Earlier this summer I was asked to second shoot at a wedding at the fabulous Kilworth House. Second shooting gives me the freedom to shoot the non traditional things that happen at weddings, that, when being the primary photographer you have to capture ie the first kiss, the cake cutting, the car shot ( I still dont understand the importance of the car shot ! ) Anyway, I digress. On this occasion we had a quick look round Kilworth House and then back to the hotel where the bride and groom were getting ready. Amid all the madness and high spirits, I was asked to make sure that I got ” some nice shots of my grandmother – she’s 100 !! ” I have never photographed anyone this age before and she was the most spritely on the ball grandmother I have met. I listened to the conversation that she was having with Vicky about her own wedding day. It couldnt have been more different.Weddings today have become a huge business, which admitedly I am part of as a wedding photographer. Its a huge occasion and one which is remembered by so many people as the one of the most significant days of their lives. Back then, just after the end of the second world war, things were much simpler. Just the two of them, the registrar, and a couple of witnesses grabbed from the street in Chester, and then off to The Grosvenor for a meal. And back home by tea time !! What this taught me though is that simply by listening as well as looking at what is going on around you is just as important to create images that will last a lifetime.
Here are some images of a remarkable lady. I can only imagine what she thought of todays wedding and how things had changed.
Kilworth Hose wedding photography ⓒ paul atherton photography 2014