We do a few church weddings every year and some really stick out. One of them was Jenny and Tim's wedding at Christ Church, Chester.
We felt really welcomed by Revd' Graham Shaw
who led a fantastic service and we were grateful for it all. I was also able to take one of my favourite pictures of the year, simply because it's so intimate, where Rev'd Shaw and Jenny's party are praying before walking into Church. How was I able to shoot such a moment? Simple: I use mirrorless cameras which means they can be 100% SILENT! Another secret behind our documentary wedding photography! :)
Here is Jenny's take on her wedding day. It's a really nice read (and mentions our pre-wedding shoots!)
"On the morning of our wedding I don't remember feeling nervous at all! There was more excitement about the day than nerves. It was such a special feeling knowing that our friends and family, many of whom had made long journeys, were all gathering to support us both at the start of our marriage.
The morning of the wedding flew by. There were lots of logistics to get sorted, getting cars and bridesmaids to the right place at the right time. But it all ran like clockwork. Philippa, of Purple Dahlia, arrived bright and early with the bouquets and buttonholes. I was so excited to see my bouquet and was delighted that she had managed to include my favourite flower, agapanthus!
Tim's start to the day was very relaxed. After a full English breakfast at Chester Court Hotel, he along with his best man and ushers, whiled away the time playing games! Then there was the challenge of cravats and buttonholes which Ioan leant a helping hand with!
The marriage ceremony and church service was one of the most important parts of the day for us both. We loved it. It was exactly how we wanted it to be. Friends playing in the music group, doing readings and saying prayers meant it had that personal touch that we really wanted.
We were blessed with the most amazingly sunny day and were delighted that we were able to have our photographs taken in the beautiful gardens of Nunsmere Hall. The trees in the grounds put on a stunning autumnal show! As a reception venue, Nunsmere Hall, worked perfectly. We had quite a number of children at our wedding and there was plenty of space for everybody. In the evening, the marquee looked pretty, lit up next to the backdrop of Nunsmere Hall. The staff at Nunsmere were brilliant. They worked really hard getting everything set up for us and made sure that everything was just right.
Our overriding memory of the day is of just beaming from start to finish. We both loved every moment of it. It was everything that we wanted our wedding day to be. We're so thankful to all the family and friends who helped with the preparations ... putting up bunting and fairy lights, writing messages on chalkboards, preparing and serving refreshments at church, transporting flower arrangements around and just being willing to do whatever was needed.
We're also hugely appreciative for Ioan
and his skill of taking the most amazing pictures, without anyone realising that he's there! We're not the easiest people to photograph; I always have my eyes closed and Tim prefers to be the other side of the camera s
o, when Ioan produced some fabulous pre-wedding shots of both of us, we knew that we'd chosen the best photographer! The pre-wedding shoot was a perfect way of putting both of us at ease about having our photos taken. Thank you so much to Ioan for capturing some fabulous images of our wedding day, from so many different perspectives! We had a truly amazing day!"
THANK YOU, Jenny! Here is a list of other people that helped make the day special:
Flowers: Purple Dahlia
Wedding dress: Berketex Bride - Chester
The bride's shoes: Rainbow Club, John Lewis
Bridesmaids' dresses: Coast and Monsoon with a dash of Liberty material (Betsy)
Groom's suit: Lingfield, Moss Bros
Rings: Payne & Son, Oxford and Kayes of Chester
Hair: Foye Hair Salon
Church: Christ Church, Chester
Reception Venue: Nunsmere Hall
Music for evening reception: Wildwood Folk (Function Central)