30 James Street Wedding Photographer
The Wedding of Laura & James at 30 James Street in Liverpool
Laura & James were married at ‘The Titanic Hotel’ in Liverpool recently. Based opposite The Pier Head, 30 James Street Hotel was the original White Star office for the Titanic – here’s a quote from the hotel’s website:
” The Grade II* listed building was built for the Ismay, Imrie and Company shipping company, which later became known as the White Star Line. Following the death of founder Thomas Ismay, his son, J Bruce Ismay, became chairman and managing director of the company, and created some of White Star Line’s most famous ships, including RMS Titanic, whose port of registry was the White Star Line headquarters, which now serves as 30 James Street, a Titanic-themed hotel.”
The Titanic, it’s history and subsequent discovery are one of my guilty pleasures – I have a few books on the subject, here at MCP HQ – so it was a ‘no-brainer’ to accept the invitation to photograph Laura & James’ wedding day at such an iconic building. I love working in Liverpool too – the sheer scale of some of the buildings in and around Pier Head…plus THAT wonderful Town Hall. So, here is my maiden voyage as a 30 James Street Wedding Photographer.
I caught up with Laura and the girls at 30 James Street as the rain was falling, and the weather looking ominously dreadful for the day – but anybody who is / has been in a band uses the saying ‘Bad sound check, great gig’. I use this as my philosophy too. Yep, I did five years in bands to earn that right 😉 I am alwyas optimistic that the wetaher will break, even if only time to shoot a few bride and groom portraits and family group shots. Today was no exception, and through the rain spattered windows, I assured the girls that ‘the gig would be good’…gulp.
And, as if by magic, the rain disappeared and the sun came out, an hour before the ceremony over at St Sebastian’s in Kensington.
Laura arrived bang on time and gave me one of my favourite images of the day….here she is having just emerged from the Rolls Royce with her ‘pit crew’ attending to her, quietly and as if second nature. You’ll notice Stuart peeping into shot top left, quietly doing his thing too; a great videographer to work alongside, and one as geeky as me when it comes to talking cameras, technical and all things post production. Brilliant to work with and great company too!
(Pssst! I loved the wonky Silver Lady on the Rolls… )
From church, we were off to The Pier Head for a few Bride & Groom portraits. I travelled with Laura & James to save time and be more ‘live’ with the photography…even down to capturing their wedding day ‘selfie’ which appeared on Facebook later that day…and no, they didn’t spot me taking it.
With our twenty or so minutes up, we were off to 30 James Street to catch up with guests in The Carpathia Restaurant…
As the guests were called to dinner, I managed a few minutes with the newlyweds for a few more portraits…well, it’d be rude not to!
With a two pronged ‘attack’ by James’ Best Men, which was hilarious…and pretty embarrasing for poor James at times, the wedding breakfast and speeches were duly finished.
Laura & James invited Stuart and I up to their suite…just to see was believing! Incredible! We grabbed a couple of images before the evening celebrations began, and Laiura & james hit the dnace floor. Now…we were in Liverpool, with a Liverpool couple, at a wedding venue in the heart of Liverpool’s Pier Head. Their first dance song was an Oasis track…a brilliant choice too…but all bets were now off 😉
I left the party in full swing, and headed home. I’d had a brilliant day shooting not only a great couple, but a fantastic location too.
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