Boxing Day 2011. This is surely the closest you can get to an all-out Christmas wedding. I absolutely adore Christmas, and there is something so unique about the atmosphere at a Christmas wedding.
I’d only met Jo and Mike a week before their wedding because they live out in Dubai and had only just flown into the country. So we met for a coffee and their very lovely pre-wedding experience at Albert Docks in Liverpool. We got along brilliantly and the pre-wedding photos (which have also since been featured on OMG I’m Getting Married) really helped calm any nerves about having their photos taken on their wedding day.
Jo and Michael’s wedding was at the tremendously brilliant Belle Epoque – one of my favourite wedding venues in Cheshire and somewhere I’ve now been lucky enough to cover weddings two Christmasses in a row! I love the Belle Epoque, and seriously if you’re looking for a wedding venue in Cheshire, check it out – there’s nowhere like it!
Anyway, enough jibber jabber – on with the photos… My favourites from Jo and Michael’s special day.
Michael checks with best man Michael that the rings are in the box…
Here we go… Deep breaths all round!
Winter Pimms, kisses, canapes and hugs. It can only be a winter wedding at Belle Epoque!
Then we slipped away to give Jo and Mike some time alone while I got some gorgeous photos of the two of them together.
I love the little bit of wind in Jo’s hair on these ones…
How’s this for pose striking?!
Coffee, then time for speeches…
Jo and Mike had a lovely idea of passing round a heart-shaped chalkboard over the course of the day and getting people to write a short message, then having their photo taken with it (by me). I think it was a lovely idea and worked out brilliantly thanks to the superhuman efforts of usher James. Later on it evolved from messages of congratulations into snippets of advice for the happy couple. There are some brilliant ones…
This wedding is one of my fondest memories of 2011. I think Jo and Mike are brilliant, lovely people. Their families and friends made me feel more like a guest than the photographer. I absolutely loved every minute of being your wedding photographer guys – thanks for having me!