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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CHESTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER – NICOLA & MATT

CHESTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER – NICOLA & MATT

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 Nicola & Matt are getting married next month and have asked me to be their Chester Wedding Photographer. Their wedding promises to be a brilliant, fun-filled day, if any of these E-Shoot images are to go by! It will be a welcome return visit to Oakfield Manor at Chester Zoo too for this winter wedding. So, last weekend, we met in Chester for our 45 min session, taking in a few sights (and a quick coffee) before we shot this folio of pre-wedding images. I love Chester and it’s atmosphere; very much like York (well, it would be – obviously, being a Roman town I hear you say!), but the charm, the architecture and the general ‘vibe’ of the place is just fantastic. Even on a wet, cold January morning… 😉

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We met up bright and (not so) early, but headed straight for a coffee and a chat about the wedding day schedule, the logistics of what was to happen where and when on the timeline etc, and generally plan the whole day between myself and the wedding co-ordinator. Then we headed off, to shoot ‘live’ time as I always try to….meaning that the session takes approximately the same length of time as it would on the actual wedding day. Ours was extended slightly, since we went ‘walkabout’, dodging the rain showers and numerous tourists on guided walks…

chester_wedding_photographer_04chester_wedding_photographer_05chester_wedding_photographer_06It was good being back in Chester – I haven’t been since last July for Jenny & Darren’s wedding at The Abode….where some of the formal images were taken here, next to the river too… 😉 Nicola & Matt are typical of my wedding clients – naturally camera-shy, not wanting me to fuss about all day, so they can just enjoy their celebrations without my intrusion. Perfect, how wedding photography should be. 😉 E-Shoots by their very nature ‘break the ice’ and allow couples to get used to being photographed, plus I get to see how they react to certain environments, so I’m prepared when it comes to photographing their formals next month….it’s just all good fun, really…and you can tell by their faces. These images had very little direction from me – my standard line is that I ‘just point the things’…and it was true for Nicola & Matt. A relaxed, fun and natural shoot with no fuss from me….

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If you’d like to see more of my extensive wedding portfolio, why not get in touch?

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