What’s that REM song called? You know the one . . . Shiny, happy, people! Well Helen and Jamie’s wedding at The Bond Company in Digbeth was definitely full of those. It was a wedding chock full of fun, smiling faces and good times, it was definitely turned up to 11 on the wedding-o-meter.
I met with Helen and her bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding at The Clayton Hotel in Birmingham city centre for bridal preparations. Hair was by Jenny Williams and Lorraine from Dream Image did makeup. Once the ladies were ready they hopped into a wonderful vintage VW camper, which was from Lovin’ Dubs, and made the short hop across Digbeth to the ceremony at The Bond Company.
The Bond has a long and illustrious history. The former Victorian canalside home to shipping company Fellows, Morton and Clayton has also been a warehouse for HP sauce before becoming an arts complex, event space and wedding venue. It boasts some brilliant and unique architecture which makes a great backdrop for any wedding. I’ve photographed quite a few weddings at The Bond Company over the last few years and I have to say it’s one of my favourite places to shoot at. The Bond Company seems to attract a particular type of couple who always do their wedding their own way and each one has been incredibly unique and different to the last.
For the ceremony Helen wore a stunning white dress from Brides of Bond Street whilst Jamie and his groomsmen looked very dapper in their grey and black three piece suits which were from Mark Andrew Formal Hire. With the rings exchanged and register signed everyone then headed outside for the drinks reception which was followed by a stunning three course wedding breakfast.
Once the wedding breakfast was finished I then headed with Helen and Jamie onto the graffiti laden streets of Digbeth for a few portraits before making our way back to The Bond Company for the evening reception. DJ Carltunes got the dancefloor warmed up before the incredible Backbone Slips tore the roof off with a stunning set of soul, Motown, funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues. Shapes were thrown, rug was cut and tambourines were shook. It was one hell of a party.
Before I sign off I must say a massive thank you to Helen and Jamie for having me along to their amazing day, I absolutely loved this wedding, love these guys too. Here’s 50 photos from their epic wedding . . .
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