Today's wedding was in the city of Lincoln, a place full of history an character and the very impressive Lincoln Cathedral.
My day started with a last check of my equipment to ensure I had everything I needed.
Camera? Check! Lenses? Check! Batteries? Che.......
So the first part of the day started at The Tower Hotel, the bride, brides maids and page boy had all stayed here over night. The rooms were well appointed with everything you would need for a great stay in the city of Lincoln.
The atmosphere was surprisingly relaxed and calm, and everybody was busy sorting hair and makeup.
As the bride was having the final details added to her hair and makeup, guests started to arrive, many of them were checking in to the hotel to make use of the rooms after the celebrations had finished. The room was busy but calm as friends and relatives popped into say hello to the bride and to offer any help they could.
I took this opportunity while the bride was busy with her guests to capture the important detail shots of the wedding rings, brides bouquet, and of course her shoes.
Its all in the details
The wedding ceremony was taking place at Lincoln Registry Office. Its is conveniently located with plenty of parking nearby, and with in walking distance of the Tower Hotel. I packed all my equipment up and walked down the hill to the registry office.
This isn't the first time I have photographed a wedding at the registry office in Lincoln, and it really is a lovely place to photograph a wedding ceremony. The rooms are bright and have large windows flooding the room with day light. The staff are friendly and relaxed putting everyone at ease. They are even very accommodating of me and always ensure I get the photographs that I need at the crucial moment. After the ceremony there are gardens at the back which are well planted and make a ideal setting for the group photographs and confetti fun.
Being in Lincoln it would be a shame not to make use of Lincoln Cathedral as a backdrop for some wedding photographs.
Once we had finished the formal photographs at the registry office the bride and groom got into a car and were driven round to the cathedral. I chose to walk and for those of you who know Lincoln and Steep Hill, I got a work out on my way back up.
So I arrived at the cathedral before the bride and groom, this gave me chance to set up my speedlight (flash), and dial in the setting on my camera. It was a cold but dry February so being set up enabled me to work quickly so that the bride and groom didn't get to cold.
Using the Cathedral and old city walls as a backdrop I took some posed and casual photographs of the happy couple, working as quickly as possible due to the cold conditions.
Having an ultra wide angle lens enables me to fit the entire cathedral into the photographs.
The Happy Couple
Back to the Tower Hotel and the warm, the guests had all gathered in the bar area and were sharing a drink with the newly married couple. Now I photographed the wedding cake and the small details that had been made especially for the day.
Candid photography of the guests enjoying themselves, and then on to the speeches.
The wedding party then sat down for their meal. Food at the Tower Hotel was excellent as I ate in bar and took a rest from the action, nobody wants to be photographed while they are eating.
So the day is coming to a close and celebrations move to The County Assembly Rooms. Conveniently located in the centre of Lincoln and a small walk from the Tower Hotel, perfect for the bride and groom, and their guests that would be spending the night at the hotel.
The County Assembly Rooms is a grand building, it has a large bar area which leads through to the ballroom. With high ceilings and ornate period style decorations the ballroom is an impressive room to party the night away. A large dance floor, stage for the live band and an area for the DJ, plenty to keep the guests entertained along with a photo booth in the bar area.
Large tables with plenty of seating for all the guests are set up around the dance floor so tired dancing feet can rest.
Guests took to the dance floor with the bride and groom for the first dance. I'm sure they danced and celebrated late into the night.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph and be a part of James and Louise's wedding day.
Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer.
Lincolnshire Wedding Photographer.
53 Kenwick Road Louth LN11 8EH