It’s been five years since I started photographing weddings and I’ve made some good friends along the way. One of these is the wonderfully bearded, Andy Pickard of Peacock Obscura Photography. Every wedding season there’ll be a number of weddings that we shoot together and this was one such wedding.
One of the benefits of having two photographers cover your wedding is that you’re able to see the morning preparations from both viewpoints. On this occasion I spent the morning with Chris, the groom and his groomsmen. A laid back few hours with gentle banter and cups of tea (and a few swigs of whisky for good measure!)
And so to Wayne Manor, aka Wollaton Hall. I hope they put ‘Wayne Manor’ on the invites! Wollaton Hall is a big country house in Nottinghamshire, most famous in recent years for featuring in The Dark Knight Rises. It’s also a pretty grand place to have a wedding, and as the classic wedding car delivered Diane to the front steps of the hall it was like having a glimpse back in time when these cars were first around.
The wedding ceremony took place in a room just off the main hall, at the back of the building, and was one of only a handful of marriages I’ve photographed where the bride had a veil that the groom lifted as she arrived beside him. All very romantic and rather fitting for the surroundings.
Following the ceremony we all made our way down to the Orangery for drinks. A place steeped in memories for me as my grandparents used to bring me here quite often as a kid. In fact, the photo of young me on my ‘About’ page is taken right outside the Orangery. Anyway, I digress.
While the guests were enjoying their champers, we took Diane and Chris up to the “secret room” at the top of Wollaton Hall; a large ballroom only accessible via a tiny and steep spiral staircase. I’d imagine it’s tricky to navigate at the best of times, but when carrying a load of camera gear, or wearing a wedding dress and heels…let’s just say there were a few choice words uttered in that stairwell!
The rest of the day flowed, as wedding days tend to do, towards the evening reception in the main hall, where Chris and Diane danced their first dance and grinned at each other like little kids. At which point I literally rode off into the sunset!