Coombe Abbey Hotel – no ordinary hotel, and I can agree with it. This place is no ordinary.
I won’t write about history of this place. This is not historical blog. Some info about history, you can find on the hotel’s webpage, click (here) To view some great wedding photos from Coombe Abbey Hotel created by one from the best wedding photographer in West Midlands, read reast of the text, and scrol down 🙂 and enjoy.
This specific photo story was created long time ago, many weddings ago… Anyway, it has been created in the same style as you can see in my current work. So, possibly it will be pleasant for your eyes, and give you some inspiration if you are going to get married at this beautiful, unusual wedding venue.
It was the first wedding for me – (MK Wedding Photography) in new 2019. Firstly, I photographer a wedding ceremony at the church in Birmingham, West Midlands, and secondly we moved to a wedding venue near Warwick in Warwickshire. A lot of driving that day, but at the same time great natural wedding photos.
As usually, I get to the church earlier, to have a chat with people, to check lighting condition, and generally where to be – co capture the best natural moments from the wedding ceremony.
As you know, MK Wedding Photography loves to capture detailed wedding photo stories, showing what happened in details. This time was exactly the same. I’ve created really detailed reportage from the church. I managed to capture not only the bride and groom, bot many nice images of guests arrived for the ceremony.
It was small church in the heart of Birmingham. The place had nice lighting, and I could use it in building quality images…
Wedding ceremony at the church in Birmingham, West Midlands.
Have a look on some photos from the ceremony.
And some photos after the ceremony… on the way out from the church.
After the ceremony we have moved to Hatton Arms near Warwick, Warwickshire. to the place where wedding reception took place, and below some photos from that place.
Every single photographer will say something different. I will tell you about my experience, and equipment I use in day to day work across West Midlands and Warwickshire.
So, I’m Nikon guy.
I tested Canons, Sonys, but I stick to “N” brand. From 2015, my main tool in wedding photography is NIkon D4s, heavy, bulky piece of magnesium, plastic, and rubber. The second body is smaller D750 with larger sensor (24mp) vs 16mp in D4s.
However, in my opinion, sensor is not so important in wedding photography. Some time ago i have used Nikon D800 with 36mp sensor, and it was tooooooo much for me. That’s why I have purchased D750.
What is the best in D4s in wedding photography.
Many wedding venues across West Midlands and Warwickshire is dark. If is dark, a wedding photographer has to increase ISO or reduce shutter speed, or open a lens for max aperture. There is second option.. to stop the wedding ceremony, and ask registrars, and a couple to stand still, because photographer has to find reasonable settings in the camera….. Of course it is impossible. And nobody at the wedding ceremony or even later during the first dance. Which usually takes place after the sunset won’t do this for photographer. That’s why is so important to have right equipment, and what is more important knowledge about it, and knowledge about limitations of the equipment.
So, why Nikon D4s is so good for me?
– ISO range
– Auto focus
I mentioned about dark wedding venues across West Midlands. High ISO helps in those places. You can trust me or not but in D4s ISO 10000 is still usable in some conditions. Noise is reasonable, and acceptable.me
Autofocus…. In my opinion it was the best auto focus till 2017, when Sony A7 3gen has been relisted witH it’s eye focus. A lot of sport photographers use D4s in sport photography, motorsport, and everywhere where you have to capture fast moving objects. In my case as West Midlands wedding photographer I can appreciate auto focus in low light condition. Even if is totally dark, and other cameras won’t be able to catch the focus, my Nikon can😀
I give you an example…
November 2018, a hotel located in the heart of West Midlands. I was just after the first dance. I had many relaxed people bouncing on the dance floor. Extremely low light condition. From time to time wedding guests were hit by flashing light set by music band which was entertaining during the evening wedding party. I took my Nikon, with flash on the hot shoe. I set continues group focus because my objects were moving. And I start shooting. I haven’t seen to much trough view finder but my camera does.
What I don’t like
Beside Canon Eos 1, Nikon D4s is the biggest full frame camera on the market, and it impossible to discrete while taking a wedding photos.
Weight. Body’s weight is approx. 1350g. If I add one from my favourite 70-200 f2.8 the total weight goes up to around 3000g. If you hold this set up in your hands for a couple of hours, you can be sure that on the next day you will feel pain in your hands.
Marek Kuzlik Wedding Photography at Dunchurch Parh Hotel
Some time ago. I can even say long time ago. I had a pleasure to photograph a wedding day at Dunchurch Park Hotel. The hotel is located in beautiful area, in large park in the heart of Warwickshire in small village Dunchurch.
History of the building goes back to 19th century. More about history you can find (here)
That’s beautiful place, especially outside, however inside I found some lighting issues. But it is not the place to review the place. Generally, the day was amazing. Nice couple and guests, helpfull staff. And a lot of fun and very positive emotions during the day.
As a wedding photographer, every year I have an opportunity to work in many beautiful wedding venues across all UK but this one has a special place in my heart. That’s why, I take so many photos of the building and it’s interior. Everywhere something interesting.
The next stage of the wedding was? … bride and her team preparation. At this occasion, everything went smooth and easy. Ladies were ready long time before the wedding ceremony, so we had some time for fun in front of my cameras. It was unusual situation, usually ladies are late 🙂
And, we get to the weding ceremony. Big room, visible wooden construction, glass wall which put a lot of ambient light, and the groom with his best man awaiting the bride entrance… Silence… member of staf open the door…. music goes lauder, and bridal party walks trough an aisle… We have bride and groom together, and we are ready to start the wedding ceremony. Simply and short.
This is the time when I have to be ready for everything, for all important moments. that’s the time for a lot of clicks.
I’m Marek Kuzlik, wedding photographer based in Coventry. I live the border of West Midlands and Warwickshire. I’ve been photographing “big days” since 2014, and now, I wish to share with you my passion to wedding photography and everything what is around it. I will post photos from recent weddings across Midlands and other parts of the UK, some tips and movies.
I was born in Poland, and I have artistic background. I was studying graphic design and photography. And it looks, that I have chosen the second option. To be honest, I still use a lot of knowledge from desing, which helps me to create stunning wedding images for couples across West Midlands, and rest of UK.
I use Nikon Cameras, and selection of Nikon, and Sigma lenses, from top zooms to the best prime lenses. My favourite one is Sigma 35mm f1.4 – very specific, I would even describe it as danger lens…. but if you know how to use it, it is amazing lens.
Natural with touch of creativity. I take a lot of photos during the wedding day to create detailed story of the day. It doesn’t mean I just click…. Every single frame, lighting, composition is created in my mind… then I press shutter button. In my wedding photography I avoid posing. I prefer to guide my couples, give them an idea rather than asking them to look straight into camera, and asking to “move your hand higher” bent your head….etc I just capture right natural emotions between them.