Two weeks ago I was back at one of my favourite Birmingham venues, the stunning Fazeley Studios, for Caroline and Harry’s wonderful wedding. It was an amazing day full of love, style and celebration, it’s a wedding that was memorable for so many reasons. I met up with Caroline and her Bridesmaids at Saint Paul’s House, one of Birmingham’s newest and best boutique hotels, which is on Saint Paul’s Square in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. The girl’s hair was by Emma Shuttleworth from Makeup by Design and their makeup by Nicola Honey from Nicola Honey Artistry. Caroline wore a stunning jewel encrusted Eddie K dress which was from California Brides in Blackheath. Across the square my second shooter for the day, the lovely Amy-Rose from Amy-Rose Photography, captured the preparations of Harry and his groomsmen at The Old Chapel. Harry wore a very stylish green and blue tartan style two piece Clements & Church suit whilst the groomsmen wore contrasting blue suits from Alexandre of England.
With the preparations completed we all headed out into St Paul’s Square for a “first look”. A first look is still a fairly rare occasion for a UK wedding but they are very popular in America. It’s where the bride and groom arrange to meet to see each other before the ceremony and it creates a great opportunity for the wedding photographer to capture the bride and groom’s reaction. We arranged it so that Caroline and Harry would hold hands around one of the corners of St Paul’s Church before the big reveal in front of some of their family and friends. It was a really fun moment which added a unique touch to their wedding morning.
After the first look Caroline and Harry had scheduled an hour for their couples portraits around the graffiti covered streets of Digbeth. They made their way from St Paul’s Square to Digbeth’s Custard Factory in a stunning white Austin Mini 100, which was hired from Kiss Rides. After the portrait session was completed we then made the short hop over to Fazeley Studios to meet up with the rest of the wedding party for the ceremony and the legal formalities. Following the ceremony the wedding party enjoyed drinks reception which was followed by the speeches of the father of the bride and the groom. Harry’s three best men had to wait until after the wedding breakfast before delivering their words of wit and wisdom.
The evening party was kicked off in fine style by the bride and groom who performed a stunningly choreographed Argentine tango for their first dance. It really was amazing to see and left their guests whooping with delight as the routine ended. For the remainder of the evening entertainment was provided by the rather brilliant Come Vinyl With Me, a rather unique DJ team who play the vinyl bought along by the wedding guests. It was great fun and added a really different angle to the party. Anyway enough of my waffling, here’s some pictures from Caroline and Harry’s amazing wedding . . .