Sneak Peek of this fab Birmingham wedding!!!
A couple of years ago I was asked if I was available to photograph a wedding in Birmingham at The Electric Cinema, a fabulous venue. Now here's the thing, my wife was pregnant with our second child at the time and what was the due date? You got it, the date of the wedding!
There was no way I was going to risk not being at the birth, and no was I was going to risk letting the couple down, so had to say no (as it happened, Baby Brightman No.2 was 10 days late!), but the venue remained somewhere I really wanted to work
So when Katie & Sean's wedding came along I jumped at the opportunity to photograph it and it didn't disappoint
I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots babe
I just wanna be yours
City Centre historic cinema, tears galore and an epic party!
Now, when you think about a cinema what springs to mind? A favourite movie perhaps? Pick 'n' mix? The world's biggest containers of popcorn?!
Probably not windows though?!
There's a reason for that, cinemas don't have windows, it kind of helps to enjoy the film if it's dark doesn't it
Now, what is it that all photographers tend to be obsessed with?
So, a wedding in a wonderfully historic cinema, two people very much in love declaring their lifelong commitment to each other, but with very little light
Of course, it's common on the dance floor for it to not exactly be brightly lit, but you can work with that and add light in with flashguns. But one of the standard requirements from the person conducting a wedding ceremony is NO FLASH
Hmmm, Houston we may have a problem
Unposed, documentary wedding photography
I always try to meet up with the couple before their big day, to have a chat about their plans and if it's a new venue for me, then we tend to have a wander around it too. So one January day we had about ten minutes before the lunchtime film to have a look at the cinema.
Because my wedding photography is documentary in approach I'm not looking for where I can pose people, just to get a feel for the day, to help me anticipate proceedings, to visualise what might happen and to check out the light!
Now modern digital cameras are phenomenal when it comes to their low light capabilities and Katie & Sean weren't going to be getting married in the dark. In fact, cinemas are wonderfully atmospheric with faces picked out by the reflected light from the screen during a film and, in this case, from the light of the bulbs in a large white heart that they'd hired for the day
At The Electric Cinema they really do go to town to give you the full movie- going experience with your names top of the bill at the entrance, your own movie poster in the lobby and the opportunity to start the ceremony with your own film
Katie and Sean had chosen some of their favourite romantic film clips and edited them together into a wonderful movie montage, so whilst the bride-to-be was seeing the registrar, their guests were mesmerised by the silver screen
With Katie unable to resist having a little look as she waited to make her entrance!
Then, after the ceremony, a walk through Chinatown to their reception at The Penthouse @ The Loft
If you've enjoyed reading this sneak peek of Hattie & Sol's wedding then you might like to check out some of these other weddings and ideas
Of course, if you'd like to have a chat about your wedding photography then please get in touch!!