A wedding photographer’s greatest friend and ally is light; his greatest fear is no light. Fortunately I have shot at the Belle Epoque before so knew exactly what to expect. It is a beautiful location on the main street of Knutsford, with its boudoir style rooms with their bright red walls and gold ornaments, but with low light levels it makes for a fun yet challenging day.
Emily and Martin did not want any preparation photos so this gave me time to arrive at the Belle Epoque with plenty of time to shoot the table settings, flowers and the ceremony room; which then gave me more time to cover the group shots (in the bitter cold!) and the portrait shoot with Emily and Martin after the ceremony.
I was however able to get a few sneaky shots with Martin and his groomsmen outside and Emily with her parents and sisters before the ceremony. All were in good spirits and had great smiles there was no need for me to do any more but to capture these. Within a few minutes we were ready for the ceremony.
Emily and Martin had planned their day well, I usually like to leave the couple alone after the ceremony to be congratulated by their guests for a good 10-15 minutes, but they had wisely ordered some hot mulled wine. After giving them 5 minutes I got the guests outside in the cold November air, armed with their hot drinks for the group photos and the all important confetti shot.
I let the guests go back into the warmth but kept poor ol’ Emily and Martin out for a few quick portrait shots. Making the most of our surroundings I got them back inside so I could re-arrange the room for some off camera flash shots.
I was fortunate to get a second shoot with them after the speeches to make the most of the Bell Epoque and its fantastic rooms and settings. I like to leave the couple alone after the second shoot to enjoy the rest of the day camera free; so I set about getting ready for the first dance. I wanted to capture a back lit shot of the newlyweds as they had their first dance together. I am really pleased with the final image I got; just highlighting their faces as they looked at each other with nothing but love in their eyes.
It was a challenging day but it is those challenges that make being a wedding photographer the most exciting and rewarding vocation; it surely can not be a job doing something you love so much; can it?
I hope you like the photos, please leave any comments you may have.