Having shot Alex and Aly’s engagement party back in March, their big day finally arrived at the end of November. So with cameras in hand I was off to the beautiful city of Ely to shoot their wedding on a cold frosty morning that turned into a fantastic clear day.
Alex and Aly had chosen the historic Post House hotel, near Ely Cathedral for their wedding venue, and made good use of the hotel’s facilities including the bar, the Writing room, and Bedroom number 8 with a feature copper bath in the at the foot of the bed.
As always at a wedding I quickly checked out all the different rooms that would be used during the day, and made a point of capturing as many of the little details that Alex and Aly had chosen as part of their celebration as possible. Once those were in the bag, it was off to catch up with the Bride and do a few getting read shots. Aly’s hair and make-up had already been done, so we were able to spend time doing some different art-nouveau poses which showed of Aly’s 1920’s style hair, make-up and dress. My personal favourite still has to be “Bride in the Bath”.
With time ticking on I moved back down to the reception area to take a few more scene setters, before the guests moved into the Writing Room where the service would take place. As a matter of courtesy a quick check with registrar made sure I was standing in the right place and knew their specific rules so that I’d be ready for the off.
Alex and Aly had chosen a simply ceremony, selected their own vows, but because family is so important to them they had arranged for their children to be part of the service, fulfilling the important role of ring bearers, and much to everyone’s delight reading a poem.
After the service we made use of the dusk light and used the conveniently placed Cathedral as an amazing back drop for a few private portraits.
Then it was back to the venue for the formal posed shots. With the light gone and the cold weather it wasn’t practical to shoot the formal groups in the hotel’s grounds so I quickly re-arrange some furniture to create simple shooting area using a couple of the hotel’s large feature arm chairs as improvised thrones, rounding off the group shots with the now classic “Wave like lunatics” shot.
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