We had a fun day at the Bridlington Spa in East Yorkshire recently, where Hollie and I had the chance to plan the layout, the route and the lighting in preparation for an upcoming wedding with the wonderful Kay and Luca.

It’s so handy to be able to visit the location of the ceremony or the reception before a wedding, it just gives us that time to prepare for whatever lighting and equipment we should use. Between Hollie and I we can also brainstorm on where the best places to stand will be. Will one of us be waiting for the bride to arrive, or both? Who will wait inside the church? And it gives us that chance to decide on which lenses to use for the day.

The staff at the Bridlington Spa were so friendly and helpful, no matter where we wanted to look, or if we asked for various lighting situations they were very accommodating.

As we moved through the building and to the left wing where the wedding will be held, all the time we are planning.

We took along our Sony A7Riii and the Sony FE 24-70 f2.8 GM. Being someone who almost entirely uses primes, this was an unusual step for me. I am not a big fan of zooms, give me a prime any day, but any time I think “I am going to sell the zoom” the 24-70 just wins me over every time. It’s just a stella performer, and at f2.8 it’s exceptionally good at capturing a lot of light. The sharpness, the subject isolation and the bokeh is fantastic.

All photos below were taken with the Sony A7Riii and Sony FE 24-70 f2.8 GM.

There’s a chance that we may be able to have the bride and groom Kay and Luca to stand on the stage, with a spotlight on them. What a brilliant shot that would be!

Sadly it all depends on the day, and what events are taking place. Either way, I felt it was a good idea just to have Hollie stand on the stage and for me to snap away, Hollie didn’t disappoint!

Seeing Hollie on the stage brought back some nice memories. A few years ago Hollie was part of a successful gospel choir, who sang at places such as the O2 arena, and even at the Bridlington Spa. So it was lovely to see her up there again!

At the end of the day we left pretty confident that we had the route and the plan ready.

Did the 24-70 f2.8 GM win me over? It did, and I was very impressed with the the quality of this lens, so it won’t be getting sold any time soon. However, I am still a prime shooter and I cannot see that changing, but I can certainly see why many photographers swear by this lens, and why it’s such a workhorse for many. I can see myself using this lens much more, especially at those times when I need that extra range.

A big thanks to the Bridlington Spa staff who really helped us throughout the day.