Door 17: Ellenborough Park
Of all of the venues local to me in Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park most certainly ranks as one of my favourites for weddings. It’s got a lovely space for the ceremony that’s completely removed from the main venue, huge amounts of outdoor space for the guests to spill out to and a fantastic room for the wedding breakfast with lots of available light (brilliant news for a wedding photographer!).
This was photographed back in the peak of the wedding season towards the end of August. The couple were keen for mostly natural, reportage photography and of course this was very suited to my preferred style.
This particular ceremony was a little bit of a challenge. Normally I aim to photograph the ceremony from the front of the room so that I can capture the couple’s faces, but the space at Ellenborough park is quite narrow and long. The bride and groom had a harpist at the very front and the celebrant wasn’t too keen to have me behind the registrar. As always, I respected the registrar’s wishes and photographed from the back of the ceremony room. The different perspective allowed me to capture it from a guest’s-eye-view. I wanted to show off the high ceiling and almost chapel-like nature of the building so when it came time for the rings I’d already decided on the composition of the image. There’s lots of negative space in this picture (a photographer’s term for empty space) which I think gives it plenty of room to breath and conveys a sense of calmness to the moment.