On The 7th Wedding Photographer

Katie & Paul got married at this fantastic wedding venue in Media City

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Unique Manchester Wedding Venue

Occasionally I get to be an On The 7th Wedding Photographer. On The 7th Private Members Club is one of my favourite wedding venues to work at. Weddings at On The 7th are always great fun. The venue is situated in the heart of Media City, flanked by the BBC, and just over the water from ITV and ‘Corrie’. Sarah, Matty and the rest of the staff run the weddings with clockwork precision, and always with a smile.I get to be an On The 7th wedding photographer a few times every year, and each wedding brings a different element to the photography. Whether it is Summer or Winter, the venue and my clients create a unique experience as an On The 7th wedding photographer. Katie & Paul’s wedding was no different. Theirs was to a be a brilliant day, full of fun and emotion, and as clients they were just brilliant to work with. They never stopped smiling all day!

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Wedding day preparations

I joined Katie and her girls at The Holiday Inn, right behind On The 7th. It had been a good year or so since we’d last met up in Lancashire, and Katie looked like she was gong to constantly burst with excitement. With her mum and three bridesmaids, plus little daughter Poppy as a flowergirl, the hotel suite was bustling. Dad made a quick appearance but thought against staying too long! It was brilliant to have some space and light, and not be cramped in a dingy yellow-walled hotel room with just the one light bulb 😉 I had time enough to pop over and catch up with Paul, who was busy tasting a gin-based present from Katie. Well, it’d be rude not too.

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Manchester Wedding Video

It was a pleasure (always is) to work alongside the talented Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter Films. Charlene is brilliant at what she does, and is like my little (media) sister. She works in a similar way to myself too, which really helps us capture the wedding day with no fuss. Nope, not from us.

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Manchester Wedding Ceremony

I wandered round to the Holiday Inn to catch Katie and the girls walking round to the venue. I had time to stop for a quick chat with football legend John Hartson, who had just been on Football Focus. As the ceremony time approached, Katie and the wedding party walked around the corner from the Holiday Inn. Being an On The 7th Wedding Photographer, I love this part of the day. Five minutes to walk and photograph the bride and bridesmaids live, plus a couple of posed shots thrown in to steady the nerves a little….theirs, not mine…;-) Paul was patiently waiting inside for the bridesmaids to make their way down the aisle, one by one. It was Poppy though who stole the show. She ran to the end of the aisle and stopped…for quite a while…just taking it all in….before running back to daddy for a good luck hug.

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Colour Wedding Photos

These days I much prefer colour to mono, though I do still provide a good mix of the two in a wedding collection. I simply love working in atmospheric mixed lighting, with the challenges thrown up. My clients have often said the same – they tend to prefer my colour images to mono; they have a film-like quality to them, be they inside or out. I’m looking forward to the November and December weddings then! After the speeches we went out again for a few minutes. Got photobombed, got blown around, but got the shots….including that silhouette.

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Wedding Speeches

Wedding speeches are always great to photograph. Not knowing the content, I’m always on the look out for reactions and emotion. As an On The 7th Wedding Photographer, I love photographing the speeches in The Pantry here. Lots of strong directional light in Summer. Candlelight in the winter. See Rachel & Chris’ December wedding to see what I mean. The speeches at Katie & Paul’s wedding were both funny and emotional. A proper rollercoaster ride you might say. Sometimes it’s difficult not to be pulled in, but I have to remind myself constantly that I am not a guest, so I can get the images. After the speeches, we had time for a quick walk arond Media City. Katie and Paul wanted a silhouette shot of some kind. OK then…

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