Katie & Sam’s civil ceremony at Wadhurst Castle was followed by a few wedding portraits in the Castle grounds. I love a castle wedding, and Wadhurst’s architectural exterior is in near mint condition. I rarely shoot wedding photography portraits with a wide angle lens, but when the venue is such a prominent feature of the wedding, I wanted to ensure we got some great photographs of the castle.
A little throwback to our engagement shoot (below) where we had used this cute bench at the end of a garden walk for some portraits with the East Sussex countryside in the background. I also had a bridesmaid with us this time and a wedding veil that I wanted to place in the shot too! Thanks to Rachel & Daniella for being so helpful with the wedding portraits throughout the day.
It’s amazing to see the change in the season when looking back at the engagement session in the winter of 2018 and this amazing summer wedding. This gate leads into the wedding ceremony lawn at the castle and overlooks the countryside behind.
We used some off camera flash to underexpose the background and create some drama with the moody clouds that had drifted in. One flash in front to the left and another behind and uplighting the veil. Again, this castle works so well as a backdrop in any weather!
This ‘finale’ shot posed an interesting challenge. Inspired by the fairytale romance of using the balcony of the room on the right, I wanted to balance the exposure for outside and illuminate them inside to make them stand out in the shot. This involved three flash guns inside the room, all at full power, placed directly behind them. I’m still amazed that the radio triggers reached from this distance, but really pleased it came off so well!