Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at St Peter’s Church, Swinton & Tatton Park, Cheshire, UK for the wedding of Neil & Stephanie.
Neil & Stephanie were married on the 15th August at St Peters Church in Swinton. The rain seemed to hold off at just the right moments and in fact, was lovely by the time we had all travelled to Tatton Park, nr Knutsford for the reception. It was an incredibly lavish affair for their 230 guests to enjoy: 10 bridesmaids, 11 ushers, a 5 ft cake, Amy Winehouse Tribute and a couple of surprises (!) made for a fabulous ‘celebrity-style’ wedding that we loved every minute of photographing. It was also great to catch up with David and Jenny who’s wedding we photographed at Mottram Hall in 2007.
Dresses, shoes and accessories for Stephanie and the 10 bridesmaids were all laid out beautifully in the dining room – it looked like a wedding show room!
Neil checking on the last-minute details whilst at the Church.
‘Just-married’ – taken in the church doorway.
A group-shot of 230 people was made easy with help from the wonderful Toastmaster for the day, Peter Aust. Andy shot it from a balcony above whilst this was my view from ground-level.
Tatton Park is an incredible wedding venue especially for a larger wedding.
Just on their way to dinner.
Incredible atmosphere during the meal & some of the most-talented waiters we’ve come across.
Amy Winehouse – it certainly looked & sounded like her anyway ;)
It was a lovely day – we really enjoyed ourselves and working with Adrian & Colin (Videographers) again was a pleasure. Thanks also to Peter (Toastmaster) for his help – it makes a big difference with such large weddings.
We have to once more say a big thank you to the Church for allowing us to photograph during the ceremony. In the UK (it never happens in Italy!) it’s so often the case that registrars or priests/vicars don’t allow us to do anything at all – despite the couples’ wishes, and they end up with a wedding album which contains everything except the actual wedding. We’re completely aware that photographers are their own worst enemies and in the past we’ve heard horror stories about their conduct during ceremonies. We’re very aware of the distraction we can cause and so we never use flash inside the church and we don’t move around (unless it can be done unseen by anyone – which is very rare!) We also try and limit to the minimum the number of images we take i.e. just enough to tell the story and capture the important moments – but without firing away like machine-gunners :) If only all photographers would just behave themselves, none of us would have a problem!
We’re still a few weddings behind – mostly because of all the travelling we do across Europe. We’ve photographed another four since Neil & Stephanie’s but we like to give each couple a while at the top of the blog so if you don’t see your wedding here yet – don’t worry, it’s on its way. Next up – Jono & Sian in Tuscany! – AndyGoogle+