I knew from the moment I met them that shooting Kalee-Jane & Dan’s Capel Manor Wedding was going to be great fun. I first met them last year when I arranged to pop round to their house and have a chat about how I could help in capturing their special day. They were so welcoming, genuine and excited about their wedding that it was very hard not to be swept along with their enthusiasm! I always think it’s really important to have a good rapport with your photographer as shooting a wedding is, very much, a collaborative endeavour. So I knew from that first meeting that working with Kalee-Jane and Dan for their wedding was going to be totally amazing.
We arranged to shoot a pre-wedding session at Capel Manor a month or two before the wedding (you can see the results here). Although I’m a North London lad born and bred, it always amazes me that such a spectacularly gorgeous place as Capel Manor exists within the bounds of the M25. As such, any Capel Manor Wedding is a photographer’s dream as there are so many different areas within the grounds. Kalee-Jane and Dan’s actual service took place in the beautiful ruins – and I know that this was the one part of the day they were slightly nervous about because if it rained, there was no shelter for the service as there was no roof! In the end, they needed have worried as the weather was beautiful. The formalities and legal bit of signing the registry was completed in the Greek Temple as, it was explained to me, it needed to be signed ‘under a roof’ (whether this was a legal necessity or a practical consideration I was never really sure and didn’t like to show my ignorance by asking!)
After the service there was a drinks reception in the Walled Garden, another fantastic area of Capel Manor which you can see in some of the shots including one of my favourites of Kalle-Jane giving her dress a twirl amongst the lavender. A marquee has been set up for the wedding breakfast and festivities which was superbly catered for by Saffron Caterers – you really couldn’t have asked for a better set of people to look after and provide for you on your wedding day.
I managed to sneak Kalle-Jane and Dan away for a few photos during the evening and nothing was too much trouble for them, although I was careful I didn’t keep them away from their guests and party for too long. The only thing that surprised during the evening was the confetti bomb, which no one had warned me about, and went it went off I jumped about 6 feet in the air!
Kalee-Jane and Dan’s special day proved to be every bit as much fun as I suspected and a great introduction to photographing Capel Manor weddings. I wish the guys all the best for the future and look forward to returning there one day to shoot another great wedding.