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.
Cockliffe Country House Hotel and Restaurant
Welcome to the Cockliffe
Dad never looked so happy.
The happy couple
Portraits inside Cockliffe
Mark and Liz really looked the part on the day.
The weather held up well
Kids had lots of fun in the private grounds
Liz looked so happy
Time to welcome the guests
The wedding dinner was held outside in a pavillion
A peek at the decor from the door
Very pretty wedding cake
Table settings looked perfect. The gold star is a sparkler.
Feeling hungry already
Guest books are always important to read through in the years to come.
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.
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.
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 bagÂ 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.
Words to live by
Portraits in the Church Grounds
Mark deserved a nice portrait. Nikon 85mm F1.4G
It’s not bigger on the inside
Stunning flowers for the wedding bouquet
The worlds cutest wedding car
The cutest driver of the worlds cutest wedding car
Comes up smelling of roses
A wee bit of a squeeze
The cutest Wedding car in the world
Leisurely walk in to church.
The grooms parents
Mum and Dad
The three stages of their courtship was spread across three nations, each represented on the cake