Maxine & Nigel decided to get have their wedding in the Roman Baths in Bath. The setting was perfect, very photogenic and I knew straight away we’d get some stunning shots. It was an early start so we had the morning sun casting a perfect light, highlighting the steam rising out of the ancient baths. The thermal springs were already pretty hot and generating steam by the time we arrived. All the details around the building are amazingly well preserved, there are pillars, torches and very picturesque stone features everywhere. It was the perfect location for a scenic wedding and I had no problem framing some classic shots – even snuck in a panorama too! That’s no iPhone shot, this is a proper manual stitch together jobby. It’s also massive, and made for a great spread in their large 30cm x 30cm album they ordered afterwards.
Maxine wore a long cape which I immediately knew I wanted to capture in a full length portrait, to really show it off. In one corner of the baths was a large stone slab next to the water, it was the perfect height and setting for a portrait, so after the service when I had the couple to myself I set up a shot. By this time the sun was up and the area was backlit, so I used my flash to get a good sidelight. My shoot through umbrella gives a really soft, round lighting, and in this space it threw light across the scene. Maxine is a natural model so the shot was in the bag in no time. What was more tricky was organising the group photo on one side of the bath while I was on the other side. The Roman Baths have a high stone wall surrounding the main bath itself which acts as a sound trap, so I had a pretty good echo backing me up as I directed everyone into place. And then someone handed round bubbles to everyone and we got probably my favorite shot of the day.