Catherine and Stephen’s sunny Newark Wedding

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Newark Town and District Club Wedding: Catherine and Stephen

Among the best things about being a wedding photographer are the relationships you build along the way. For the couple, it’s obviously a very personal day and I certainly find that the ‘human’ side of the day is one of the great joys of the job. It’s always slightly strange when these relatively intense working relationships fade after the big day itself, so I was really pleased when I received the following email:

“Hi Andrew, I really hope that you are available on the date of our wedding. You did the photography for my sisters wedding a few years ago (Dawn and Simon – 2 pictures are still on your website!) and we loved the photos. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Catherine” 

It’s always great to hear that work from previous years has been well received and enjoyed, and I had lovely memories of Dawn and Simon’s wedding and of working with the rest of Catherine’s family. So I was really happy that after a quick chat, Catherine and Stephen agreed to go ahead and book me up.

On the day itself, I started work by photographing Catherine and her bridesmaids getting ready at her parents house…

It was lovely to see them all again and there was a surprise for me when her sister Dawn (whose wedding I had photographed before) turned up with a young son in his pram and another little one on the way! While the rest of the family busied around, Catherine seemed remarkably calm, even serene…

I’m not sure, but I found myself wondering whether seeing her sister go through this process a few years ago helped settle her pre-wedding nerves.

At the church, Stephen and his ushers were doing a great job of organising the guests. As he welcomed friends and family, his near permanent smile told its own story.

As a father of three, I always love to see and photograph kids at weddings and Catherine and Stephen had a particularly photogenic bridesmaid and page boy…

Catherine looked stunning when she arrived and her Dad was on hand when a slight breeze caught her veil…

As her bridesmaids reached the front of the church (I always think it’s a great idea for the bridesmaids to enter first to create maximum impact for the groom and guests), I caught a glimpse of Catherine composing herself before her big entrance…

As they walked up the aisle, Dad and daughter were clearly relishing the moment…

I then moved to the back of the church – the way it was laid out meant that the back was the only place I could work and remain unobtrusive. As a wedding photographer you often have  to balance the need to get the best images you can with (for me at least) a desire to have as little impact on the day as possible. When it comes to the ceremony I’m always particularly sensitive – while I will look for different vantage points, if it means I’ll become a major part of the scene I tend to opt to hang back and this is what I did here. Luckily the view from the back was really quite stunning…

…and when the couple turned towards each other for the actual ring ceremony I was still able to get some intimate images…

As the couple walked up the aisle, this traditional moment looked almost timeless, the array of smartphones and digital cameras held out the only give away that this was a 21st Century wedding…

Then, after many hugs and a whole lot of confetti…

…it was off to the reception at the Newark Town and District club. This was my first time to this Nottinghamshire wedding venue and it worked perfectly for Catherine and Stephen. For the meal, the couple decided to keep things intimate with a small group of close relatives and friends joining them for food and speeches. Then in the evening, the party really started as more guests joined them to celebrate this special day – you’ll see some images from the reception in the gallery I’ve created at the end of the post.

All that remains is for me to congratulate Catherine and Stephen on such a wonderful wedding. It was lovely to see Catherine’s family again and I wish them all good luck for the future.

Below, I’ve posted a a gallery with a small selection of  images from the day. Just click on a thumbnail to get to a large preview file. You can then cycle through these using the arrow keys on your keyboard. If you enjoy the images or have thoughts on the photography or the day itself that you’d like to share, please feel free to add a comment to this blog. I’d love to hear from you and will reply to any questions as soon as I can..

 

 Want to Know More? If you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer in Newark or elsewhere in Nottinghamshire, please feel free to contact me via email or call me on 07870 135 986 and I’d be very happy to provide you with full details about my approach and packages.

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