Let this Wirral Wedding photographer ask you a question…. Come on, hands up who goes to a wedding, looking all glamorous , pampered and pristine but still, when chatting away does that “ah, there’s the photographer so look the other way!”
Been there, done that, got the t shirt!
The converse happens at an Inspired by Joseph wedding! Meet Rachael and Brian who I had the pleasure of documenting their wedding at Holy Apostles and Martyrs’ Parish Church church in Wallasey, Wirral. Such a lovely couple, I spent the entire day feeling like a guest at the wedding, enjoying the company of their closest nearest and dearest and capturing hundreds of tiny little stories along the way. Now, some might say the photographers job is to document the day but with me, building relations with guests creates something magical.
A beautiful church ceremony
Preparation is key and I always arrive early to prepare. Father Tom made me feel at ease and welcomed me with a great tour of the church and also pointed out some great vantage points that I could take advantage of. It was evident that he had an eye for photography too.
The ceremomy was delightful and utterly personal to the happy couple. I was able to take advantage of all of the places Father Tom had pointed out to me! I like to keep a fair distance in church band appear to look in more than anything.
Five minutes turned to twenty five
More often than not, couples do not like having their photograph taken and don’t know how to ‘pose’. Rachael and Brian were no different and at first I imagined just having five minutes with them before they wanted to return to their guests at The Grove House, Wallasey. Fast forward twenty five minutes and we were still going. Evidently they had so much fun and it was clear to see that they enjoyed spending time just the two of them. Just look….
I want guests to nail the perfect photo too!
When it came to the group photos, I know how important it is for guests to secure their perfect picture so I always set the bride and groom up in position then give the guests free reign. I love a surprising photo of a guest taking a photo, hee hee! Then we always have some fun set ups as life is too short to stand to attention all of the time!
I love to interact with guests
Subsequently one of the highlights of the day was spent with Brian’s family who had come over from Ireland and New York. One of eleven, it was a pleasure to photograph Brian with all of his siblings. In this day and age, I know how difficult it is to bring family in one place at the right time so I wanted all of them to have photos that can sit on their mantelpiece.
Consequently, having spoken to Brian’s parents, I couldn’t resist asking how they managed to bring up eleven children as I can just about manage with two! Love and the strength of bond between them all instantly brought a warmth to me. Laughter and love filled the air and it’s times like this that remind me why I do what I do.
Good job I have a camera to hide behind!
When it came to the speeches, I found I was having to wipe tears away from behind the camera. Demonstrating how proud they were of their children and seeing their smiles was probably the highlight of my day. The speeches were so delightful it took away from the tiredness in my feet, despite the fact I had flat shoes on!! I also had a permanent reminder of my wedding as the colours were identical!
Rachael and Brian, to say I actually felt like a guest rather than a supplier on your special day says tonnes about you as a couple plus your delightful friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to play a part in your special day.