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Kelsey and Conor met while on holiday in Berlin, Germany where their groups of friends all stayed in the same hostel. Kelsey is from Nashville, and Conor is from Manchester, England. They formed a strong connection and then took their own trip together to Oxford, England where they got engaged! Fast forward to current day, the couple has settled in the St. Louis area, and on June 23, 2018, they would enjoy a lovely Summer wedding at Terian Farms surrounded by family and friends.
Bridal prep was done at a nearby to the venue lakeside cabin. The groom and groomsmen were out doing their thing, I would catch up with them later. This was a unique perspective through the outside window.
Another perspective of banter and fun interaction between bridesmaids through the inside window.
Kelsey must have given the talented stylists with One 10 Beauty the thumbs up! I knew her and Conor were a great fit for what I offer as a documentary wedding photographer because they’re both very nice, but also modest and reserved. I could tell their story without making a production, perfect.
The arrival to Terian Farms, it was a very warm day but not sweltering hot. The slight breeze was very pleasant.
Anyone could have orchestrated this. But I find the mood and feel is more genuine when you just watch for it and position yourself accordingly. Everyone is enjoying the final moments before the early evening ceremony.
The British are coming! Conor had arranged a bus for his British friends to be taken to the venue, we were all so glad to see them! The bus had been slightly delayed due to traffic or road construction in Nashville.
Pastor David Cassidy ready to do his thing!
I like to watch guests during the ceremony too, rather than get tunnel vision on the couple. There are moments where there is time to notice the surroundings as long as the critical moments are priority.
Kelsey walking up in her dress made natural emotion flow with her younger sister, a beautiful and touching moment indeed!
Absolutely beautiful ceremony at this Summer wedding at Terian Farms! Perfect time of day, sun was setting below the trees and there was a nice breeze. The view is quite scenic at Terian Farms especially when the horses are in the rolling meadows. You might even see Ruby the cat!
Conor and Kelsey had a moment to themselves to enjoy before a brief speech and dinner break.
The couple made their entrance and speeches began. They can be quite a form of entertainment and comedy at British weddings.
Kelsey’s mom enjoyed getting to relax and kick back, and enjoy the festivities.
Open bar time, and business would soon pick up! These are no amateurs.
I told you.
Kelsey cutting loose and being part of the party, not the entire focus of it. This made for some great human emotion and storytelling!
The guys would tie themselves together with their ties, this was hilarious and entertaining!
It was nice to see Conor celebrating with his friends from England. I truly hope the couple loves how I documented their day.
This crowd was not ready to wind this party down, but 11:30 is clean up time at most venues. The couple would enjoy a sparkler exit and a few moments to mingle with guests. I hope you’ve enjoyed this wonderful Summer wedding at Terian Farms with Kelsey and Conor! Congratulations guys! Thank you for letting me do your storytelling.
Sadly, this is the finale for Oxford England street photos, and for this UK trip. With the exception of a few from London, but I didn’t have as much time there. After leaving from Bath the day after our conference, I rode back to Oxfordshire with my good friends, Steve and Sam. They dropped me off in Oxford since that was the nearest city centre to where they lived. This way, I can take my time around Oxford and give it a fresh look when I’m more alert and awake, lol. Only things didn’t go exactly as planned at first, but it’s all good.
That old repurposed British phone booth distracted me from my original plan, go to the Ashmolean Museum, where Sam dropped me off. Somehow, she didn’t seem surprised that I deviated. But I did get back to there later in the day if that counts. I liked the side streets and alleyways and focused on those for a minute, with strategic angles.
After getting back to the main thoroughfare in the area, I saw what appeared to be a homeless woman walking a dog and screaming into the air. I thought, ok, time to go the other way. I found a pub a couple blocks over, and had fish and chips and a beer. Quite delicious, only now I can’t top that until going back, ugh. I left the pub for more exploring. One block over, same screaming woman, this time she was acting aggressively to a man she was with. Trouble in paradise it seems. So, I go the other way, and stop in a Tesco store to get my British friend living in the states some chocolate only sold there. One block over to the public toilets, there they were again. They were walking away from most civilization, so thankfully this was the last time I was blessed with their presence. Back to the streets.
I went inside this Christ Church property, there were school groups there so I figured I’d see what’s going on there. Lovely place with lots of character. It’s extremely rare that you’ll see me photograph something scenic like this garden, but the opportunity was there. My only exception is usually wedding venue features and grounds. A bit of a contrast from my abandoned building work.
I seemed to be most inspired by shapes, alleyways and passageways, and overall dimension. So I ran with it. In the Bath conference, Patrick LaRoque and Kevin Mullins really helped provide extra vision and inspiration as far as adding depth to work, and making even the mundane interesting.
I got between the bars of an iron fence and waited for passersby. Focus point was already locked,
I happened to notice this overgrown graveyard at the Magdelene church in city centre.
I had a little fun with slightly lower shutter speed at this busy intersection at rush hour time.
After leaving the museum, I sat at this statue to snag a wifi connection and send a couple emails, and relax a bit before catching the bus. It became a gathering place. I loved the energy of the city, the bicycles, people walking briskly. Lovely architecture too.
Barley, Steve and Sam’s yellow lab 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed this final round (for now) of Oxford England street photos!
One of the reasons for this trip was Fujifilm photographers wedding photography conference in Bath, put on by my good friend, Kevin Mullins. I’ve known Kevin for three years, and was one of my earliest Fujifilm documentary wedding photographers who inspired me. We arrived in Bath the day before the conference so we could do some street photography and meet up with fellow conference goers. More pub time that day than I had been used to in a while, lol. But it was a blast! Steve and Sam took me on a scenic route to Bath. What a lovely historic city, and I hope you enjoy this Bath, England street photography!
I was sitting at an outdoor patio table with my friends at the Bath Brewhouse and noticed the way the sun and shadow hit this wall mounted lamp. Finally decided to take the photo.
This garage was across the alley from our Airbnb we stayed at on top of this steep hill. The view was so nice, more hilly than most of England that I’ve seen. I just grabbed a few on the way to the conference that morning. It’s a good thing Steve and Sam were there to keep me focused or I’d have wandered off. No worries though, I got to do that the next morning.
Inherently, my first instinct is to go black and white for this architecture. But as my friend said, color shows the patina and texture in these buildings.
Some slight shutter drag to emphasize the motion of this older man, and capture different dimensions.
The Abbey in Bath.
During the conference, I left site for the coffee break they provided, which was a good plan. Getting some exercise helped me stay better focused for the remaining speakers. This was the view by the hotel, of the Avon River.
After the conference. a group of us went back to the Brew House, which didn’t hurt my feelings at all. The sun was setting as we approached the Brew house!
One of my friends from the conference was on crutches from a knee injury. His unusual sense of humor would no doubt appreciate this.
The rest of the Bath, England street photography is from the next morning before going back to Oxford with Steve and Sam. It was interesting to see how the conference inspired my street photography, which in turn, inspires my wedding photography.
This theme was people working, and me documenting it. It wasn’t planned, just what was available. So, I took it.
This was the Roman Bath House, which is a major tourist attraction. Though it’s been a hundred years since used, there is a lot of history there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Bath, England street photography. Next up, more from Oxford, soon.
I just had an amazing UK getaway that included a Fujifilm wedding photography conference in Bath, and time with friends. Of course lots of time doing street photography and hitting pubs. After a multiple stop transatlantic flight with no sleep, I quickly got my second wind when my friend Steve was kind enough to collect me from Heathrow airport in London. Steve and his wife Sam have been good friends and fellow Fuji wedding photography group admins, this was the first time we all met. Of course they’re fellow Fujifilm wedding photographers! They were so nice to house me on my trip, it was so much fun! More on that soon, here is some Oxford, United Kingdom street photography! That was our first stop after breakfast and collecting myself.
I forgot how tired I was by the time we got to Oxford. Aer Lingus never dimmed the cabin lights, it was impossible to sleep, and there were a couple screaming toddlers. Not much anyone can do about that. My goal was just to make it through the day and have fun, and sleep well that night, which I did! I loved the energy of the streets on this perfect English Summer day. Like many British cities, Oxford is a university city, lots of affluence and shopping, pubs, everything that’s good!
Something about this man making his way through the open air market caught my eye. Street photography is not only about people and architecture. But also dimensions and depth, texture, reflections, contrast, multiple layers of the photo, etc. That’s why I tend to work close and wide. It helps me think about more of the frame.
I love the Fuji X100F, that was my only camera along. In a case like this, dragging the shutter is easy with the build in neutral density filter.
Reflections with color and contrast.
Afternoon cream tea and scones, my God those were amazing. Of course local friends admonished me for putting the cream on first, so I tried it their way the next time. LOL! Yes, it tasted the same, but was more visually appealing their way.
On our way from Oxford to Bicester, we stopped at a real authentic British village pub, was so amazing! I think it was built in the 1700’s.
This was the garden area in the back. There were kids and dogs, was like being at someone’s house party, I enjoyed the experience. I hope you’ve enjoyed round one of Oxford, United Kingdom street photography! More to come.
I met Matt and Mina over the Winter to discuss their wedding photography needs. Time for them was a commodity, as they’re both busy medical professionals, but we got it all worked out. They are from Wisconsin and came down here to study at Vanderbilt University. Now they’re keeping Nashville well, one patient at a time! Matt and Mina would finally have their day, at Terian Farms wedding and event center. This lovely Terian Farms wedding was Memorial Day weekend of 2018, and is this ever an amazing photo story! Starting with arrival.
It was a fairly hot day, but still pleasant, partly sunny, and as always, the farm was beautiful and welcoming. Speaking of welcoming, Matt, the lucky groom showed up with his groomsmen and family visiting. I would document some of the pre-wedding fun. I saw some beer, I knew then that this crowd would not disappoint!
Sometimes I like to use other people in the foreground to help accentuate the intended part of the subject. A good subtle documentary wedding photography method and no wasted motion.
Mina had arrived with her bridesmaids, and I was thoroughly impressed with their hair and makeup skills! Using mirrors are another way to create multiple dimensions with photography and storytelling.
Mina’s hair had beautiful detail!
My assistant did say earlier that the sky looked like rain. I brushed it off at the time, then I told her, hey it looks like rain! I got a nice eyeroll, lol!
More guests and family had started to arrive, I love documenting greetings.
Groom party chilling before the storm, and the ceremony.
Terian Farms is always a beautiful canvas, horses roaming about.
Final quiet moments before the wedding ceremony, it was about to begin! Thankfully, plan B had been executed, a tent for shelter. By then drizzle had started.
Revealing moments for wedding guests and particularly grandparents was a lovely observation. You could hear a gentle rain tap on the roof of the tent.
Venue keeper and coordinator, Teri encouraging a shy flower girl, and she rocked it!
It was a beautiful sight seeing Matt and Mina walk in together, as they walk out. We’re all breaking tradition together and that’s cool!
An emotional speech about a dearly departed friend of Mina.
You can see love and emotion radiating off of both of them!
The kiss! Yes! it’s a done deal. They relished that moment.
Matt and Mina really valued the documentary approach for their wedding. Like all of my couples, they just wanted to enjoy their day and not feel awkward doing long periods of posing for photos. But they did want the organic story documented. This doesn’t always excite the families as much, but their families were loving it as well. Everyone wanted to enjoy the day and keep it a relaxed feel.
After greeting beloved guests, time for a quiet moment between the couple.
The couple makes their entrance and guests were already having a great time, as I knew they would. After a lovely catered dinner from Blue Moon BBQ, I was ready to get to it again.
At times, the rain became heavier, but now the rainbow let us know we can play after the rain.
Everyone enjoyed these speeches at this festive and fun Terian Farms wedding. Both Matt and Mina have so much support and encouragement.
Cake, your days, I mean minutes, are numbered.
No words, just emotion, love, and energy.
Watching for the memorable moments is the foundation of documentary / photojournalist wedding photography. This Nashville wedding photographer was ready. Mina will either love this or want to kill me, lol! I’m betting the former.
The energy of the crowd and couple would not disappoint at all. I blended in and captured their energy, unposed and natural.
Photo booth fun.
I don’t normally hallucinate, but I thought I had a Patrick Swayze sighting! They were killing it!
Shout from the rooftops!
The party was rocking, next is the sparkler exit! I hope you’ve enjoyed this remarkable Terian Farms wedding and I wish Matt and Mina all the congratulations in the world!