Jessica and David – 28th July 2012
St. Edburghas Church, Yardley
The Village Hotel, Solihull
It’s not often that I am as involved in a wedding ceremony and preparations as I was for the nuptials of Jessica and David. I was in it up to my knees from the time I arrived. I often thought that besides being her natural wedding photographer, my main function was to calm a very emotional Jessica. On more than one occasion that afternoon, I encouraged the excitable bride to simply breathe.
Jessica had done a wonderful and extensive job of making her special day perfect. The beautiful and carefully placed decorations extended from the couple’s home to the adjacent church and into the street, giving the entire area a look of celebration. Blending well with the bright and sunny afternoon, the festive decorations provided the ideal backdrop for wedding photography.
The music of the ceremony was enhanced by the huge and lovely sound of the pipe organ of the church. Then, as the loving couple signed the certificates of marriage, a friend of the couple accompanied by a solo guitarist filled the church with song. It was a wonderfully unique touch for this special occasion. As the wedding party spilled into the street, showering the newly-weds with rice as tradition denotes, the celebration began with an electric atmosphere.
The sounds of a steel band rang through the streets as the wedding party kicked into gear, affording this Birmingham wedding photographer ample opportunity for wonderful natural shots. The lush greens lining the walk and the puffy white clouds in the bright blue sky complimented the monochromatic bride and groom perfectly; an inspired atmosphere for outdoor natural wedding photography.
Following the street party, the festivities moved on to the Village Hotel in Solihull for a reception themed with not only the emotion but the word “LOVE,” and many other personal touches that I’m sure were hand- picked by the impressively detail-oriented bride. The reception hall filled quickly with the many friends and family members in attendance, and laughter ensued as the atmosphere quickly became one of happiness and joy. The angelic sound of a harp softly floated through the room as the wedding party relaxed and enjoyed the celebration.
West Midlands wedding photographers know that a wedding reception is a plethora of photo subjects, and the number only increases as the party wears on. This one was no exception. As the beautiful summer day became a cool and comfortable evening, the wedding reception continued and the speeches and toasts became a bit…well…interesting.
The party was a wonderful success, the wedding was beautiful, and I was happy to have been a part of it. Thank you, Jessica and David…all the best to you both.
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