Matt & Anastasia wedding at Birstwith Manor - Part 2

Following on from part 1, this post picks up the reception and massive party of Anastasia & Matthew's Anglo-Russian wedding. A short drive from the church, Birstwith Manor is set in a beautiful small valley with a stream running through the grounds. It is a stunning location for the reception, and later on a wonderful backdrop for Matt & Ana's portrait session. Being September and 'oop north', the light faded quickly later on, but we had a fantastic golden hour before sunset.

The bread eating is a Russian tradition, which Ana won. Matt responded with a Yorkshire tradition later on, leading everyone in a belting rendition of Ilkley Moor Ba'tat.

Ian and I were sat with the guests during the wedding breakfast, which is a real treat and fantastic way to meet some of the friends and family. Each table had multiple bottles of vodka, which we were both strongly encouraged to partake in. Being good boys and consummate professionals, of course we said no (actually true).

Matt & Ana had booked 7 hours coverage for their wedding, and from the start told me that they might want to extend time in the evening to cover more of the party, which I was promised would be fairly wild. Yeah. That happened. Quite a few images have been withheld here to protect the guilty, but I'll include what I can.

We ended up staying later; 5 hours later in fact. To the very end. There was vodka*. A lot of vodka.

Special thanks and another mention for Ian who at the time was with us on a long-term mentoring program. He did a great job and now as associate in the business, continues to develop as a superb photographer.

* Again, not us. Check the photos. It was everyone else!


If you were a guest at the wedding and would like to see the full set of images, please visit the gallery or take a look on facebook. Comments are welcomed at the bottom of this post and always appreciated by the bride, groom and future couples.

Technical Bit

If you've read this far: well done, and thanks! The next bit is more for the photographers, or anyone else interested in the technical side of what I do.

As mentioned in another completely seperate blog post, I switched from Nikon to Canon in 2012. This wedding was the first time I had used the 5DMk3 on a commission. It hadn't taken me long to get used to the different camera, and I believe in real life use as the best test for any gear (I still had a Nikon D700 with couple of lenses as a second body at this stage). The post contains a mix of Canon 5D3 and Nikon D700 images; Canon, Nikon and Sigma lenses.

The Canon worked brilliantly throughout the day with flawless autofocus performance, fantastic metering and low-light performance. About 5% of the client images were above ISO6400, and several at the amazing 25600. The fact the camera can work cleanly and consistently at this level is incredible and would have been thought impossible a couple of years ago.

Speed and accuracy are two of my main requirements in a camera, and the 5D3 has both of those. In terms of image quality, I'm looking for colour, dynamic range and low light performance. The camera excels in all of these areas.