When Mick Cookson (all round good guy and awesome wedding photographer) says he’s got a couple that are so wonderful and I need to talk to them about their wedding video…I can’t help but get excited!
Then you find out it’s like a week away…but then find out you can make it work AND it’s at the super cool Media City Members Only venue in Salford called On The 7th…
oh go on then!
I’m usually all about shooting with two of us.
It gives me two angles on the whole day to cover it as best I can, even capturing parts of the day the couple won’t see and having plenty of options when it comes to the fun of the edit.
they were keen to get something that fit their last minute budget and someone their wedding photographer was comfortable working alongside so we came up with a special package that worked for them. A solo shoot alongside Mick Cookson for the wonderful Katie and Paul’s wedding at On The 7th…
It all fell in to place perfectly and I arrived to find Paul and his Best Man setting up the fun Toy Story themed table plan using toy figures and crates (seriously cool!).
I then only had to skip round the corner to head over to the Holiday Inn Media City where Katie was getting ready with her Mum, bridesmaids and super cute flower girl (their daughter, Poppy).
Kathryn Farrington was the professional make up artist on hand to make the girls look stunning.
There was a knock at the door and Paul’s Best Man had arrived with a surprise, a tray of Cheerio’s spelling out ‘I Love You’ (how he proposed) and an iPod with some special and meaningful songs on.
Katie was blown away and enjoyed listening (and skipping through…she didn’t want to cry too much) the songs Paul had shared with her.
How utterly romantic??
It was soon time for everyone to get ready for the ceremony. I hung around long enough to get Dad seeing Katie in her dress before dashing off to see Paul getting nervous for the arrival of his Bride (this is a good example of how having only 1 camera I have to make decisions on what I feel is most important to capture for the final film instead of relying on two of us to get everything!).
Paul had to take lots of deep breaths to calm his nerves. His Best Man tried to keep him smiling and soon the whole room was standing to see the Bridal party walk down the aisle (once little Poppy tried to steal the show posing at the top of the aisle for what felt like forever bless her!).
The look on their faces all the way through says it all, so ridiculously happy to be there and getting married.
Guests were soon passing on their hugs, kisses and well wishes as the newlyweds enjoyed their drinks reception in the bar at On The 7th.
Then it was time for Mick to try and organise the group shots inside before we snuck out with the happy couple for some shots around Media City!
This was a favourite part for us all as we let Mick get creative and pop them in front of some cool backdrops (our favourite being the CBeebies yellow smiley blob, it looks like he’s enjoying them having a kiss too haha).
We were soon back inside to get ready for the wedding breakfast and the all important speeches. There were rumours the Best Man needed a stool to play guitar on…
Paul had the room in tears (including me!) during his speech, it was filled with love and emotion it was hard not to get emotional with him. The part where he was talking about his Mum wanting to be by his Dad’s side whilst he was in hospital (they couldn’t make the wedding as he wasn’t well) really touched us all and it was possibly the moment I also shed a tear..
Then the stool came out and the Best Man had the guests laughing with his new take on a few classic songs (changing the lyrics to share a few things about his best friend Paul) with the help of a talented friend he made on the stag do playing along.
As the evening was drawing in Mick and I took them out for a few more photographs outside and we even got to enjoy a beautiful evening sky over the Lowry bridge.
Then it was all about THAT lego cake and the first dance to ‘Beyond The Sea’ to fit in with their love of Lego and Disney.
I’m so glad they came to me (thanks to Mick as well). It turned out to be one of my favourite weddings of the year…
Wedding Ceremony and Reception – On The 7th Members Club, Media City Salford
Wedding Photographer – Mick Cookson Photography, Manchester
Wedding Make-up – Kathryn Farrington MUA, Chorley
Wedding DJ – Dancefloor Couture