Dodford Manor wedding photographer

A winter wedding at Dodford Manor.

I was Lucie and Jody’s Dodford Manor wedding photographer . This was my first visit to Dodford Manor, near Weedon in Northamptonshire. The ceremony took place at St Mary’s church in Dodford, just behind Dodford Manor.

Ceremony in the church.

I started my coverage with Lucie’s preparations a couple of hours before the ceremony, I always recommend having photographs from this stage of the day as they make a great start to your wedding album and allow me to tell the complete story of your wedding day.  After Lucie’s preps I arrived at St Mary’s church at Dodford to capture some photographs of Jody, the groom, greeting guests and waiting for the arrival of the bride.  Then I photographed Lucie arriving in the beautiful December light. The church was lit with candles in decorated jam jars which gave off a lovely warm glow. During the ceremony I try to make myself as unobtrusive as possible and these photographs are from the back of the church. I also have a camera with a very quiet shutter, a blessing during the quiet parts of the ceremony.

After the ceremony the sun was starting to set and I was blessed with some very beautiful light to work with as Lucie and Jody hugged and chatted with their guests before leaving for a drive together away from the guests. For myself and the wedding guests it was a short walk next door to Dodford Manor for the reception where we were soon joined by Lucie and Jodie.

Dodford Manor is made up of stone barns around a courtyard, the drinks reception took place in the first of these barns and then it was into the second larger barn for the wedding breakfast.

Winter weddings.

It’s always a challenge to photograph weddings in the darkest days of December, I love working in these very low light conditions as it’s the quality of the light rather than the quantity that makes for good photography. I work by available light rather than bringing along flashes or additional lighting, this gives a lovely look to the photographs.

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  • Marie HaverlyDecember 23, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    Fabulous images Simon, it was a pleasure to work with you, we’re still chuckling over your wonderful stories throughout your wedding career! These photos truly capture the love and fun that Lucie and Jody wanted to share with their friends. Excellent work xReplyCancel

  • Mick CooksonJanuary 6, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    Great images Simon – a great wedding story, beautifully told…ReplyCancel

  • Paul RogersFebruary 17, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    Beautiful set of pictures Simon, Great light after the ceremony and a top example of how to photograph a winter wedding!ReplyCancel