Wedding! Chris and Victoria at Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire.
March 22nd, 2010
You wouldn't believe how desperate I've been to shoot my first wedding of the year.
The fact that it happened to be Chris and Victoria's made that desire even more sweet.
I was so nervous, which isn't anything too different, but when it's been about 3 months since your last wedding, you start to lose touch!
I met up with Chris and Victoria back in September if you remember... (remember when that big ball of fire was in the sky?!)
We met up for a photoshoot which, in case you hadn't noticed, I go on and on about, is thee best way to get to know your photographer.
We had so much fun taking pictures at Ashton Court in Bristol.
As the shoot went on, I really grew to love Chris's "sense of humor"
Chris is clearly a very intelligent man and also very quick witted, which I loved!
Victoria loves him so much, and you can see this by their wedding pictures.
I love how Victoria scrunches her nose up when she laughs at what Chris is saying.
So I hope that;
1) Chris never stops making Victoria laugh,
2) Victoria never stops doing that nose thing.
Onto the wedding!
As I mentioned in the teaser, Victoria got ready at her parents house with her mum Christine, her dad Bob, Bridesmaids Summer and Jennifer along with uber-cute flower girls Molly and Amelia.
The hairdresser and I both agreed that this was one of the calmest pre-wedding houses we've worked at!
A little too calm if anything! (perhaps it was the Barry White that was playing?)
We were made very welcome though. Thank you.
(If anyone knows the full name of the hairdresser, I'll link to her here, thanks.)
Let's see some pictures!
Victoria rocked a pair of Jimmy Choo's.
Apparently, girls like his shoes!
(also, after you've got married in them, Mr Choo will dye them black! There's a pop-fact for you right there!)
Clearly a very popular couple! Wedding Acceptance cards everywhere!
Molly was a little shy but she was good as gold!
Victoria and her mum!
Start 'em young!
And here's Amelia. By the end of the day, Molly and Amelia were best friends.
Victoria is a real trendsetter, but I did encourage her to wear the wedding dress that she had bought, rather than the Ugg-slippers and dressing gown.
Bob was so proud of Christine, his wife.
A special moment as Mum helps daughter with her wedding dress.
And her grandmothers bracelet...
Another special moment. After Christine helps Victoria get ready, Her dad sees her for the first time in a wedding dress. Lovely stuff!
Molly and Amelia FTW
Nothing to say here.
And Jennifer. Great Bridesmaids. Really Great.
And here's Chris and Craig waiting patiently for Victoria. Let me know if you get bored of seeing previous brides and grooms on my blog!
An epicly beautiful Roller with an epic sky.
Here comes the bride!
I always love taking pictures of people using their cameras. I'm not sure if this finger and order of service image stabiliser technique works, but I'll certainly give it a shot at my next wedding.
Such proud parents.
We've got a similar padded ceiling in our Rolls Royce too.
I love the lines in this picture!
As close as possible.
I can't get enough of this picture. It's a style that I don't usually work in, but I was so happy with it.
I'm sure you'll all agree that Victoria looks incredible here.
The boys, keeping it simple.
For a 700 year old building, Samlesbury Hall was looking pretty good, I'm sure you'll agree!
Chester! Another familiar face.
Michael did a grand job of welcoming in the top table.
The same thing was done at Matt and Yvonne's wedding last year; each person or couple sat on the top table were introduced to the guests by means of a 2-or-so minute speech about them, usually pretty cheeky but loads of fun. I'm not sure if other couples have been doing this at their weddings but I highly recommend it.
I always like the master of ceremonys, but this is something a little more personal. Well done Michael!
I really love this shot of Craig with his mum, Chris's Mum and Matt's Dad (I think).
That was nice wasn't it?
Thank you so much Chris and Victoria for asking me to be your photographer.
Without getting soppy, I love this job so much and couples like you (and guests like yours) make it feel like I'm not working at all.
For the photographers reading;
I used almost entirely prime lenses and flash for just 10 of these pictures. I shot on a cropped sensor body.
And remember those business cards? I had 100 printed up.
They all went.
I gave out very few personally, they were just passed from table to table without me even realising it most of the time. Seemed to be a great talking point!
Thank you to Timothy Armes who helped my blog this week.