My first wedding of 2018 was on Saturday and what a lovely start to what will be I’m sure, another amazing year of weddings! Giles and Claire wished for more of my documentary approach for their wedding day which I was happy to accommodate especially as I love the natural shots of people.
I headed to the church which was down the road from my home in Shevington approximately 40 minutes before proceedings began. Giles was there to welcome me along with his Best man who was giving out the order of service to guests. I quickly set up my camera to begin documenting the occasion. With Claire arriving not long after I arrived I managed to get what I could of guests chatting and smiling away before taking my place at the front of the aisle. Claire’s Brother was to give her away and they walked up together whilst Giles waited eagerly for his Bride.
The ceremony ran very smoothly and included two lovely readings before and after the exchange of rings. Once the official signing of the register was complete and photos had been taken I made my way to the entrance of the Church for the new Mr & Mrs Cobbett to make their way up the aisle together as Husband and Wife. I didn’t stick around as they weren’t having any photos at the church and it was slightly raining.
I arrived at Haigh Hall which was to be the setting for their reception celebrations. I had about 10 minutes spare so I took some photos of the newly renovated reception/entry hall and worked out where I was going to photograph the formal groups.
Giles and Claire arrived along with a convoy of cars which was pretty cool and as they exited their wedding car they were greeted by one of the staff with champagne. The party was to take place upstairs so everyone relaxed and mingled up near the bar area and surrounding rooms. Only 5 formal group shots were requested so getting the smaller ones out of the way I built up to the larger 80 guest sized group which took place on the grand and iconic staircase of Haigh hall.
I documented the whole event after this up until the point where everybody was invited to take their seats ready for the speeches and wedding breakfast. I said my goodbyes and with one or two more photos captured I was soon making my way home leaving the party to get into full flow.
I hope the newly weds had a memorable time along with their wonderful family and friends and I look forward to sending through their wedding photographs.
Until then please enjoy a few sneak peeks 🙂