Laura and Pete were married at The Carriage Hall
Laura and Pete were married at the Carriage Hall in Plumtree here in sunny Nottingham, an autumn wedding in weather and theme.
The first picture I took on the day was a sneaky one. I bumped into Laura just outside the main building as she was walking with her wedding dress. She spotted me and turned around, and with her wedding dress lifted high above her head to stop it from dragging on the floor – I pressed the shutter button and took the picture.
Once inside, and after I had grabbed some images of the venue dressed with autumn colours, I headed upstairs to where Laura and her girls were getting ready.
It wasn’t long into the girls getting their hair and make-up done that guests started to arrive, and with Laura getting ready close to the window, her girls were a little worried that people would see her before the ceremony, the girls did their best to block the window from peeping guests.
When the girls were ready to help Laura into her dress, I headed downstairs to capture the guest arrivals and hopefully capture some images of a nervous-looking Pete.
After a quick chat with Pete and a few of the guests, I headed back up stairs to see Laura, who with the help from her Mum, was almost ready for her wedding.
Before Laura was ready for the ceremony, there was a knock at the door; it was her Dad. He wanted to see her in her dress, these moments are always tricky for a photographer, you are there to capture the moments, but you also have to be respectful that this is real, real emotions and you 100% do not want to get in the way; a few clicks and I left them to it.
By now, most of the guests had arrived and were sat in the big hall.
As I headed downstairs to the ceremony room, I spotted that the staff at Carriage Hall had partially closed the curtains at the bottom of the stairs (to stop people seeing Laura before she walks in with her Dad). I spotted that Pete and his best man could be seen through the gap in the curtains. I could see that they were chatting – I took a couple of pictures, but I wanted a better expression for the picture; I waited a bit longer, and one of them cracked a joke and ‘click’ picture done.
First down the aisle at Carriage Hall was Laura’s bridesmaids, then it was the turn of Laura and her Dad – this is always a special moment for any parent, and you can see by the emotions on Laura’s Dad’s face, this was a big moment for him.
The ceremony was a quick one – just how the guys had planned it, with a couple of readings, the vows and the “I do’s”; it wasn’t long before the ceremony was done, the legal paperwork all signed and they were walking back down the aisle as Husband and Wife.
The early afternoon was spent on the mezzanine floor at Carriage Hall, with the weather blustery and raining quite hard; it made sense for everyone to stay dry and warm!
We did manage to get outside for 10 minutes to grab a couple of family formal pictures. 10 minutes was all the weather gave us!
Back inside and with the main Hall now converted from a ceremony to a wedding breakfast room; it was time for the guests to find their seats and wait for the entrance of the new Mr and Mrs.
With everyone ready and with the best man announcing everyone to stand for the arrival of the bride and groom – Laura and Pete made their way through the tables and guests to find their seat at the top table.
A favourite image of mine from this part of the day is a little moment between Laura and their daughter Eliza.
With everyone sat down and introductions done, it was time for the wedding food – pork pies and afternoon tea – lovely stuff.
Next up the speeches, Laura’s Dad was up first, followed by Pete and finally the Best Man, who behaved himself and kept the stories clean.. which is always a relief for parents of the kids!
Once the speeches were done and with everyone at the bar, the evening kicked off with the cake cut and the first dance (or first shuffle as I call it).
The rest of the evening was a mixture of some ever so slightly tipsy disco dancing and people chilling and chatting on the comfy sofas on the mezzanine floor.
I really enjoyed the wedding of Laura and Pete, a lovely couple, and a great family with their daughter Eliza.
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