Last November I was asked to cover a small, and intimate, wedding near to my home town of Ellesmere. Elaine and Stuart’s special day was over the border into North Wales and near to the welsh market town of Wrexham. The small river side restaurant called “The Boat” at Erbistock was the destination of choice. Right next door to the restaurant is a beautiful old Church, and this was the idyllic setting for Elaine and Stuart’s ceremony. The coverage was decidedly candid and documentary, meaning I was basically left to my own vision and approach for large parts of the wedding day…total trust from Elaine and Stuart…and their guests was given to me. What a fantastic day, despite the torrential rain, it turned out to be…Elaine’s attention to detail and personality was all over her wedding, from the gorgeous pumpkins, the flowers that adorned the church and venue, the fruit and Autumnal leaves, scattered throughout, to her choice of wedding dress, beautiful in it’s simplicity and charm which, along with her amazing shoes, was all very much a reflection of Elaine’s quiet, and endearing, Irish character. Her family had travelled over from Ireland and with them came echoes of my own Wife’s families, who all reside on the “emerald Isle”.
This was a very simple and relaxed wedding day and the pictures are really a reflection of this…a quiet day perhaps, but with heart and soul…quietness and relaxed informality.
I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding to bring to close a hectic few months. It was beautiful….the colours seemed to intertwine with Elaine’s own delicate Irish red hair….and gave a pallet to the whole of the wedding day that was both warm, and deep in colour.
There are many black and white images in this collection…this was a conscious decision and I feel echoes the whole documentary approach that was employed.
Big thank you’s to Elaine and Stuart, and their families, for their trust, their belief in me and for allowing me to spread my “creative documentary wings” at their special day.