in these photographs. We had a great couple of hours together and got some amazing photographs and I can't wait until next week to cover their big day!

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

We had a great time, plenty of laughs all round. I could have gone on shooting Jo and Ben all evening, but we had to let them go and have something to eat!

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

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