Wedding Photographer at The Bowdon Rooms
My second photography gig this year was at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham. This is a really unique Cheshire wedding venue which dates back a hundred years to Edwardian times. It’s main feature is it’s stunning ballroom with incredible chandeliers. It is a perfect venue for the kind of couple who want something a bit different for their wedding day and it suited Charlotte and Tom down to the ground. It had been around eighteen months since I was last a Bowdon Rooms wedding photographer so it was good to be back there again.
My day started at Charlotte and Tom’s house in Sale which is just around the corner from where I live so it was great to shoot a wedding so close to home. Despite being February it was a gorgeous day, not too cold and dry as a bone. At Charlotte’s I began by photographing some of the details such as the wedding dress and shoes. Charlotte was wearing a dress from Manchester Wedding dress shop The Case of the Curious Bride and shoes by Vivienne Westwood which were really cool and not like any wedding shoes I’d seen before. I love it when bride’s do things differently! The flowers were stunning too with really deep colours. The first picture below is a close up shot of the flowers which is a shot I wouldn’t normally put in a blog post but the colours are so amazing I had to put it in. Charlotte was getting ready with her four bridesmaids, her mum and dad and her cat Kanye who was just as grumpy as his namesake!
Cheshire Wedding Venue
I headed over to The Bowdon Rooms to photograph Tom and his groomsmen but I was tipped off by a guest that they were all in the pub around the corner so legged it over and got some cool shots of the short walk to the venue. The groom and his ushers were all in smart matching suits and Tom’s younger brother was carefully looking after the rings. Things were quite relaxed until the bride didn’t arrive on time and then people started to get a little stressed! Charlotte eventually arrived in her vintage car with her dad and we were on with the ceremony of matrimony! As soon as the ceremony was over we headed outside and the bride and groom were congratulated by their guests and I hung around in the shadows shooting natural documentary wedding photography. A Bowdon Rooms wedding photographer is challenged by the lack of grounds, there is only a small strip of grass at the front but I like a challenge! We also used the road which looked great using a long lens. I always shoot with a fast shutter speed when using a long lens to ensure images are pin sharp. I also used a derelict building I found nearby and we got some stunning images using my Sigma 35mm art series lens utilising it’s wide aperture of f1.4.
Natural Documentary Photographer
During the speeches and wedding breakfast I continued to photograph things naturally with plenty of reactions captured candidly. I also took the couple off for some extra portraits just for five minutes in an upstairs room which had some fairy lights hanging from the ceiling. I also had some hand held fairy lights which I held in front of the lens and remotely fired a flash behind the couple. This was held by a bridesmaid and directed at the couple giving a strong rim-light.
The evening finished with plenty of dancing on the sprung dance floor which I really enjoyed as a Bowdon Rooms wedding photographer because it meant I could bounce along to the music as I snapped away. The dance floor was set off wonderfully by the light up letters which were provided by my friend Ollie from The Word is Love. They really gave the room an extra special touch. Have a look below to see for yourself.
Congratulations Charlotte and Tom, thanks for choosing me to be your Bowdon Rooms wedding photographer. Choose to watch the slideshow or scroll through the images below x
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