Gibbon Bridge Winter Wedding

 

Highlights from Gemma & Simon’s

Winter wedding at this stunning

Lancashire wedding venue

 

Gibbon Bridge Winter Wedding

Gemma booked me for her Gibbon Bridge Winter Wedding back in April 2018. I say Gemma, as we met at a wedding fair at Mitton Hall, organised by Little White Books. “Oh don’t worry about Simon, – if I like you, he will!” she exclaimed and booked me on the spot. Fast forward to December and I met Simon and his groomsmen on the day. And, true to form, he did…and me him! Phew! This was to be my first wedding shoot at a Gibbon Bridge Winter Wedding, and what a tough shoot it threatened to be too.

I get asked all the time – “What if it rains on the wedding day…what do you do”? Well, this was December. It was dark, virtually all day. And it rained. All day….relentlessly. I quietly reworked the brief to suit the clients. I went ‘Old Skool’ and used a lot of flash on the day of this Gibbon Bridge Winter Wedding. Even in winter, everywhere seemed to just look dark and murky…so I lit what I could, on the fly wherever possible. And, I’m really pleased with this set of images. Nothing is missing, the whole story is told, from Bride & Groom preparations up to the first dance.

So…the answer to what do I do when it rains, and we cannot even get out of the venue for a few minutes photographs, is…I do this…

 

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Winter Weddings at Gibbon Bridge

I met Simon and the groomsmen at our prearranged time…in the bar, obviously! I had a few minutes with the lads as they got ready, then I was back into bride prep…the schedule was a bight tight, but we managed everything ok. Winter weddings at Gibbon Bridge are really well organised, with just enough separation geographically between the ‘lads’ and the ‘lasses’ – so I could get around quickly and easily. I still had to use off-camera flash as the rooms was dark, and I wanted this wedding to look bright and airy…the total opposite to what was going on outside…

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The Orangery at Gibbon Bridge

In winter, wedding ceremonies take place in the Orangery. The room was beautifully decorated – not overdone, but classy, with a lovely Christmas tree to one side. Malcolm was the registrar, a chap I’ve worked with a lot over the years, so he was very relaxed about what I could do. I opted for no flash during the ceremony as the light was picking up, as was the pace of the rain! I left the multi coloured up lighters to do their thing and let the colour balance of the daylight outside remain a cold blue for effect.

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Wedding Photos at a Gibbon Bridge Winter Wedding

Since we couldn’t venture outside, we opted to set up a small traveling studio…well, a studio flash head on a lighting stand. This simple lighting setup allowed me to work quickly and effectively, shooting on manual and adjusting settings as we went. No pressure then! The studio light actually added another dynamic to the day, and gave me an overall ‘clean’ look to the images. Even the family group photos were quick and painless, just like a Spring overcast day would be…erm… 🙁

We quickly photographed a collection of couple photos, and with the help of a couple of ushers, the family group photos took around fifteen minutes too.

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Wedding Speeches at Gibbon Bridge

The wedding speeches were brilliant fun, a proper roller coaster of heartfelt comments and mickey taking. Simon paid me an inverse compliment afterwards, wondering where I’d been during the speeches as he thought I’d missed them! Fat Ninja 1-0 Simon. With the toasts finished, and everyone relaxing for an hour or so, we were off into the cake cutting and some dancing. But first, we noticed it had actually STOPPED raining! Gemma had a seen an image on the internet and could I match it? That was the challenge. I won’t name the photographer but I quickly set up outside on the bandstand and the couiple joined me for five minutes. I really don’t normally do shots like the bandstand image – it’s just not really my style, but a challenge is a challenge. Nailed it second shot (he hinted…) after tweaking the settings via remote control. One happy bride, one chuffed photographer at this Gibbon Bridge Winter Wedding!

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