I love a good wedding. And this one was brilliant. It was a lovely sunny (and occasionally rainy) Saturday in early September when Harriet and Simon were married in front of their friends and family at St. Peter’s Church in Newton-le-Willows followed by beautiful marque reception in Croft.
I’d photographed Harriet and her horses in my very first season as a portrait and wedding photographer so it was a pleasure to be able to photograph her marriage to Simon. Their families and friends were lovely and great fun to work with and really friendly too. This always helps us to get more interesting photographs as we feel part of the day rather than just suppliers. Ok, we are suppliers, but it’s a long day and we all spend a lot of time together.
With so many people, bridal and groom prep photos, beautiful locations and loads of detail to capture, I photographed this wedding with Christa Chadwick, who shoots alongside me at a lot of my weddings.
I hear so many photographers complain that the vicar wouldn’t let them photograph what they wanted to. Understandably most vicars have strict rules about distractions in Church during what is a solemn ceremony. If I’m photographing a religious ceremony for any faith I always meet the celebrant a few weeks before the wedding. I want to ask permission to take photographs during the ceremony. I want to understand their concerns and their rules for photography so we can work out the best way to get the photographs that clients want without compromising the solemnity of the ceremony. Doing this takes extra time but it’s worth the investment.
I can’t resist the opportunity to mention my friend Angle Connelly’s Lovely Bridal Shop, Puure Bride on Eagle Brow in Lymm. Harriet and her bridesmaids all had their dresses from Angie.
Here’s a small selection of photographs from the day.