Vale Country Club - Alison & Paul
Wedding number 3 of 4, within a 5 day window - This may well be one of the hottest weeks that I can ever remember in the UK. Today, was Alison & Paul's day at the Vale Country Club near Ruthin. It was a beautiful day.... but for me, a sweaty one.
The morning began at Alison & Paul's home in Denbigh, with the whole bridal party......which included the dog. We were joined with Siobhan Williams on Hair and make up by 'Makeup by Honor'.
8 miles south, near Ruthin, the gents were welcoming guests at the Vale Country Club. Of all of the weddings that I have captured at this beautiful venue, this was my first chance to capture an outside wedding. There wasn't even a cloud in the sky. Sunshine offers it's own challenges from over exposure from the bright light to people squinting and odd shadows. I feel that I did a good job of it today.
How stunning is this setting!!!!!! Alison, her Dad and the bridal party soon arrived in a stunning vintage VW campervan, courtesy of Hilltop Classics. The ceremony could commence.
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Hughes. What a beautiful ceremony. Now the party could begin - a drinks reception has never been so welcomed than at this point. Nothing beats a cold beer in the summer sun!! We had a decent amount of time for a couples shoot with Alison & Paul and some group shots.
I'm often asked by couples how much time to allow for photo's during the drinks reception. Normally venues suggest 1.5 - 2 hours, which for me, is ample time for photographs. I usually need 15-20 minutes for a couples shoot of the newly weds, some time to capture guests mingling and enjoying themselves (those candid shots) and some group shots. I usually recommend that couples choose 6-8 priority group photo's and the rest we can capture on the go. Once all of these are captured, I usually have a little time to capture the detail of the venue before guests are called in for the wedding breakfast and speeches.
The evening (post speeches) is the best time for the day light. The sun is lower in the sky, therefore less blinding and shadows cast differently. When the sun is positioned high, the shadows created on people are usually in the eye sockets and under the nose. In the evening these shadows are much more subtle.
Alison & Paul were treated to a performance by the Red Arrows - It was Rhyl Air Show nearby and Vale Country Club was positioned right in the flight path.