All weddings are different. Some more than others.
I had the pleasure of photographing Adam and Faye's wedding in central Bristol earlier this year. I think it is safe to say they didn't do it 'by the book'.
The Ceremony was on Bristol Harbourside.... at the Watershed.... in a cinema.... with Pixar shorts.... and popcorn. It was A-MAZ-ING.
While the wedding guests were enjoying some animated hilarity Adam and Faye slipped into the screen and took their reserved seats at the front. After two or three short films the lights came up and the Ceremony was underway. Several lovely readings, self-written vows and tears later Adam and Faye were Bristol's newest Mr and Ms. Before moving onto the drinks reception I got everyone to sit back down for a beautiful shot of the whole wedding party in their cinema seats.
There was a little bit of time between the Ceremony ending and the arrival of the evening guests so we took to the streets of Bristol to get some cool photos. Faye and Adam kept smiles on their faces as we braved the baltic winds on Bristol Harbourside, dodged cyclists at College Green and tackled cobbles, steps, traffic and alleyways to reach some awesome urban settings.
The Lanes was an inspired choice for a wedding reception. Here Adam and Faye threw away (no pun intended....) the social norm of a first dance and replaced it with a 'first bowl' as husband and wife. The Lanes, which I hadn't previously considered as a wedding venue, was incredible. Both the adults and kids were very quick to get involved with the bowling, pool and karaoke.
One extra thing that I thought made this venue excellent for a wedding was the stage. Obviously, this is great for the entertainment, but for speeches it was sublime. With the spotlights, mic and quick-fire jokes and funny anecdotes, it was reminiscent of a comedy club.
It's safe to say that this is the first wedding that I have shot like this, but I really hope it isn't the last.
Adam. Faye. I wish you all the best for the future.
SAMMY MACADOOEE! (You had to be there.)