Candyce and Mark: Turkey Mill

Candyce and Mark: Turkey Mill

March 10, 2011  |  Weddings
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Yeah, this was never going to be a normal wedding…Candy had other plans.

I’m going to fast forward through the bridal preparation pictures.  There are two reasons for this.  (1) There are a LOT of pictures to show you and (2) Mark has to be the first person to see some of them.  And maybe the only person…

So anway…

Quick snap of putting on the dress.

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(yes, gorgeous henna designs on Candy’s arm).  And then right onto the bit that I call the wow moment.  For obvious reasons.

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Yeah.  Wow.

Now of course no bride can get married on her own.  She needs a groom naturally…

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…and an entourage….

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But mainly, she needs planning.  Lots and lots of planning.  Great weddings don’t just happen you know.  For example, it’s no coincidence that the bridge is swagged with fabric matching the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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Team Candy had been there the day before making sure everything was perfect.

All I really had to do was stand in the right place and take pictures.

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Which to be honest, is a lot of what I do.  I hate to stay in one place for a wedding because you miss so much.  For reasons that will become obvious in a moment, I was shooting with a complicated dual synchronised camera rig.  I hit the button on one camera and another fired at exactly the same moment.  So here’s what I would have got of the ring exchange if I’d stayed in the obvious place.

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(Don’t worry – the bald bloke with the alarmingly large lens is me…)

Here’s the shot I was actually taking at exactly the same moment from 2 feet to the left.

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You see emotion in faces.  And 2 feet to the left gave be a perfect view of one very proud father.

So.  Most weddings have confetti.  Some have hand held confetti bombs.  Not Candyce.  Oh no….

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6 pyrotechnic confetti canons from the Party Doctors.  I’ve said before I don’t miss much.  And when a client briefs me properly and asks me not to miss a shot then I really don’t miss much.  Confetti is hard – it gets in front of people’s faces, somebody could step in front of you at the last moment, it can drift in the wind, a camera could jam – there are plenty of things to go wrong and from bang to a floor covered in confetti it was 3.8 seconds.  So a brief chat with one of the loveliest registrars in Kent, 2 cameras running exactly in sync and fast reactions.  By chance everything worked perfectly and I got lots of clean shots.  But there really was pretty much no chance I was going to miss with both cameras.

So…..camera 1….

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It’s kind of cool on the high res, you can see the confetti slowing down in the air.  And camera 2….

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The file information says that shot was 0.3 seconds after the first one…

Enough of the trick shots.  On to the pretty stuff.  We have light to play with.

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Mind you, I didn’t really need to get this shot.  There were plenty of artists about capturing it.

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And as I said last week, a tree is a surprisingly good way to show off a beautiful wedding dress.

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People often ask how much “posing” I get my clients to do.  The simple answer is “as much or as little as they want or need”.  For example, for this shot I said to Candy “go over there and smoulder”.

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Mmmm-hmmm….

Mind you, Mark didn’t do so badly either…

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And of course no visit to Turkey Mill is complete without a photo at the waterfall.

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Did I mention there were going to be a lot of pictures?  Blame the light.  It was doing stuff like this.

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And then it was time for dinner.  Created by the rather wonderful Chef Scott Anderson – he makes stuff that looks like this…

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And after dinner it was time for a bit of a dance.

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As I said, a tree’s pretty good for showing off a dress.  But really all you need is a bit of cross lighting, a bride who can dance and if I remember rightly a bit of Usher.

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If you’re a regular to the site then you’ll know I can’t resist a last night shot.  Or in this case, two.

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(I know a lot of photographers view this site so this bit’s for them – f2.8, 1/25s. ISO 12800.  Love my Nikon.)

And of course the waterfall at night.

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Believe it or not, there will be even more pictures when Candy and Mark get back from honeymoon.  In the meantime I bet they would love to see your messages below.


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  • Tina

    Absolutely beautiful candyce – congratulations xx Tina

  • Harry Purewal

    Fantastic Photos Jonathon, Absolutly Fantastic, Cant wait to see the rest. From now on you have become our photographer.

    Thank You

  • Candy Stone32

    wow you both look fab and the pics are stunning of you both thanks for a great time and wish you all the best cant wait to see more of these stunning pics
    congatulations love candy and charlie xxx

  • Sue Chappell

    In my opinion, Jonathan Ryan is ‘the’ wedding photographer in Kent! The pictures of Candy & Mark are truly stunning! Of course as Mother of the Bride, I may be ever so slightly biased… However, I think any Bride to be, would see his pictures, and want that magic touch for their own wedding memories!

    Thank you Jonathan, making dreams come true is no easy task, but you did it with aplomb!!

    Sue

  • Gb

    Beautiful. Congratulations to all and my good friend Harry. GB

  • http://www.facebook.com/candyce.chappell Candyce Court

    Both Mark and I have both reviewed our storybook album that we have just approved for printing and would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for not only taking such wonderful photos, but also for designing a stunning album that we can proudly treasure forever.
    And especially extra huge thank you for being patient and letting a fussy newly wed make a few changes on the album spread, and for understanding and projecting these crazy ideas I have my head into reality!Can’t say thank you enough, and would highly recommend you to anyone looking for photographer!