Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hampshire Manor Wedding

This weekend we shot the loverly Lou & Pete’s wedding at Cain Manor in the Hampshire / Surrey boarder area.

Massive thanks goes to Lou, Pete and all their wedding guests for being such good sports and totally getting ‘on board’ with our photographic vision and the way that we work.

You have to check out the photo booth on our facebook page here. It’s got to be one of the best that we’ve done. As Lou & Pete are going on a road trip around the west coast side of Route 66 in the USA, we thought we’d do an American trucker themed photo booth for them.

We’ll post a bigger gallery of the day at some point in the future. But for now here is a sneak peek for you.

Oh and you can also check out Lou & Pete’s fantastic Superheroes engagement shoot here.

You can get an idea about what we did for Lou & Pete, by looking at the whole photography package of engagement shoot, wedding photography and photo booth. We always like to do things a little differently from other wedding photographer’s and give our couples more than just wedding photo’s. If you’d like to speak to us about your wedding photography we’d love to hear from you just click this link to get in contact.

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Berkshire Designers Wedding

Lucy & Chris were married at Wasing Park, near Reading, Bearkshire. Chris is a graphic designer and a pretty creative chap (as well as being a top bloke) and Lucy is just one of the most down to earth people that you’re be likely to meet.

Chris has to be the only groom who’s given us a mood board of the kind of wedding photography that he likes. We just loved that!!! Give us a bride and groom who are totally committed to their wedding photography and we’d happily shoot their wedding every day of the week.

With Chris being a very talented graphic designer, we thought that we’d give our photography a very strong, clean graphical edge and used that to influence the photographic style for the wedding.

We loved the fact that Lucy and Chris’s vow’s mentioned Chris’s beloved Arsenal Football Club (even though they did loose badly that day) and that each table had a colour green theme. They also let us do what ever we wanted for their photo booth and just said, “We totally trust you, suprise us.” Check out the photo’s here.

Thanks so much Lucy & Chris for being such wonderful people and also taking us and Nathan Pask (who’s a super talented fashion photographer) who joined the team for this wedding out for dinner afterwards to say thanks.

If you’d like to have a chat with us about what we can do for your wedding photography, we’d love to hear from you, just give us a shout here.

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Analogue Exhibition Private View

Last night was the private view for the Analogue Exhibition that our main photographer Adam Bronkhorst is involved in.

Some of Brighton’s best were out in force to attened the private view of this unique show, which features some of the leading analogue photographers from the South East.

The venue was packed with people checking out the photography and just hanging out. The show has a really strong selection of works by different photographers featuring:

Tom Welland
Adam Bronkhorst

The show has already been extended and will run until 27th April (opening times from 12-5pm). If you are in Brighton and want to check it out, head down to the Artist Residence Hotel in Regency Square, Brighton, Sussex.

Massive thanks to Tom Welland for getting us involved and a big congratulations and THANK YOU to Gem & Carley (thats them in the last photo) from Collate Presents for all their hard work in organising the exhibition.


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Superheroes Engagement Shoot

Thank you thank you thank you to Lou & Pete for being game and agreeing to our mad idea of getting them to dress up as Wonder Woman and Superman for their superhero themed engagement shoot. How cool are they!

So you know that we like to do things in our own special way at Viva Wedding Photography. We refuse to do an engagement shoot like the millions that we’ve seen before, where the couple are having a ‘Vintage Picnic’ or something similar and cliche. Have a look at our past engagement shoots for some of the ideas that we’ve done in the past.

We’d only spoken on the phone to Pete before and never met either of them in person, but in testing the waters over some of our ideas, we asked Pete what kind of films they like watching. Pete told us that they are quite partial to superheroes movies (in fact Pete also told us on the engagement shoot that one of their first dates to the cinema was a choice between a chick flick and X-men. They ended up seeing X-men and Pete said he knew Lou was the girl for him then and there).

So with the superheroes theme in our minds we began to think of ideas. When we asked them which Superheroes do they see themselves as, and they said that Pete is Superman and Lou is Wonder Woman. That was it, there was no doubt in our mind that we were hiring them those costumes for the engagement shoot!

We decided to tone down our initial idea of having them run though the streets of town wearing the costumes and do a studio type shoot instead. Having a professional photographer shoot you for your wedding, is often the first time that most people have had their photograph taken properly and can be quite a daunting experience (unless you have the right photographer), espesially on a day when you are quite nervous anyway. That’s why we always recomend having an engagement shoot as it just helps to get better images of your wedding. Although doing a very posed studio type shoot with studio lights etc. is nothing like how we shoot on wedding days, the purpouse of the engagement shoot was to show Lou & Pete that having your photo taken can be really fun, and they are now totally prepared for the photography on their wedding day.

We can’t wait to shoot Lou & Pete’s wedding and spendning more time with such a fun couple. Thanks so much guys.

If you’d like to talk to us about any cool and out there ideas for your engagement shoot, just give us a shout!


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Analogue Photography Exhibition

Our main photographer Adam Bronkhorst is taking part in a special exhibition of Analogue Photographic works & Vintage Cameras.

The exhibition is taking place at the Artist Residence, 33 Regency Square, Brighton, Sussex BN1 2GG and runs from 22/03 – 27/04 with the private view on 21/03.

This is a very great honor to be asked to take part in this exhibition which features some of the cream of the crop of analoge photographers including Lomokev, Tom Welland, 25ThC and Captainbobobo.

Adam has written a book on Analogue photography and regularly shoots with film. We’ve featured a few weddings where the bride and groom have requested that we shoot film for them. There was the Lomo / Toy Camera Wedding as well as the Holga Wedding. We are planning on blogging more of our film weddings in the future so watch this space. If you’d like to find out more about Adam’s books click this link.

Please feel free to come along to the private view on 21/03 from 6pm-9pm and enjoy some drinks, some photography and say hi to Adam.

For more info on the exhibition check out the facebook page here.


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