Its been a while since we shot Paul and Kat’s wedding at Islington Mill but we were pleased to see that the place hadn’t changed, well apart from all the personal (Glastonbury style) touches that Lisa, Phil and all their fiends had made to ensure that this was one hell of a wedding. Islington Mill is more of a club/music venue than a wedding venue so thats what attracted this music loving couple to it’s quirky charms.
The formal part of the day was held on the magnificent Manchester Town Hall, its fun to be in our home city and use the cityscape as a background. We always have a good scout in the morning for potential site to take our trademark couples images later in the day. It was on the morning hunt we found this green arrow that graphically looked amazing, mix this modern touch in with the grand architecture and a so stylish and fun loving couple then well you just get a great set of images. It’s days like these when everything flows which remind us of just what a fab thing it is we do for a job.
The lovely Lisa and her bridesmaids were getting ready in the Midland Hotel, is so near to Manchester Town Hall you could literally hit it with a stone from there. There was a lovely atmosphere in the room and it was clear to see the affection that everyone had for Lisa. I left Amanda to cover the final bits of preparation whilst I walked over to the Town Hall to photograph Phill, his two dapper best men and the guests excitedly arriving.
With a few minutes to go I waited outside the town Hall for Lisa and followed her in with us both shooting from different angles. Its during these final moments I managed to capture Lisa from above as her mother straightens her dress. To us shots like these are like scoring a goal, you just wait for the moment to happen and make sure you are in the right place, we love this image, lots. Isn’t the dress lovely too, supplied by the super cool Daughters of Simone.
Phil and Lisa’s relaxed attitude showed all the way through the ceremony and then after as we walked through Manchester taking the couples portraits. It’s a collaborative effort between us all so these images are a real testament to their artistic nature just as much as ours.
Back at Islington mill after the wedding breakfast it was time for the evenings entertainment. Phil has been in a few bands and their relationship together has blossomed at Glastonbury to live music was the order of the day. Phil had named the band The Rolling Subs and it was a collection of friends who sand a played instruments in turn, it was pretty bloody special, they were genuinely very good and the crowd loved it. Unbeknown to the crowd Lisa had learned to play one song on the guitar just for this day (she doesn’t normally play) so when she took to the stage in her dress the crowd went mad and she nailed it, it really was a great thing to see.
Lisa and Phil we wish you all the happiness you deserve you are a wonderfully warm couple and it was a real pleasure sharing your day, we hope we see you soon perhaps at a gig somewhere.
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