Being asked to photograph anyone’s wedding is always a humbling experience for me. To have them place that amount of trust in you. Trust that you will without any doubt capture those special moments of their big day.
Photographing Bram and Elyne’s wedding was one of those occasions. Recommended by a colleague of Bram’s there was no time for a consolation or even to meet the lovely couple. No time to arrange a shot list. Just a time, date and venue. The only brief (received an hour before the ceremony) was to capture the atmosphere of the Town Hall, the wedding and season.
This was a less traditional wedding. You see, Bram and Elyne are from Belgium. But they have lived and worked over here for a number of years. During this time, they have made friends and forged relationships. All of which were important to them, so when they announced they were getting married, they added that they would be having a civil wedding in Manchester for family and close friends. This would be followed by a big wedding back home in Belgium.
Maybe it was personality or maybe it was because they were doing it twice, but there was no big dress or bridesmaids, no matching suits for the groom and groomsmen.
But you know what? I didn't matter one bit. Elyne looked lovely. Bram was smart with his bow tie. All little pointers to their persona. The family was lovely as were the friends. The only decided hard part was that most of them spoke Belgium so I needed a translator for some of the photographs.
Manchester Town Hall is a simply stunning wedding venue. And getting to photograph this lovely couple, so clearly in love, on their special day was a privilege that matched the grandeur of the location. I presented the images to them via a beautifully customised wooden USB stick and presentation box which hopefully did their big day justice.