I met Lisa and Jon right back in July 2011 when they asked me to take their wedding photography at The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton. From the outset they highlighted their preference towards storytelling wedding photography rather than traditional set up shots. As a documentary wedding photographer this is a preference I share, since my style is based around emotion and storytelling.
Wedding photography at The Crazy Bear near Oxford is extremely fun, with the venue’s wonderfully eccentric mix of english heritage and modern additions. One thing I should note is that parts of this wonderful venue are pretty dark. The ceremony room, for example, has dark wood panelled walls and a black ceiling! Apart from a couple of uplighter lamps, the only real light source in this room are the windows to one side. However this gave some lovely side lighting on the couple as they said their vows.
Fast forward to the Queen’s Jubilee weekend and Lisa and Jon’s wedding which was crazy fun from start to finish. A real reflection of the couple themselves. I was certainly never short of moments to photograph and actually could have just photographed Lisa and Jon all day long, they looked so happy. I thought I should probably include a few of their guests as well though 😉
I addition to my documentary wedding photography, Lisa and Jon were also keen to have a video record of their day. So they turned to Shoot It Yourself who provided them with two small professional camcorders so their guests could record the day themselves. Shoot It Yourself then take all the footage and edit it together to make the film. It’s an interesting concept and I am very intrigued to see the finished film as I even took a few minutes footage on the camcorders myself.
Anyway, back to their wedding photography and some of my favourite moments of their special day.
If you are planning a wedding at The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton please get in touch to chat about your photography.
A beautiful account of the day, really great images and a job very well done.
Utterly stunning work Steven with some really wonderfully captured moments
Great images and nice narrative post too.
Awesome set of images Steve, some cracking moments you’ve covered there 🙂
fantastic set of images Steven, really top work
Stunning work mate – think you’ve really nailed your processing, love the colours and B+Ws. Great moments as per usual.
Great stuff, as usual Steven! The Crazy Bear is an amazing place, isnt it!!
So spectacular! You captured such perfect moments of wedding awesomeness! Wonderful work. 🙂
Absolutely love the image with the young boy and the guy holding the drinks on the dance floor! Brilliant!
superb steven. the make up reflection shot is lovely and the young boy and guy dancing is just fantastic. great images.
Your work is fantastic and this set of images are stunning.
Great emotions captured and excellent composition. Lovely post. Agree with processing comment above, expertly done -very nice colours!
Fantastic work Steven. You get such an incredible sense of the day from these images.
Really really love these photos. They just get better and better. And I really love the colour photos too, they work so well. And what an amazing venue!
I have never shot at The Crazy Bear but I always hear how tricky it is to do it well due to the light (or lack of it). You have done a great job here. Nice.
There is a calm, perfectly composed nature to your images Steven. Very impressed.
Thank you all for the lovely comments. This was a great wedding to photograph. Loved every minute.
Great wedding photography Steven. Beautiful geting ready shots…
Great work friend… really nice processing and attention to detail
Stunning work as aways Steven…love the triple reflection prep shot especially 🙂
Great photographs Steven. Those with the children at the piano are classic. and the man in the window with the reflections and the kid in a hat sitting in the bar, great documentary.
I love this wedding Steven, and your photography is exquisite.
Great work, those Black and whites look fantastic!
Wonderful images, as usual.
Great photos and a great source of journalistic inspiration!