One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is to have the privilege to be a small part of one of the most significant days in the lives of two people. With that comes an enormous amount of responsibility to record and document what happens on that day. For the Alderley Edge wedding of Helen and Paul this meant from start to finish – to the very end of the evening celebrations. So, prepared for a full days shooting (12 hours) and armed with plenty of memory cards, off I went.
As usual when I document a wedding I started off at their house with some shots of Helen getting ready along with her bridesmaids and their young daughter. As they werent far from the church I was able to do some preparation shots and then nip over to the church where Paul and his ushers were meeting. I would normally shoot some images when I had done all the bridal preparations but as Helen had told me that she had bought Paul a rather nice Rolex that he had wanted for years, it was going to make good pictures. So, after I had caught his surprise and delight it was back to the house just in time to catch Helens dad arriving and then witness something I had never seen – a father of the bride helping to put on his daughters shoes.
Back to the church and Helens arrival – complete with tears as she got to the front of the church ! Its always a bonus when you get to work with an understanding vicar who let me do pretty much what I wanted during the ceremony.
Following the emotional greetings after the wedding it was back to the Alderley Edge Hotel. This is a great hotel in the heart of the village and a perfect setting for an Alderley Edge wedding. Because Helen and Paul wanted natural and candid images of their day it gave me the opportunity to really try to produce some more creative images. I also learned that both Helen and her dad were big Barry Manilow fans – hence the masks and maracas in the dancing !
The evening finished with some pretty wild dancing and a few rounds of slammers at the bar – great for pictures – and that Manilow tribute.
Enjoy the images. It was a pleasure to be a small part of Helen and Pauls day.
Alderley Edge wedding ⓒ Paul Atherton Photography 2013