my expectations were completely exceeded by joanna and wesley’s midlands winter wedding.
i had heard about the venue through other photographers and knew it was owned by a coordinator who runs the days events on a tight schedule. i can’t say that excited me because i consider it my job to decide when and where to shoot. venue coordinators are notorious for plonking unsuspecting couples in front of the fake-tuscan fountain bathed in blinding mid-day sun, or on the quaint footbridge in dappled shade. but carl at the cairn of old kilgobbin has a back-ground in fine art, knows every truly picturesque nook and crany of her stunning farm and, as i would find out, cares just as much as i do about getting her couples into the best light possible. i was utterly delighted to conform to her schedule that was designed around when the best time to photograph is and how to maximise jo and wesley’s time with their guests.
i arrived there ready to fight for my turf, and instead found an ally who crafts custom weddings where every thought and detail shows great care, knowledge and consideration to both her couples and myself.
my next problem was wesley. at our meeting he had expressed great discomfort with being in front of the camera and i had expected to adjust my shooting style to suit him. instead of lots of portraits that reflect their true emotion, i was prepared to do a lot of sweeping scenery shots with them walking around in the distance. not my style at all! however, i was totally blown away by wes’ ability to overcome his unease for half an hour and do a great service to his new wife, who just wanted gorgeous wedding pictures. i could see he had simply decided to suck it up for jo’s sake and i readjusted my lowered expectations and shot to my hearts content.
and then jo. i know her though my husband who had led me to expect her to be a gracious and relaxed bride who wants nothing more than to use her wedding day as a means to show her people how much she loves them. and again, my expectations were exceeded.