So where were we? If you’ve not yet seen part one and part two of Liz and Jon’s tremendous autumn wedding then click here to catch up – part one / part two. So far we’ve had ultra-calm morning bridal preparations, a smiley happy wedding ceremony at the incredible St Werburgh’s Church in Chester, and (even if I do say so myself) beautiful portraits of the newlyweds at Grosvenor Park in Chester… Can you see why I had to split it into three parts for you?!
So what’s left to show – only their quirky brilliant wedding reception at Oddfellows in Chester! Oddfellows is a superb venue, right in the centre of Chester. Brimming with character, Liz and Jon’s reception was held in the private rooms upstairs. Their dining room is exquisitely decorated with lots of unique details.
More autumn flowers tie the theme together… Liz and Jon had named their tables after their favourite films, and the place names were all in beautiful handwritten calligraphy.
And what’s autumn without conkers?
I love how Jon so dutifully offered to tie his bride’s shoes before they entered the dining room for their wedding breakfast!
Conkers!! See, they weren’t just there for decoration! Oh no – they were there to be used. And Liz’s conker technique is a mixture of vicious and erratic. Jon didn’t stand a chance.
It’s hard to describe what was so special about Liz and Jon’s wedding reception – it just had an atmosphere to it… an ambience. It was a privilege to be involved in their whole day and to be honest I didn’t want to leave! If I hadn’t been absolutely shattered and with a 45 minute drive home, I’d love to have hung around and celebrated with them! They really made me feel like a welcome guest, not just a photographer.
Liz and Jon’s nephew Adam’s (great name) wedding suit didn’t last long once he was presented with his wedding day gift of full Liverpool kit!
Now it’s not often you go to an initial meeting with clients and they request a ‘photo of us in the bath’. Well I’m sure it is in some niches of photography, but not wedding photography! But that’s what Liz and Jon wanted – as their bridal suite at Oddfellows had twin cast iron baths. I love this little trio of shots!
Next they had to cut their cake. It seemed a shame, the detail was so intricate and beautiful.
Now, before Liz and Jon’s first dance they had a live band. I’d recommend live music at weddings to anybody. It’s a great way of keeping spirits up, and keeping the momentum of the day going. And I can honestly say this band – Xander and the Peace Pirates – are my current favourites. Exceptional musicians with a wide range of songs and they really added to the atmosphere of this special wedding reception. Check out their Myspace page – or better still, book them for your wedding.
And the grand finale – the first dance. You won’t be surprised to hear that Liz and Jon’s was perfect. They looked like they felt like they were the only people in the room. Super romantic.
Thanks so much for choosing me as your photographer guys – you’re an amazing couple, you had an amazing day and I was so pleased to be able to capture it for you – I loved every minute. I wish you all the very, very best for your futures together. Congratulations.