Preview: Hartsfield Manor Wedding – Gabriella & Mike

This Hartsfield Manor wedding was my first full scale, restriction free, covid secure wedding day! What an amazing experience to finally feel like weddings are back, and this one did not disappoint! After a confetti throw on the red carpet leading up to Hartsfield Manor’s grand entrance, I asked Gabriella and Mike to have a quiet walk together just outside in the stunning ground of the venue.

Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey

Hartsfield Manor Wedding Photography

The confetti from earlier provided and a brilliant foreground interest with the rose petals scattered on the red carpet leading up to Hartsfield Manor. Shooting this at a very low angle, using the live screen on the 5D Mark IV, allowed me to get the composition just right without getting my suit very wet. It had rained during the ceremony, keeping everything in the short and very fresh look.

Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey
Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey

But it only rained sporadically, as soon the sun was breaking through the clouds creating some lovely lighting for these outdoor portraits in the rear garden of Hartsfield Manor.

Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey
Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey

Gabriela and Mike were really comfortable in front of the camera, and their engagement photo shoot certainly helped them feel really natural in their photos. This willow tree was a lovely intimate setting for some portraits after the wedding breakfast, I loved the texture is created through a shallow depth of field in the bokeh of the lens.

Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey

I recently bought a new light, the Godox AD 200, and I wanted to test it out for the shot of the veil. The texture in the material picked up the golden sun in the lower half, and the flash help to maintain and regulate the exposure against the harsh light of the sky. You can see the dramatic difference compared to the photo below which is just the available lighting for a softer approach.

Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey

It’s great getting back to full-scale weddings after the pandemic, and I missed first dance photos like this. The entrance to Hartsfield Manor looks great from the other side too in these photos below. The silhouettes look great framed by the architecture of the building.

Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey
Gabriella & Michael, Hartsfield Manor Wedding, Betchworth, Surrey

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