Jewish Wedding at The Grove
Almost a year ago I received an enquiry from Juliette and Joe about their Jewish Wedding at The Grove in Hertfordshire. He’d found me on the superb Smashing The Glass site – an absolute must for anyone planning a Jewish wedding. It was a a short message, but I knew at once that we’d be a great fit:
“A Jewish wedding at the grove where we hope the focus will be on fun and a relaxed atmosphere for which your documentary style ought to suit us!
Looking forward to hearing back.
There’s many styles of wedding photography to choose from, and many amazingly talented photographers out there. So how do you decide on who to capture your wedding day? Joe and Juliette already knew that they wanted documentary style photography – where the photographer doesn’t pose or orchestrate moments. It’s about capturing true, honest images that remind you of how it felt on your wedding day. We met up and talked about my approach and what they’d like from their photography, and almost a year later Emil and myself had an absolutely incredible day telling the story of their wedding!
The Perfect Countryside Setting For A Wedding
I’ve photographed at The Grove before, when Anna and James started their Wrotham Park wedding at this stunning countryside hotel. Despite being on the outskirts of London in the Herts town of Watford, you couldn’t feel further away from the busy hustle of the capital. The estate has an 18 hole championship golf course, is set amongst 300 acres of private parkland and has hosted the G20 London Summit. In short, it’s the absolute perfect place for a wedding celebration! From Juliette’s bridal preparations to the Bedeken ceremony, to the Chuppah in the Ballroom, and taking in all the high energy Israeli dancing, every step of the day was a real pleasure to photograph.
Documentary Wedding Photography at The Grove
Although we delivered many hundreds of pictures from this wedding, you can see how much fun and enjoyment was had by Juliette and Joe and all their family and friends in the slideshow above. It contains around a hundred images, which work well together to document the day. As well as those epic dance shots, and emotional Chuppah images, I’m also looking for ways to bring variety and pace to the finished gallery. One example of this is what I like to term ‘Action and Reaction’. As a photographer, you can often anticipate and prepare for a moment, like the Bride revealing herself fully dressed to her bridesmaids. Now as well as capturing the reveal, it’s equally important to capture the reaction as well, so you have both sides of that important moment. Here’s the moment side by side:
This is just one of many methods I use all day long to make sure our photography tells interesting, fun and engaging stories for our clients. If you want to see more examples, why not check out this award winning wedding photography at The Queen’s House in London, or a super Summer wedding in Ticehurst. Then if you’d like this kind or natural, story-telling photography at your wedding, get in touch to check availability and pricing.
A massive thank you to the super talented Emil who worked with me on this wedding. Check out some more of his work.
The whole day was superbly planned by Rachel Flax Events.
Here’s a few of our favourite pictures from Juliette and Joe’s stunning day.
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