Kelvin and Jo chose Blisworth Church for their May Wedding, followed by a reception at Towcester Rugby Club.
I had met the couple much earlier, somewhere at the end of 2016. We discussed their dreams of the day, and what they required from me as their wedding photographer. Every couple, and I do really mean every couple, is so very different in the dreams for their wedding day. Every wedding day is different. It’s why I love a wedding so much. It’s why you can’t be a certain ‘style’ as a wedding photographer, because the Bride and Groom choose your style for the day. You can be more one style than another, don’t get me wrong but the couple call the shots, so to speak. They might require posed and traditional, natural, or candid, alternative images, without any posing what so ever. You have to be able to deliver, or I guess, you can turn down a lot of weddings and just shoot what you want to shoot, that’s just fine, but that’s not for me!
When it comes down to it, every wedding will have images that cross each genre, natural, traditional, posed, reportage, captured in the moment, keeping it real, as in Uncle Joe drinking way too much and falling over on the dance floor.
When you photograph a wedding you carry an awful lot of responsibility on your shoulders. You are documenting the day in picture, framing every moment, ensuring that each important shot is captured, for all time. Capturing memories, for the couple, their guests and for those who may not have been able to attend.
For me, once I’m safely at the venue, then I totally relax. I know my art, I love what I do, and I know the couple and their desires of the day. I always ensure that there will be no surprises, and if there is, that I am fully aware so that I am armed to capture and different that may have been arranged. Be prepared, very much like a Boy Scout. Have back up, know what you’re doing, ensure that all of your equipment is ready and working. There really is nothing like the buzz of a wedding, and the anticipation of the day and how it will unfold.
So here I am, eager, and more back up than a Boy Scout with OCD, ready to shoot the wedding of Kelvin and Jo, who married on 13th May 2017. The weather was actually very warm, and amazingly dry on that day, as it had been raining non stop leading up to the wedding day itself. I’d come prerpared for that too, no wellies but a whole bunch of wedding umbrellas. i was lucky in 2017 that I only actually had one rainy wedding, and even the it was for only part of the day.
So, back to Jo and Kelvin. The couple live just a short walk from the church itself, so Jo decided to walk to church. Jo was led by her Nephew, who was giving her away, and attended by 2 flower girls, who are Nieces to Jo. Kelvin’s Best Man was his eldest Son. A younger Son provided a Church reading.
It was a beautiful service, with the couple and their family at the heart of it. During the service there was a lot of giggling, and that was between the Bride and Groom, with their Sons and Nephew. It was a really relaxed ceremony, the reverand joining in much of the laughter too. The couple took their vows and moved along to their singing of the register. AS always i must retreat as this is a legal document so there must be no photographs of the actual signing itself. Those images are posed with a fake signing after the paperwork itself is in order.
Kelvin led his Bride outside the Church, where all the guests lined up ready to capture the confetti shot, which is always great fun, and everybody loves it!
The guests, along with the Bridge and Groom clambered aboard a 52 seater bus to take them to a reception at Towcester Rugby Club. The couple had chosen a Vintage Theme, with bunting, hay bales and lanterns, all set up externally to enjoy after the wedding breakfast had been consumed. The one thing I noticed throughout the day was a large sense of fun, and a firm closeness between the families.
The Best Man delivered a rapturous speech for his Father, causing many to collapse in fits of laughter. A live band played for the first dance. Jo and Kelvin were joined on the dance floor, with many of the guests were wearing masks with the couples faces on them. There was a great atmosphere on the dance floor all evening, which kept most of the guests up dancing all evening!
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