Chateau La Durantie wedding alexis and selina

Alexis & Selina // Chateau La Durantie.

When Selina first emailed me about photographing her wedding in France at the Chateau La Durantie, Alexis, her fiance and yachtsman, was in Miami, USA. I checked my diary, made sure I was  available and having shot at La Durantie before, I was excited at the prospect of going back to this stunning venue.

After a few more emails/calls, I was soon booked in. A couple of months went by when out of the blue I got a text from my Sister telling me she’d got engaged (woohooo) and was planning a wedding overseas, for the same weekend as Alexis & Selina! I was getting ready to tell my sister that I wasn’t going to be able to attend as I was already booked to photograph a wedding in France when she emailed me with the details of her venue.

Now some things are meant to be. My sisters wedding happened to be in France, the day before A & S’s and was no more than a 45 minute car ride away, in the same region. This meant I was able to attend both weddings, one as a guest/brother of the bride and the other as a photographer.  Below are a small collection of photos from Alexis and Selinas incredible wedding at the awesome La Durantie! Enjoy.

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LDS wedding photography Lingfield Mormon Temple

Elizabeth and John are from the USA. Elizabeth studies here in London, England, while John lives and works “back home”.

American girl marries her American boy here in the UK. As Mormons they were married at the London Temple in Newchapel (Lingfield, Surrey) and were joined by a handful of their closest friends and family who flew over for the big occasion.

A few weeks before their big day Elizabeth, John and I took a stroll around London – talking, laughing and above all, taking photographs.

We were blessed with gorgeous weather on both days. A good looking couple who are head over heels in love with each other + good light = great photos!

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2012 wedding photographs

This isn’t a “best of 2012” post, but a collection of some of my favourite shots from the past 12 months.

2012 has been an important year for me, both as a person and as a photographer. For example, as well as taking photographs I also proposed to my girlfriend!

When I started out as a “wedding photographer” I didn’t really know where to take my inspiration from, so I would shoot with either pure instinct or more often than not, I would simply photograph what I thought people expected me to take photos of. “It’s tradition. Other wedding photographers shot this way in the past. If it was right for them back then, then it’s OK for me right now”. I realise now how important it is to have your own voice.

I evolved. As with all professions, you get better with experience. I started to surround myself with many brilliant photographers. I found myself literally sitting in the middle of this huge talent pool and where I once struggled to find inspiration, I now find myself getting it from all angles. This inspiration spurs me on, it inspires me, and ultimately manifests its way in to my our own work.

This year I got to travel all over the UK and Europe. My clients trust me to tell their stories, my way. And that’s all I could ever ask for.

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Matt & Alex

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