Helen and James got married in Las Vegas back in May and then in June, I photographed their UK wedding reception at the Briar Court Hotel in Huddersfield. Helen and James wanted something a little bit different for their posed photos and chose me to do them partly based on my personal work, which often involves derelict and abandoned buildings and 'urban exploration'. They wanted a more gritty look to their images, rather than the traditional poses and backdrops. The hotel where they were having reception didn't really fit with this, so on our pre-wedding meeting, we did a little exploration of the local area and found a derelict Victorian school. We were all pretty excited about this as a location for a shoot and agreed to meet before the wedding reception to get some images around the grounds, assuming redevelopment didn't start in the meantime! Although they wanted gritty, a building site wouldn't really work!
On the day of the reception, thankfully, there had been no changes and we spent about an hour taking images at the school and the surrounding area. It was really windy and sunny, not a great combination for photography, but at least it stayed dry!
Helen and James specifically requested the image below, based on one of my personal images I had shared on social media. It's a technique used by David Hockney called a 'joiner', where you take a number of images and then stitch them all together. There are a number of different ways you can do this, but I like it when you can tell it's a collage of images. An image of this nature really benefits from being printed really big, when the detail is fantastic. I can see this image looking great above a fireplace.
After the shoot, we headed to the hotel to do a few group shots.
Then it was time for the party to begin! The room was decorated beautifully; I particularly loved the flowers, which were done by Ivy Florist in Pudsey and the cake, which Helen made herself.
Then it was time for the cake cutting and the first dance...
A fantastic evening. Congratulations to you both!