It was fantastic to get the initial enquiry for Trudy and Brian’s Manchester Wedding, they had seen my coverage of Jenny and Paul’s Didsbury Wedding from last year and loved what they saw.
Our initial meeting was a very special one for me as Trudy and Brian had not yet booked a date, they were going to work around the dates I was free to be able to photograph the Wedding, this was a first for me and I have to say very, very flattering that my images were seen to be so important to the Bride and Groom that it dictated the actual date of the wedding.
So – we met up and viewed the venue, Novotel West in Manchester, met Tina the wedding co-ordinator and the deal was done, the venue was booked while I was present – as a photographer that is really quite a moving experience, next we went through my contracts and got everything signed off and, well we all smiled and said our goodbyes.
Trudy and Brian were keen to come up to the Lake Distict for their Pre-Wedding shoot and made a weekend of it, staying at Lyndhurst, a guest house run by a friend of mine MrsB, affectionally known as The Kitchen Witch. Our couple had a great day on the Saturday, taking in the sights and sounds of Kendal and spending some valuable time alone, well apart from me rocking up for a pint with them !
On the run up to the Wedding Day Trudy and Brian chose the images from the Pre-Wedding shoot so that I could get the signature mount made, a signature mount is always included in the wedding package from Ian Wood Potography and is a valuable addition to all weddings, especially when it gets framed and hung on the couples wall, a lasting reminder of the guests that attended the Wedding.
Wedding morning came and I made the short hop down to Manchester, ariving in good time to have a coffee and meet the hair and make-up artists, also to start photographing the Wedding details, arriving early allows me to have plenty of time to be creative, nothing is rushed, when I am booked for a Wedding I am booked for the full day.
Trudy had said that would be a bit of a twist, she wasn’t wrong – a crimson gown, gorgeous and the crimson set the theme for the detail of the Wedding, very different and very lovely, another little secret that the couple let me in on was that Trudy had fallen pregnant, very few people knew this and it has only just now been announced – I wish you all the best for the arrival of a little one, what a great wedding gift.
It was a little damp underfoot at the hotel so we ducked under the trees for some portraits of the guests and Bride and Groom before they sat down for dinner, as always we did have a good laugh and although some photographers say they won’t do formal photographs, I tend to insist on at least a few, after all these provide a record for generations to come of who was at the Wedding, they don’t have to take ages to do and we always have good fun !
Lots of dancing and merriment followed and the Bride and Groom danced the night away, I said my goodbyes and made my way back up the motorway, tired but happy – a great day had by all !
Trudy and Brian have now seen their on-line gallery and they are preparing to jet off to warmer climes for their honeymoon, meanwhile I will set about designing their Queensberry of New Zealand wedding album – its going to be a cracker, if you were a guest at the wedding or are a friend of the couple please contact them for the password.
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