A beautiful, sunny, hot day in May and a dramatic, urban backdrop in the heart of Bristol was the memorable setting for my first time as a wedding photographer for a Humanist wedding. Anna and Seb chose to have their ceremony and reception in the Trinity Centre in Lawrence Hill, Bristol; a Grade II* listed former church providing a juxtaposition of English Gothic architecture with car parks, shipping containers and a nearby police station. I really enjoyed using creative angles and the light provided by the blazing May sun to capture the contrasts that the location provided.
When Anna and Seb first approached me about photographing their Humanist wedding I must admit I didn't know a great deal about Humanism. As I got to know the couple, and the day unfolded I learnt that really the day was just about two great people who really loved and appreciated each other and wanted to make the same kind of commitment that I see at religious weddings each weekend. The emphasis on their appreciation of their friends and family; and the support network provided by them, was incredibly touching also. I have to admit that the Groom gave perhaps the most touching speech I've heard to date and there truly wasn't a dry eye in the place, including behind my camera’s viewfinder… keep it together!
The Trinity centre is now a live music, arts and events space for the local community and has a number of stunning rooms as well as an outside garden and play space. The couple made the most of the venue choosing the stunning Fyfe Hall and its ornate windows for the ceremony, using the gardens for games, drinks and enjoying the summer sunshine, and then moving on to the main hall for a more intimate wedding breakfast.
The couple struck me very creative people – Seb is a keen amateur photographer and several guests made the comment “you must be good if Seb hired you"! A compliment indeed, but that did provide just a small element of pressure! The couple also took control of providing their own home-made decorations for the ceremony and hall including a hand-drawn order of service, home-made bunting, felt flower bouquets and individual handmade origami flowers. All these elements came together for a quirky, modern and very personal style to the wedding.
The catering was provided by the couple’s very talented friend Chris, of No.12 Easton, and having done Bristol wedding photography for several years now, I have to say it was really a meal to write home about. The food was abundant with a total of 7 choices of meat, half of which were smoked in Chris' outdoor smoker on the day outside the venue and resulted in mouth-watering aromas throughout the outside woodland and park areas.
The day was finished off with swing lessons back in the great Fyfe hall and several break-away ‘dance offs’ into the wee hours of the night. I just want to Thank Seb and Anna again for choosing me as your wedding photographer and I hope I did your wonderful and unique day justice.