Tammy and Michael were married at The Saracens Head Southwell
The day started for me capturing the guest arrivals in the main bar. Plenty of people had travelled to be at the wedding of Tammy and Michael, and people were gasping for a good drink.
Tammy and Michael wanted a small family-and-friends wedding – no huge fuss, just close friends and family.
The ceremony room at the Saracen’s Head is lovely, with big windows down one side and large wooden beams across the ceiling, as well as historical pictures on the wall – it had all the ingredients for some beautiful and characterful images.
As with all grooms waiting for their bride, Michael sat nervously in the ceremony room, making small talk, laughing and joking but you could tell he was nervous. But once the music started and he stood up and could hear the footsteps of Tammy and her dad walking down the aisle, he relaxed a little.
The images of Tammy walking down the aisle with the light coming from the big windows, casting dynamic light on them both, are now some of my favourite wedding entrance photographs.
The ceremony was beautifully done; the two registrars on the day were and friendly and put the couple at ease. Both Tammy and Michael had prepared their own personal vows which left not a dry eye in the house.
After the ceremony, it was into the main bar for all the hugs, kisses and congratulations.
It wasn’t long before the wedding breakfast and the speeches. First up was Michael’s dad who nailed his speech with aplomb.
During the speeches you learn a lot about the families – about the relationships, the ups and the downs – so it’s a very privileged position to be in as a wedding photographer, and you have to make sure that you capture these moments but not interfere, to be there but to not really be seen.
The most poignant moment of Michael’s dad’s speech was when he pulled out his army medals from his various tours and passed them to Michael as a wedding gift, something no one in the room expected or will forget for a very long time.
The Evening kicked off with the cake-cut and the first dance, and then it was into the disco which went on well into the night.
It was a really special day, and I was proud to share and be a part of Tammy and Michael’s wedding day, alongside their family and friends.
Below are a few pictures from the day – all the images were captured using 2x Sony Alpha A9s, Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, Sony FE 85mm F1.8, Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA.
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“I really can’t thank Andy enough, he was a pleasure to work with from the very first time I contacted him about possibly photographing our wedding. He answered all of our questions no matter how small as if they were the most important issue. The photos we’ve got back have blown us away! He captured moments of the day that escaped us, as well as all the important bits which is be memories for years to come. He also took an audio recording of the ceremony and set this to a photo slideshow that is simply magical. I’m so glad we chose Andy and cannot recommend him highly enough.”