The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Cothelstone, Somerset is one of those oh so very typical, and gorgeous, English churches.
To get to the church, you need to walk through the grounds of a manor house, then through some private gardens and along the path of some houses.
Eventually, you round the corner to see this spectacular church, nestled on the side of a hillock.
It really is lovely.
When I saw the route to the church I really wanted to make a picture that established the setting, but also allowed Claire and her dad to remember those final nervy steps as they walked towards The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury.
This is one of those images that I planned in my head, and positioned myself for accordingly. A majority of my work as a wedding photojournalist is, of course, based on instinct and depends entirely on what the guests and bride and groom do at a wedding.
In some cases though, I can predict accurately the next steps and this is one such case. Choosing to step right back in the field, I wanted the cottage to fill the entire frame and I was initially only concerned with getting Claire and her dad in the image. The vicar was the bonus for me.
I hope you love this picture as much as I do. Please feel free to comment or share on social media.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2
- Lens: XF23mm F1.4R
- ISO: 400
- Exposure: 1/450th second at f/8
- Flash: Did not fire