Mark and Liz’s Wedding at St Katherines, Teversal, Nottinghamshire

Mark and Liz Barleys Wedding St-Katherines, Teversal, Nottingham
Mark and Liz Barleys Wedding St-Katherines, Teversal, Nottingham
Mark and Liz Barleys Wedding St-Katherines in Teversal, Nottingham

Mark and Liz’s wedding was in July, 2006 at St Katherines in the village of Teversal, in Nottinghamshire. Robin Hoods territory. This was the first of a series of weddings I covered in the UK which spawned off a wedding I had covered in Kuala Lumpur for one of there friends. It was at that time that we made our acquaintances and Mark and Liz took a gamble in having us come out to photograph their wedding for them. Hock Seng and I stayed in Nottingham proper, within walking distance of the train station, but headed out to Teversal to cover the bridal prep, wedding and reception.

The church selected for the wedding ceremony was St Katherines in Teversal. Originally built in 1170, parts of this church are over EIGHT HUNDRED YEARS OLD! Other parts of the church are more modern and date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The interior is original.

The wedding breakfast was held at the Cockliffe Country House Hotel & Restaurant. I am including a separate post for that part of the wedding here as there are simply too many photos for one page.

For photographers reading this, a couple of lesson to be learned. Both Hock Seng and myself were shooting with the at the time, top of the line Canon 20D. I have since then switched to predominantly Nikon but that is another story entirely. We shot in RAW, and this was way back in 2006. Here’s a couple of things I learned. First, camera technology has advanced staggeringly since then. Just viewing the RAW files which I still have, shows me that todays cameras are so much better, so stay up with technology. The amount of extraneous colour noise artifacts from the 20Ds even at low ISO’s is disappointing when viewed with todays camera technology in mind. The second lesson has everything to do with why we shoot in RAW format. The RAW processing software we have today meant I could re-edit these images and extract a TON more data out of the photos than I could back in 2006 when these were taken. This was especially apparent in the retention of detail in the highlight and shadow detail areas. Detail in blown highlights came back, as dis shadow area details. The addition of lens correction algorithms in modern editing software has made many of the photos look new. I have made them an unexpected gift to Mark and Liz more than 6 years after their wedding.

Mark and May Choo’s Wedding in Winford, Bristol

Wedding at the Parish Church of St. Mary and St Peter Winford
Wedding at the Parish Church of St. Mary and St Peter Winford
Wedding at the Parish Church of St. Mary and St Peter Winford

Keep Calm and Carry On! Words I wish every bride I met would take to heat, and very much the theme for Mark and May. Two of the loveliest people I know.

Johnny, Hock Seng and I were their wedding photographers when they were married back here in Malaysia. After the wedding the migrated down to Australia but when ever they were back in KL they would give me a buzz to remind me they wanted me to be up in Winford for their UK wedding celebration, so finally I got the call and invite to head up to England yet again.The wedding was planned to be in the small town of Winford, just outside of Bristol at the small historic parish church of St. Mary and St. Peter.

The first day we headed into Bristol itself to do some portraits, then back to the church for some shots around it. Next day we started at about 10am with makeup and hair and then the service at 1pm. Mark’s uncle supplied his classic Austin A40 as the awesome wedding car. Don’t you agree it looks sweet!

Once the traditional ceremony was finished there was a confetti toss as the couple left the church. It got everywhere and I still find confetti from the wedding in my camera bag  up until today.

After the ceremony it was all back to the Winford pub, and easy 5 minute walk and then the wedding breakfast (we call it a wedding reception back in Malaysia). The three tiered cake represented the three main countries Mark and May have shared their lives together in, Malaysia, Australia, and the UK

Tech Specs: Camera Nikon D3s. No flash allowed in church.

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol

Words to live by

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Portraits in the Church Grounds

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol

Mark deserved a nice portrait. Nikon 85mm F1.4G

Mark and May Choo's wedding portraits in Winford and Bristol

It’s not bigger on the inside

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol

Traditional Touch

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol Beautiful bouquet

Stunning flowers for the wedding bouquet

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The worlds cutest wedding car

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The cutest driver of the worlds cutest wedding car

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, BristolMark and May Choo's wedding bouquet Winford, Bristol

Comes up smelling of roses

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A wee bit of a squeeze

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol cute wedding car

The cutest Wedding car in the world

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Leisurely walk in to church.

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol

The grooms parents

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Cheeky 🙂

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol

Mum and Dad

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The three stages of their courtship was spread across three nations, each represented on the cake

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Malaysia, Sydney, and the UK.

Mark and May Choo's wedding St. Mary and St Peter Winford, Bristol

Time for a pint and relax.

Alan and Khami’s Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Wedding portraits at Blenheim Palace

Wedding portraits at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a very pretty location for wedding portraits

Alan and Khami’s wedding was a two day event. The first day was a Hindu wedding at the new Shri Subramanya Shrine in Birmingham. It was on the same day as Prince William And Kate Middleton’s big day, so auspicious as they come. The second event was wedding portraiture and a fantastic wedding breakfast at the Orangery, Blenheim Palace, Oxford. The gardens there are phenomenal. Weather turned out great and everyone had a wonderful time. Special thanks to my good friend and fellow photographer Johnny Woo for accompanying me on this trip and especially for his help during the portraiture around the gardens.

Wedding portraits at Blenheim Palace

Nice rural feel to the portrait session

Wedding portraits at Blenheim Palace

There are some nice locations for portraiture around Blenheim Palace

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

Classy wedding breakfast menus in the Orangery

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace Orangery set up is classy

Wedding cake in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

The beautiful wedding cake

Wedding cocktails at the Orangery Blenheim Palace

Friends enjoyed cocktails as they waited for the couples arrival.

Wedding couple in the Orangery Blenheim Palace

The friends were thrilled when Alan and Khami arrived.

Wedding couple in the Orangery Blenheim Palace

The wedding couples arrival

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

Sarees just look great!

Group photo at the Orangery Blenheim Palace

Group photo time at the Orangery

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

Alan and Khami’s entry into the Orangery

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

The brides father

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

The brides brother enjoying himself

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim PalaceWedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

The head table in the Orangery

Wedding in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

Ben and Gemma, a couple whose wedding I covered in Bristol

Wedding cake in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

Time to cut the wedding cake

Wedding cake in the Orangery at Blenheim Palace

Wall to wall doctors

Indian Wedding in the Orangery Blenheim Palace

Sarees look great

Indian Wedding in the Orangery Blenheim Palace

Another nice saree

Wedding breakfast over. It was a great day.

Family portrait at Blenheim Palace

The brides parents bid farewell

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The expansive grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

Wedding in Cottesloe Civic Centre Gardens Perth

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What could be nicer to start your life together than tying the knot overlooking the pristine Indian ocean?

Darrell and Lena’s garden wedding was held at Cottesloe Civic Centre Gardens with a glorious see view. Family members flew in to enjoy the ceremony and the weather turned out to be beautiful. In the evening dinner was held at the Perth City Hall.

For those who couldn’t make it to Australia a second wedding blessing was celebrated  at Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya, followed by a wedding dinner at the Westin Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

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