Marcus from Big Eye Photography talks to Matara about his experience, with almost 300 weddings under his belt we are sure he has a lot to share!
1. What is your idea of the perfect wedding?
One that represents the couple, both individually and together without worrying too much about ‘what everyone does’ which is why I love Matara’s flexibility. I am also a massive fan of colour.
2. Which living person do you most admire?
People who are doing things differently. Musicians who experiment and challenge especially. Also, all of the England football team. It’s coming home…just not yet!
3. What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day?
My air-cushioned shoes that look smart but feel like slippers. I have been known to buy two pairs at a time for fear of them being discontinued!
4. What is your current state of mind?
Optimistic and slightly weathered!
5. What do you think is the most overrated thing that couples try to squeeze into their wedding day?
Probably a receiving line. I don’t shoot too many anymore but it is far more relaxing for the couple and the guests to chat during the drinks reception or the wedding breakfast rather than standing in lines.
I think tree planting/dedication at Matara during the wedding day should be compulsory. It’s one of my favourite things to photograph!
6. On what occasion is lying at work a good idea?
Do you want a glass of Prosecco Marcus? (at 10am) – Whilst in the bridal suite on the morning of a wedding. I quite obviously would love to dive in but I always decline! Try me again at 8pm though…
7. What is the most outrageous (fabulous or terrifying) outfit you have ever seen at a wedding?
I loved Jon’s flashing shoes at his and Araba’s wedding. That combined with his glitter beard was amazing!
8. What is the hardest thing a couple has ever asked you to do for their day?
Let’s just say keep your group shots to around 8-10 groups!
9. What quality in a groom do you like the most?
Presence. Immerse yourself in your day rather than worrying about timings etc.
10. What quality in a bride do you like most?
As above. But also a sense of fun.
11. When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?
Great question. Every single time during the speeches. Not many I can share though…probably best to ask me in person! I’m quite a laughy-out-loud person too and very much enjoy wedding days so probably a lot.
12. What makes an ideal wedding?
This is an impossible question to answer! It depends solely on the couple. Ideal for each couple is a wedding that represents their relationship to each other, friends, family and their lives together. There you go, I answered it.
13. What is the most unusual entertainment you have ever seen at a wedding?
I’ve got to answer Kate Nash haven’t I? A huge megastar turning up at Matara and bringing down the house for an hour. It was epic!
As above. But also a sense of fun.
14. If you could change one thing about a wedding, what would it be?
There’s a few things I’ve really liked about previous weddings that maybe aren’t the norm. I think the order of the day should be more flexible. 11am ceremonies are great, especially when there are lots of other activities going on during the day. Moving the wedding breakfast around is always great too – who says it has to be at 4pm! I also love speeches/first dances outdoors.
15. What moment are you most proud of in your profession?
Winning my Best of the Best Matara award of course! Also I’m almost at my 300th wedding which is a huge milestone.
16. If you were to die and come back as person or thing, what would it be?
An acorn. Plant me on a hill please!
17. Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?
I love the concept of mountain/forest weddings. Sadly in the uk we are a little bound by having to marry under a fixed structure that is licenced.
18. What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?
My wife, Danielle. She keeps me sane-ish and makes sure I work when I need to. My legs, arms and eyes are also pretty useful.
19. What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?
If you are a best man, take it easy on the alcohol until after your speech.
20. What is your favourite occupation, apart from your own?
I love to write so I’d have to say that. An author would be a great occupation. I do get to write via my blogposts but something longer would be amazing. I’d also quite like to be a pianist. Perhaps learning the piano would be a good place to start!
Here’s my bloglink: https://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk/blogposts/
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