A Wonderful Woodland Wedding

Tithe Barn wedding

“I was wondering about making a video too.”

Emma Lappin, florist extraordinaire, was telling me about the woodland scheme she was working on for the wedding of Kayleigh and Jack at the magnificent 16th Century Tithe Barn in Petersfield, Hampshire. She’d asked if I would document the process of preparing this imposing venue and I was more than happy to as Emma and her ELFs are always such fun to work with. Then she asked whether I could put together a video, as well as stills. Although I am a stills photographer, I had been looking for an opportunity to try the HD video capabilities of my camera, so I said yes!

I’ve worked with video quite a lot over the years, but shooting video on a DSLR still had a steep learning curve. The 5D MkII has to be manually focussed whilst recording. One has to use the screen, not viewfinder, to focus and judge exposure which is a challenge. But the pictures look great, especially through the 50mm 1.2L lens. After all the hard work, the hall glowed with candlelight and looked truly spectacular. It was a fascinating insight into the hard work that goes into preparing a wedding venue with a scheme of this scale and grandeur, something that guests and even photographers don’t often get to see! The good people over at the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings website thought so too and on Friday they posted a full write-up, including an interview with Kayleigh. The write-up is covered with my photographs, as is the video.

If the embedded video doesn’t work for any reason, you can see it here. For those a geeky persuasion, the video was edited using OpenShot on Ubuntu. It was great to be able to use Creative Commons licensed music too. Thanks to Emma and the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings people for giving me the opportunity to get involved.

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