Today we feature the lovely Summer wedding of Tatum and James captured by London Wedding Photographer Matt Badenoch.
Fun, outgoing, original, love life, know how to party. They made their wedding completely their own. Love it when my couples do this.
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The wedding took place in North London, not too far from Hitchin where I photographed their engagement session at the lavender fields. I knew this wedding was going to be awesome the first time I saw James and his ushers donning their groom suits which would have made Ron Burgundy proud. That combined with the best man who was in his military gear, sword and all, was quite an impressive sight. Next stop was the bridal prep which was already in full swing with champagne and music.
The ceremony took place in a beautiful traditional english church. A fun moment occurred when the victor asked the question “If anyone knows of any reason why these two should not be married, please speak now”, following which the best man span around to the guests and drew his sword (partly drew I should add, apparently the victor wasn’t having a sword fully drawn in his church”). As you may expect, no one objected to their union.
Having photographed their engagement session in a lavender field I knew they were big fans, so when I discovered they were using lavender seeds instead of confetti it seemed ‘at first’ like a great idea. After spending most the day and night trying to dislodge seeds from themselves they thought differently. On the plus side they did spell extremely nice.
Upon leaving the church Tatum surprised James with a special gift. A carriage filled with hay pulled by a tractor to whisk them away to the reception. James was delighted.
The reception was help at Tatum’s Auntie’s house where they’d set up a huge marquee, hay bail seating, drink and food stations. The afternoon was sun-filled and the reception a blast. During the meal (cooked by Tatum’s mother, how she did it all I still don’t know) I got invited to sit with the main table, a complete first for me.
The night was taken into full party mode with a DJ & Drummer combo.
Throughout the entire day Tatum & James added little touches to make their wedding unique and totally their own. A few that I missed above:
- Used best man’s ceremonial sword to cut the wedding cake
- Bridesmaids & ushers dance off
The photographer – Matt Badenoch
I’m a wedding photographer based in Camberwell, South London. I love living in London, the energy, mix of cultures, the food, the pubs, the little quirky coffee shops, all the new experiences that are on offer. For many of the same reasons just mentioned I also love traveling and immersing myself in new cultures. Before moving to London 2 years ago I lived in Freetown, Sierra Leone for 6 months. It’s a beautiful country with amazing people, probably the most hospitable I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. To support where I can with the tragic ebola crisis they’re having to deal with I donate 10% of my business’s sales to a local NGO working to strengthen the health sector.
How would you describe your photography style?
Emotional storytelling / modern documentary. For me the moment is king. I always try and incorporate creative techniques, for example framing or using reflections, to create greater interest in my photos, but above all it’s about the moment. Moments that occur naturally without any direction from myself. When my couples see their photos I want them to be taken wright back to how they felt when it was taken; feelings of excitement, joy, and love, rather than annoyance at some guy with a camera bossing them around. One of my favourite quotes is by Maya Angelou “I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”. This is something very central to my business.
What did you love about the day?
The energy and the atmosphere throughout the entire day. You could tell how much everyone adored the couple and everyone else at the wedding. I was on a high for the entire 13 hours I was there, probably my longest wedding to date, but I certainly didn’t mind. As mentioned a couple of time I also loved how Tatum & James made their wedding their own with original ideas unique to their characters/relationship. I love it when couples do this.