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.

Andrew and Gemma’s Wedding in Chilton Foliat, Berkshire

Group, photo, St Mary's, church, Chilton, Foliat, Hungerford
Wedding in Chilton Foliat Hungerford Berkshire
It was a fabulous day for Andrew and Gemma’s wedding in Chilton Foliat, Hungerford.

Andrew and Gemma’s Wedding was in St Mary’s, Chilton Foliat, Berkshire, England. In UK churches flash photography is usually not allowed and as it was a dull wet day most of the interior church shots were taken at 6400ISO using available light. Chilton Foliat is just outside of the village of Hungerford, famed for its antiques. Andrew surprised his lovely bride Gemma by renting a beautiful Aston Martin as his wedding car for the day. The wedding breakfast reception was held on the family farm where they breed race horse for the Newbury races. It was a really special day, and ended with a fun time dancing with the band’s fun music. My good friend and long time shooting partner Lim Hock Seng joined me for this trip and did a beautiful job with his photos. We stayed in Hungerford, easy to reach as it is on the main rail line from London to Exeter, and as mentioned it has an excellent range of antiques. BTW it was COLD! You will notice how everyone is bundled up.

If there were one place in the world I would love to shoot regularly, it would have to be the UK. So, if you are from the UK and viewing this page, I would love to come and cover your wedding day! Drop me a line.

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St Marys Church in Chilton Foliat, Berkshire

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Andrew was beaming

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Classic tasteful ceremony

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The brides maids were as excited as the bride

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The brides father. You can imagine his emotions and thoughts as he gave his daughter away.

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Traditional wedding vows

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Wedding rings exchanged

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You may kiss the bride

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So you can see the interior

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The prayer of blessing

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Congratulations all around

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Group photos were taken outside the church

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The wedding car. Aston Martin DB9. Classy.

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Wedding portraits in St Mary’s Church

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The brides was just beautiful

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Hats, hats, hats.They are compulsory at all tasteful weddings 🙂

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The beautiful wedding cake.

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Light houses. Andrew and Gemma love visiting them and it made a great idea for the table seating

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The grooms cufflinks were very cool

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The friends were characters. A great bunch!

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Dispensing some marital insights

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The father of the bride gave a hilarious speech

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The fathers advice for the groom was…..unorthodox

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The couples first dance.

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The dancing went on long into the night

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Goodnight everybody.



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