Marty and Nicole celebrated their beautiful wedding at the Three Rivers Golf Country Club in Essex.
I always love shooting in new locations and venues, with new scenery and settings to take advantage of, and the Three Rivers provided just that.
My day began with Nicole in her very chilled bridal prep, where she underwent the traditional pampering treatment along with her bridesmaids and mum.
Nicole’s father, meanwhile, was busy planning the day ahead as the ‘chief wedding organiser’ – always a lovely touch when family members can play such an active and important role on the day.
It wasn’t long before I met up with Marty for his groom prep, before heading outside for a few quick portraits whilst the sun was shining.
And before I knew it, the tisch had begun.
If I were to compare photographing a wedding to a swimming race, the bridal and groom preps are the stretches, the warm-up, the testing the water stage. But by the time the tisch starts, its time to dive in and furiously swim underwater, and only resurfacing several hours later when the first course is served at dinner.
During that time, one thing leads to another, and another, etc…..there’s the tisch, the bedeken, the ceremony, the Yichud, the family pictures, the couple pictures and, more often than not, a raucous round of dancing.
Fortunately, I both love swimming, and thrive on the non-stop action of a wedding day, so really feel in my element when I’m going round photographing everything as it happens.
And with a truly beautiful ceremony right in the middle, Marty and Nicole’s entire day was a genuine pleasure.
As always, the action turned up another notch after the happy couple made their way onto the dancefloor through a row of arches and a shower of confetti.
My old habit of head-butting my camera made a glorious return, but getting in close to the action is the only way I feel I can properly capture the atmosphere, and so is a small sacrifice to have to pay I feel.
Credit also to Jay Silvester for delivering perhaps the greatest line in a best-man’s speech I’ve heard yet.
I, however, shall not be repeating it here (!).
But the night belonged to Marty and Nicole, and surrounded by their families and friends, they celebrated their big day in the best way possible.
So its my absolute pleasure to bring you but a selection of my images from their day: