Today we feature the wedding of Jenna and Liam captured by wedding photographer duo Sam & Louise.
Do tell us about the couple
We first met Jenna and Liam around 18 months before their wedding- which at the time seemed like forever away, but it soon came around! We also shot their engagement session a few weeks prior to the wedding and it was great to catch up with them both and hear about their plans. They are such a lovely, lovely couple and we enjoyed talking dogs and TV boxsets with them whilst wandering through the woods. It was also really nice to hear about how they first met (at work) and get a better idea of their plans for their wedding, their honeymoon and what they were most looking forward to.
The day and how it went
Jenna and Liam’s wedding was a beautiful, sunny August day. It was quite a relaxed wedding, with lots of pretty details and lots of homemade touches. The day began with coverage of both Jenna and Liam’s pre-wedding prep. They both seemed very calm, which is always a great way to kick things off. Jenna arrived for their church ceremony in a Horse and Cart, before moving on to their barn reception venue afterwards. Guests were greeted with ice creams and a magician to keep them entertained! The barn itself was beautifully decorated with rustic, almost wild looking flowers in teacups on log slices for their centerpieces. They also had burlap chair sashes and a naked wedding cake, which tied in perfectly with their theme.
It was a really lovely wedding to have been a part of- everyone was so friendly and welcoming. It was easy to dip in and out of groups and capture some really great natural photos! From a photography point of view everything went amazingly well.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
Where to start with this one! We’re a recently married photography duo, who specialise in natural, creative wedding photography. We’re both full time photographers and have been shooting weddings together now for around 5 years. We’re based in Essex, but travel all over the UK (& Europe) shooting weddings. Sam knows no limits and will do anything for the perfect photo- i’ve had to pull him feet first from river banks before now and it’s not unusual for him to be laying in a puddle or splitting a pair of trousers! I (Louise) am far more inclined to stay in the background and capture all the gorgeous, natural moments that wedding days are really all about. We both enjoy being creative and seeing beyond what is visible to the eye. Much of our wedding portraiture work is based on the idea that we want to make something from nothing.
How would you describe your photography style?
I’d describe our style as being quite organic. We always shoot according to the situations we find ourselves in, the environment, lighting and so on- always aiming to create the very best visual record of a day as we possibly can. We like to see things with fresh eyes every time, even if we’ve shot at a particular venue many times before. It’s important to us that we do something new that will reflect the spirit of the celebration and not be a cut and paste of another wedding.
For the vast majority of the day, we shoot completely naturally. We don’t pester or pose, which allows us to get completely uninhibited responses- laughs, tears and questionable dance moves included! That said, we do always like to create something unique and new to the couple, so that they have a little bit of something “wow” that’s just for them, in addition to all the other lovely wedding stuff. We’ve become increasingly known for our night time portraiture.
What did you love about the day?
Our favourite thing about the day was probably working with Jenna and Liam. They were so lovely to work with and reminded us alot of ourselves in many ways. They were really fun and laidback and so open to any ideas or input we had, which made the day flow so seamlessly. When you get a great couple, things just seem to work. It was a real pleasure meeting them both and being a part of their day.