Mark and Liz’s Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Nottinghamshire

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Originally posted 2012-11-16 14:12:00.

After their wedding (view here) Mark and Liz joined their wedding guests for the reception held in the idyllic surroundings of the Cockliffe Country House Hotel & Restaurant. They opted for a canopy and tent which gave the images a beautiful diffused light. The weather held up well, which in turn meant we could all enjoy the grounds both before, during and after the reception. We had covered portraits at the church but opted for a few more inside Cockliffe as well.

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Welcome to the Cockliffe

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Dad never looked so happy.

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

The happy couple

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Portraits inside Cockliffe

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Mark and Liz really looked the part on the day.

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

The weather held up well

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Kids had lots of fun in the private grounds

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Liz looked so happy

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Time to welcome the guests

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

The wedding dinner was held outside in a pavillion

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

A peek at the decor from the door

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Beautiful roses

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Very pretty wedding cake

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Table settings looked perfect. The gold star is a sparkler.

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Feeling hungry already

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Guest books are always important to read through in the years to come.

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

The food at the Cockliffe was great.

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Cameras out

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Sparklers…do not tell health and safety!

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

One of our future UK grooms

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Another view of a happy dad

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

One of our future UK brides

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Dad shares a private moment

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

First dance

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Getting close to dusk

Wedding reception at Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Twilight at 10:30pm. Goodnight

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

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

Originally posted 2012-11-15 13:45:38.

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

Originally posted 2012-08-23 21:27:51.

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

cutest wedding car in the world

The cutest driver of the worlds cutest wedding car

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Comes up smelling of roses

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A wee bit of a squeeze

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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.