There is something really special about being married at the Osborne Hotel. The views are difficult to beat, especially if you’re having the wedding outside. I’ve photographed a number of weddings here so let’s look at the latest one…
The Osborne Hotel is situated right across the road from Meadfoot Beach in Torquay, Devon.
A rather unique selling point for this venue is that they can leave the decision to have the wedding outside to just two hours before the ceremony begins. Given the weather in the UK, that’s important when you’re looking at a venue. I’ve had two weddings here that went ahead because the sky cleared enough at the last possible moment to do it.
This wedding had clear blue skies and a 21c temperature. Nothing was stopping this one from being outside. Let’s take a look at some photos from the day…
The Wedding Terrace is perfect for large, outdoor weddings. If the weather is against you, the Crescent suite can hold up to around 80 people. This room has lots of natural light and feels clean and fresh.
I had my Son as my Second Photographer so while I was going between the Bridal Prep and detail shots, he was focused on the guests and the Groom.
Having two photographers really comes into play during the ceremony. While I was up by the Bride and Groom, getting the close-up shots, William was at the back getting the wide angle shots of the guests, and some close-up shots of the Bride and Groom at a different angle to mine. Sometimes the first kiss looks better from his position, sometimes it looks better from mine. Being able to provide both really captures those important parts of the day so well.
Wedding Photography Equipment Used
- 2 x Sony A9
- 1 x Sony A7IV
- 1 x Sony A7iii
- Sony 85mm f1.4
- Sony 24mm f1.4
- Sony 24-70mm f2.8
- Sony 70-200mm f2.8
- 2 x Godox V1
- 2 x Godox TT685s
- 1 x Godox AD200
Wedding Photography Challenges at the venue
Perhaps the most challenging is during the ceremony if it’s outside around midday, on a bright sunny day, like this one was. When the Bride and Groom are under the wooden gazebo, balancing the light is tricky. The couple’s top half can be in almost complete darkness, while the background is already blown out. With modern mirrorless cameras, this is less of an issue but it can be challenging all the same.