Chester Wedding Photographer

Julie & Chris’ wedding photos from Chester Town Hall & The Joseph Benjamin Restaurant

Chris“I’ve seen a lot of good wedding photographs and even done a couple, but the collection you have given us is exemplary……and……I don’t sob at much but……. You’re a git and I hate every bone in your over-talented body;-) !”

Julie“I have just sobbed all the way through your slideshow it was perfect and captured the day, us, and was everything we had hoped for. Thank you for doing us proud”

Julie & Chris were married at Chester Town Hall recently, with a fantastic, intimate family reception at The Joseph Benjamin restaurant. Chris contacted me to photograph his and Julie’s wedding since he really liked my natural style and approach to photographing weddings. A keen (and very good) photographer himself, Chris asked me to be their Chester Wedding Photographer, and to capture their special day how I saw fit. I love it when clients say that! I opted to photograph the day entirely on prime lenses, bar ten minutes on a 24-70mm zoom (to save time in the rain!) – and to give the collection a proper reportage / documentary / filmic feel. No pressure then…. 😉

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I caught up with Julie and her daughter Jess at the Ba Ba Guest House on the Hoole Road. I had around thirty minutes before having to leave for the registry office at the Town Hall. The girls had been to the hairdressers and were running slightly late….“Sorry Mick!” they smiled as they rushed in to get ready…

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It was a wet day in Chester. Non stop drizzle threatened to ruin – no add atmosphere to my being a Chester Wedding Photographer for the day. We’re not scared of a drop of water…

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Chris was in great form as the guests started to arrive – all 30+ of them. This was going to be brilliant. Still armed with a couple of Nikons and a 24mm and 50mm combination, I duly ‘did my thing’, keeping an eye on the clock for a slightly nervous Julie’s taxi…due around 11am.

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Julie and Jess emerged from the cab, having dropped off their things at The Chester Grosvenor Hotel. The nerves were showing a little so I dug out my best joke book, 😉

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As I took up station in The Committe Room, The Sex Pistols were playing on the ipod in the corner. Apparently I’d missed some classic punk and New Wave tunes whilst photographing the girls!

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To a thumping Michael Jackson track, the girls bounced into the room….literally! They danced their way to the front, taking us all by surprise…especially the registrars…

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With an emotional ceremony finished, it was time to start the party….

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With a handful of rather relaxed group shots in the bag, the guests walked the 200m or so to the resturant, leaving us behind to spend a few minutes shooting live Bride & Groom portraits in the street. I’ve been a Chester Wedding Photographer a few times before, but nothing like this. This was simply brilliant fun and a joy to photograph…breaking the rules were we could…

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…and yes, it was still raining slightly!

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Once inside the restaurant, it was time for drinks and catching up. I even got a cup of tea….well, it’d be rude not to!

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With some heartfelt speeches, the atmosphere was buzzing inside the restaurant. There really was something very special about this wedding…

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…and still it rained 😉

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With the impromptu cake cutting over, the guests dissipated to the Grosvenor for drinks and a chilled out evening. My time was up, but I thought I’d finish the shoot with a couple of posed Bride & Groom portraits. Well, it was raining outside… 😉

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If you’d like to see more of my being a Chester Wedding Photographer, please get in touch for a chat over a coffee…

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