Jess & Antony

Westgate Suites, Long Eaton

"All the little moments that we’ll cherish for ever"

Jess and Antony chose my half-day package which was six hour’s photography. But they packed a lot into their time with me. My day started out at their home near Morley for some getting ready shots with Jess, her bridesmaids and her Mum. Jess was having her make up done in her conservatory, which was perfect for both her make up artist and me as it had lots of fabulous natural light. Your make up artist will always position you in good light so they can see to do their work but if you’re not hiring a professional for this, its worth thinking about where to sit for the best photos.

After Jess had got into her dress and the London bus had arrived to collect them, I headed off to the church to find Antony and get a few shots with him before catching the arrival of the bridal party. The bride was a little delayed as they forgot their flowers and had to ask the double decker bus to reverse down a single track lane back to the house to collect them!

I was greeted at All Saints Church in Kirk Hallam by the vicar and the resident cat. All Saints is quite a small church, and I would usually be stuck in a corner, having to take all the shots from the same angle. But luckily there are two doors into the church so I was able to nip around the outside to get images from both the congregation’s point of view and from behind the vicar. If you’re getting married in a church, its worth a converstaion with your officiant to check where the photographer will be able to stand.

After the ceremony we took some group shots on the lawn outside the church then headed to The Westgate Suites in Long Eaton for the reception. Jess and Antony’s half day package meant that I stayed to take pictures of the drinks reception, cake cutting and speeches before heading off. There was plenty of time to capture some lovely candid images of their guests enjoying themselves and having their caricatures drawn and we also managed to take some portraits of the newly weds using the industrial mill vibes of the venue as a setting.