Wedding Details

Wedding Details

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“It’s all in the detail…”

As a Manchester Wedding Photographer, my job is to tell the story of your wedding day. From preparations, to first dance (and often beyond), I try to include as much as I can in my shooting day. A lot of photographers see details shots as a necessary requirement – like family group shots for example. But I see detail shots being as important as the ‘main’ photography, and here’s why. The image above, for example- one of my favourite detail shots ever tells a story of its own. Taken at a Christmas wedding in Manchester City Centre, this image was mid wedding breakfast. Though you can’t see anybody, the image speaks volumes about what’s going on – the style and ‘feel’ of the reception, the intimate lighting and simplicity of the table design, we can almost hear the laughter and conversation of the wedding guests. Taken with a 50mm prime lens, in very low light, this image ‘oozes’ Winter Wedding and I’m very proud to have this in my folio.

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Other detail shots don’t need to paint such an informed story. These red shoes, taken again at a Winter Wedding, were captured in a very simple, graphic way. Modern shoes for the modern bride (and flowergirl!)

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I won’t spend this entire blog waffling on about detail shots, and the story behind them. Some stories are personal, very specific and unique to the bride, groom, or even immediate family members. But I thought I’d tell you about this simple image of a silver locket, taken at Suzy & Ste’s Wedding in Castlefield. Look carefully at the bottom and right edges, and you’ll see it’s been dented slightly over the years.  I asked Suzy why this particular heirloom was important. She told me it had been used by herself, her mum and grandma as a ‘teether’ Wow! Now that’s unique, and personally historical. I have never seen the likes of this before or since…making this particular detail shot very important for the family ‘Memory Box’.

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Other detail shots, when taken in context of them being used – in this case, Amanda reading a hand-written card by her soon-to-be husband is another reason why we do what we do.

We tell your story; emotive, funny, sad, uplifting – whatever the day brings.

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But for most of the day, the detail images are simply mini still-life images; beautiful, hand-crafted or bought in elements to decorate the venue – to tie in with the wedding theme, or simply for a Bride (normally) to stamp their personal touch on the day and its design…or, as documentary photographers, we can simply show how the weather was at the start of the day, compared to the party information at the end, for Claire & Russ’ wedding in York

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From personal, hand made gifts, to handed down heirlooms, sometimes I try to shoot details ‘live’ showing them in situ…

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…or sometimes I have time to tell a mini story about the wedding venue, its location and its character.

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But, whatever the wedding, there is always something fizzy to drink, something seasonal, or simply classic.

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Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that makes the detail images so strong.

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When photographing the bridal preparations is when the most personal of details are seen.

Gifts from husbands or partners-to-be, gifts and heirlooms handed over by close family, detail shots are paramount in being part of the whole story.

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Little in-jokes, family traditions, or just remembering loved ones sadly departed…

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..or full-on bespoke designed weddings full of bling and showbiz, details are everywhere…

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From the personal, to the personally hand-crafted – these hand-made bouquets and button holes made from cut up

copies of ‘Pride & Prejudice’  by Rebecca for her wedding to Phil at Tabley House

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From the stunning colour and splendour of a Hindu wedding, to a calm, relaxed groom at his Lake District wedding…

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…from Best Man duties…

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…to gifts from Dad…

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..and classic ‘old ladies’ working tirelessly in all weathers…

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…to hand made, personalised elements…

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And there we have it. It’s all in the detail.

If you’d like to discuss your wedding photography…in more detail…please get in touch

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Wedding Photographer Manchester // Four Brides

 

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L-R Jacq, Kate, Rachel and Jo

Featured above is one of my favourite wedding images. Taken in Achill, Co Mayo, bride Kate is having a formal image of her, sister-in law Rachel and two best friends Jacqueline and Jo. Taken in Keem Bay in May, this shot with the girls posing in the sea was deliberately set up. Giggling and slightly nervous, they got into position, just as I hoped a wave would spook them. It did! Perfectly, and we nailed the shot. The girls were all great fun and we had a good laugh about it afterwards. 😉 The reason I’m posting this, is the fact, that not only is it one of my personal iconic images, it’s a photograph of four friends – all of whom have, or will become brides with me as their wedding photographer.

It all started with Rachel & Sean, married just outside Dublin at Powerscourt. A truly magical wedding, at a truly lovely location – think Tatton Park in three layered steps…stunning!

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From Rachel & Sean’s Dublin wedding, came the call from Kate & Michael. They were to be married on Achill Island – a lovely, almost ‘Hebridean’ area – very different from Powerscourt and Dublin. Kate & Michael were married in Achill with full-on Irish wedding celebration…till 6am! This included the local Achill Pipe Band marching in as a surprise for the couple just after their first dance! Kate duly grabbed the batton, put down her champagne and marched the band around the dancefloor, the hotel…and out into town….brilliant! Amidst the friendly and organised chaos that is an Irish wedding, we had time for a few formal images, both at church and on the beach at Keem.

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There was also a very good reason we switched to shoot at the beach…the wind wasn’t as strong as it was back up in town…as you can see… 😉

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Again, a very different fun-filled wedding in Ireland…and a 16hr shooting day for me…

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Fast forward a couple of years, and the call came in from Jacqueline, who was marrying Rich in Manchester. The ceremony was at Jacq’s local church in Whitefield, then it was on for another Irish, full-on celebration at The Radisson in Manchester. No formals on this wedding, Jacq & Rich felt that there was no need to interrupt the celebrations, so I had full permission to go and do my thing. Brilliant! So, from Whitefield, we headed to Castlefield for a few portraits, while the guests made their way to the venue. I love shooting weddings in Manchester, and especially Castlefield, where I try to look for something new, or making the available light work for me. Shot live, with little direction from myself, we achieved this image –  another of my all-time favourites. And, taken against a brick wall!

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And so…fast forward again to 2014 and Jo has married David at St Vincent’s Church and The Bowdon Rooms at their Christmas Wedding. A beautifully relaxed wedding day full of atmosphere, emotion…(and plummeting temperatures!), but a brilliant wedding to be part of…thank you! Jo & David just let me ‘do my thing’ with little to no formal images. And their wedding collection reflects a very natural set of images with no cheese!

And there we have it –  FOUR Brides, ONE photographer…. 😉