July 1st was Canada Day – and a special one at that. The country is now 150 years old so it was a bit of a milestone for the mother land.
I was very happy to spend the day photographing the wedding of Cathy and Neil. I feel so privileged every time I am invited to be a part of the most special of days in two people’s lives in such a unique way.
I met Cathy to discuss their wedding photography a very long time ago now and at the time I didn’t have much of a wedding portfolio to show her… We talked about the type of shots she liked, the venues, the timings of the day and we had a look at some of the pictures I was able to show her. Thankfully she trusted in me enough and I met with both Neil and Cathy a couple of times as their wedding day approached. They are such a warm and friendly couple.
On the wedding morning, I arrived with Cathy for some prep shots about the same time Denis arrived with Neil. The buzz in the house increased as the morning progressed with the progressive arrival of family and friends. The weather was warm, sunny and dry and Cathy’s grandson, Casper, kept everyone amused with his honesty, laughter and recorder playing.
Emotions started to bubble over in the house once Cathy was dressed and everyone saw how amazing she looked. I got myself to Wallasey Town Hall (https://www.wirral.gov.uk/about-council/contact-us/council-offices/wallasey-town-hall) to give me some time to get sorted ahead of the ceremony and found Denis with the groom and his two best men (his son’s Chris and Conner) and groomsman (Cathy’s son Ste). A few of the guests were starting to arrive by then as well. We got a few candid and group shots outside the hall and then Neil and the others disappeared inside before Cathy turned up in the VW Beetle with her brother, Dave, at her side.
I do love Wallasey Town Hall. It is such a grand venue with a fabulous central staircase and views of the river at the back of the building. Cathy’s dress looked amazing as she walked up the staircase. I really liked how the ceremony room was set up with formal chairs in the middle and couches around the edges – it felt really chilled but with still a bit of formality befitting the occasion. My favourite part of the ceremony was when Casper had to help out with the exchange of rings. Ahhhh… The bride’s Mum, Dot’s poem about the couple also had everyone in a mixture of laughter and tears as it was read out.
After the ceremony, we all headed outside to the back of the hall for some group shots and time in the sun by the river. Denis and I had a little time with the bride and groom after the other guests had gone before we moved rivers from the Mersey to the River Dee and the reception at Sheldrakes restaurant (http://sheldrakesrestaurant.co.uk). By the time the wedding breakfast rolled around, Denis and I were ready for a sit down and a bit of a reconnaissance of where we were up to with the group shots and a quick flip at the back of our cameras to see how the story was unfolding there.
After dinner, the fabulous, fruity cake got cut followed by some speeches. Cathy’s brother Dave kicked things off, followed by Neil. Then a video prepared by Chris and the speeches finished with addresses from Conner and Laura. Laura had a little help from Casper though which gave us all a chance to see what a happy and loved little boy he is if we hadn’t figured that out already… There was time for a few more Candid shots before the evening entertainment started. Cathy’s daughter, Laura was a guest singer in the band.
I was really hoping for a sunset shot from the balcony at Sheldrakes but as the evening advanced the clouds came in and the mist came down and I realised it wasn’t going to happen…. But we got some great shots along the way so hopefully the lack of an amazing sunset shot wasn’t too disappointing for Cathy and Neil.
A very big congratulations to Cathy and Neil. I hope they enjoy getting used to that kind of surreal but wonderful feeling of calling each other husband and wife.
I’ll leave you now with a few highlights from the day…