Happy bride and groom during the speeches - by Parochial Hall wedding photographer Clive Blair Photography

It was a pleasure to capture this small, intimate Parochial Hall wedding as it took place on a glorious summer’s day. Who doesn’t love a summer wedding with Pimms on the lawn? – No, I didn’t drink any! I avoid alcohol while I’m working. Don’t want wonky photos do we 😀

Sara and James wanted my usual natural documentary wedding coverage to reflect their casual and fun-loving personalities.

The morning started off with the bridal preps at Sara’s parents home. My first image is of Sara’s dress and on the wall in the background, hung on a picture frame you’ll see some ballet shoes. I look for little things like this as a storyteller, because Sara used to go for ballet lessons when younger. So it was lovely to incorporate something of sentimental value in her images.

The wedding ceremony in Coventry also included the Christening of their two children then we headed off to Parochial Hall for the drinks reception, garden games and speeches.

Look out for the animated gif slideshow of the giant jenga tower falling!

What I loved about shooting this Parochial Hall wedding as a documentary wedding photographer, was the fact there was plenty of space in the garden area to move around while getting different storytelling images.

As a documentary wedding photographer, I love being able to discreetly search out new angles/view to get variety in the photographs. This makes telling storytelling more interesting.

For me when telling a story my aim is to capture “action and reaction”.

Take for example during the speeches: First, I like to photograph who’s giving the speech, ie the “action”.
Then I’ll move or focus on any interesting faces of the guests as they listen/react to the speeches, ie the “reaction”. So when these 2 sets of images are put together in an album the story is being faithfully retold through the photographs.

So if you’re planning outdoors speeches and there’s plenty of space for your photographer to move around. They’ll thank you immensely.

Planning a Parochial Hall Wedding?

If you’re planning your Parochial Hall wedding and would love a natural, unhurried, documentary coverage for your wedding, I’d love to be involved. Feel free to contact me.

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