Any couple would feel blessed to have a wedding photograph of them against a beautiful sky and the setting sun reflected in water.
At Ethan and Katie's wedding at Careys Manor we had two out of three. Careys is an outstanding venue...but it doesn't have a lake.
Never mind...the A337 through Brockenhurst will have to do.
At the end of their amazing day whilst they were dancing with their guests and we were starting to pack up, we noticed this amazing evening sky.
When the sun is that low in the sky you only have minutes to photograph it. Ethan and Katie were up for it so the four of us rushed out to Careys' front lawn and got as close to the road as we dare.
We used the sun's reflection in the tarmac in the same way compositionally as we would have if we'd had the reflection in water.
Five minutes later the sun had gone and so had the reflection. But this image is now part of their family archive for future generations to see what an amazing wedding day they had.
It wasn't the first time we had to use some creative lighting that day. Ethan and Katie wanted a photograph of them in this garden gateway.
The scene was working well but we felt it was worth another approach.
Here we backlit the gateway. It made a nice highlight round the edge of the gateway to give a much more pronounced frame.
We were quite pleased with the result.
Katie's day started with Bridal Prep at Careys Manor.
She had amazing shoes!!!!!!
They had a lovely ceremony with a room full to capacity with enthusiastic guests.
They were particularly lucky to have one of their friends bring their Rolls Royce to the wedding for them.
Ethan and Katie looked like Hollywood A-listers sat in the back of the Roller.
They had a great time...
...and so did their guests, with laughs...
Careys Manor was beautifully decorated, with fabulous food and amazing staff...as always.
What a wonderful wedding day this lovely young couple had in the heart of the New Forest.
We wish them all the very best for their married life together.
by Jacqui and Steve