“Just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you so much for everything this weekend! You and Cat were great, so relaxed and friendly, you just fitted in with everything perfectly! All of our family and friends commented on how amazing you both were. The photos really capture the spirit of the whole event!”
Those of you that know me in person will know that I’m more than a little fond of quirky festivals. I love the details and the thought that goes into them, and the friendly music-loving atmosphere that permeates through the small scale independent festivals in particular. They were always my favourite ones to play at with my duo and will always be my favourite to go to as a punter. Now, imagine if you will the day I got offered a wedding which was set to boast all of the above qualities plus all of the loveliness that comes with it being a wedding – a day that will forever be known as Helen and Andrew’s incredible #WedFest.
(OH MY LIFE IT WAS AMAZING!)
(SERIOUSLY. I NEARLY IMPLODED.)
My assistant for the day was the thoroughly wonderful Cat Lane, who you may recognise from one of two of my previous photo day blogs. Huge thanks to her for her beautiful image contributions – what a total hero! Cat stayed on the awesome #WedFest site in the morning while I pottered off down the road to capture a spot of bridal prep. It all looked a bit like this:
With all of the prep done and everyone looking suitably fabulous, Cat boarded the coach to the ceremony venue whilst I attempted to navigate my way around Lancaster in the car. It was definitely an adventure. Eventually, we all arrived in one piece at the phenomenal Lancaster Cathedral:
With all of the guests settled in, all we needed now was the bride. I’d had to leave before I’d seen Helen in her full get-up to ensure I made it through Lancaster in time, so was just as excited as everyone else to see how (INCREDIBLY) gorgeous she looked! I absolutely adored the natural make-up she’d opted for, and the colour scheme was just perfect. Floral and festival-tastic. Wedding time, here we go!
What a lovely wedding. Rather nice to hear my talented chums (and previous photographees / artwork clients) The Young’uns singing beautifully during the signing of the register too! They were to be the first act in a brilliant programme of music that day. Shortly after the guests had departed back to the WedFest site, myself and Cat accompanied Helen, Andrew and Michael (brother of the groom / appointed chaffeur) back through the windy one-way systems of Lancaster to a beautiful spot just across the water from the reception site. Cue two photographers fawning over how ludicrously photogenic everything was:
And then it was reception time! Cue the longest confetti walkway I’ve ever photographed down, my first ever Bride VS Groom tug-of-war (seriously, keep scrolling down!), travel-themed table names, group photos in front of a giant tipi, an appearance by Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar (whose most recent album “The Call” I had the pleasure of guesting on as well as designing), a ceilidh with the Monster Ceilidh Band and ALL OF THE DANCING! As if this wasn’t a lovely enough day for all involved, Helen and Andrew had hired a field full of bell tents for their sleepy, undoubtedly cheery, guests to snooze in that night. Full marks, you two, full marks.
There you have it! An incredible day for an incredible bride and groom in an incredible location. Congrats, Andrew and Helen!
Until next time,