To Becky & Paul – I hope you are having a great time backpacking around South America! If you find yourselves at an Internet Cafe, here is the link to your online gallery (for guests and family too!): Becky & Paul’s Gallery. You have to register first to use the site – all you need is an email address and a password, which you choose. Once you’ve done this, the password for the gallery is the couple’s SURNAME in lower case 🙂 e.g. smith
The Build Up
Getting asked to do Becky and Paul’s wedding one of the more unusual I’ve had, and I suppose couldn’t have happened in pre-internet days. Despite the SEO on my main site being fairly awful, and Becky and Paul living in Australia, they did manage to find me and quite quickly became interested in what I could offer. I even managed to avoid mentioning the hammering England gave Australia in this year’s Ashes 🙂 Anyway, after speaking to Becky, poor sister Lil got despatched from Birmingham up to the Village Hotel in Bury on a wild and rainy Sunday to check out me and my albums. It was pretty much the worst wedding fayre I’ve ever done, with about 13 other photographers there and hardly any other exhibitors!! But I somehow got the job! I didn’t get to meet Becky and Paul for the first time until a few weeks before the wedding, when they’d arrived in England and had come up to the North West to see Rowton Hall and to talk though the plans for their big day. The day we met was really great weather and so I dreaded getting to the wedding day as normally that’s bad luck….but not this time!
The Wedding Day & Photos
Becky & Paul actually got really lucky on their wedding day. The day before it had rained torrentially, and the forecast hadn’t been that great all week, but on Saturday 9th July the sun came out and stayed out all day! Everyone was able to stay outside as long as they wanted, and it seemed to my eyes (or camera) that everyone had a fabulous time.
As usual, I started off with the bridal preparations, and it was great to work in a hotel room as nice as the ones at Rowton – 4 poster bed, nice decor, great! The first photos below show the beautiful bride’s dress (from Singular Sensation) and Becky just moments after the dress was laced up.
After the Bride was ready, everyone made their way outside to the bridal cars (supplied by Country Wedding Cars and Panachecars St Martins) and it was off through the Saturday Chester Race traffic and roadworks to the church (slightly late!).
I quickly managed to get some shots of Paul awaiting his bride’s arrival, and then nipped back outside to catch Becky and her Dad in the bridal car and then entering the church. After that, the ceremony went past in a bit of a blur, as it always does for me when I’m concentrating on getting great shots in fairly gloomy light! I think I succeeded as I hope the church photos below show.
Once outside, the sun was shining, which I how I like it. A lot of photographers apparently like it overcast but not me; I love to see colours “pop” and the contrast of bright light and shade. Everything look better, imho… Anyhow, after the confetti was thrown we had a few more photographs and then it was off to Rowton Hall.
I worked at Rowton a few years ago, when I shot the wedding of Cathy, a former work colleague in HM Land Registry. I’d also been once as a wedding guest, so I knew the venue well, and was really looking forward to working there as it’s such a scenic place. The grounds are lovely and the hotel has great decor for photographs.
When we arrived at Rowton I took some photos with Country Wedding Cars’ fabulous 1930’s style Beauford tourer. I have a soft spot for this car as Beverley and I had the same type when we married seven years ago! The photo below, in black and white and colour, is a homage to one that was taken at my own wedding. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? 😉 I generally don’t convert many photos this way; it’s seen by most photographers now as dated, or at least as something that might date. But I’m ok with it, if it looks good, and I like it on this this photo! (Let me know what you think in the comment box below..)
The rest of the day went as weddings tend to when the weather is good – group photos, photos of the bride and groom, details of the wedding breakfast room and tables, speeches, and finally dancing (last photo). Paul and Becky had clearly had some dancing lessons and put people like Beverley and me to shame (yes, we shuffled for 3 minutes) with a great routine.. Congrats to you both on a fabulous wedding. I hope you have great memories from my photographs.
Alex, Fairfield Photographic, 11/08/2011
Photography – Fairfield Photographic
Dress – Singular Sensation
Suits – Formal Affair
Flowers – Blackcat Floral
Band – The In Laws