At last, we're back. The first wedding for me since lockdown, new rules, new regulations, hand gels, hand wipes it’s a whole new world.
After having all of my weddings since March moved to later on this year or postponed until next year it was actually time to photograph a wedding.
Wedding Photography St Helens The Story
This wedding was a St Davids Church in St Helens and would be for a maximum of 30 people as per the guidelines. I had actually gone to the pre-wedding rehearsal the week before to see exactly what could and could not be done on the day. There were new rules in place a one-way system for the guests, sitting two metres apart, masks were not needed in the church when the wedding took place although this has now changed. I have to say I was very impressed with how well the Scott the vicar had made the wedding as traditional as possible while observing the guidelines.
On the day of the wedding, Jude and Matt had booked my half day package of four hours of photography. I meet Matt the groom at the church and we did some photographs of him and the bestman before the rest of the guests arrived. The bridesmaids looked lovely and arrived in the beautiful Fleur-De-Lys wedding car from Century Wedding Cars https://centuryweddingcars.co.uk/ they were then followed by Jude and her brother who was giving her away.
I am sure there was a tear in Matt’s eye when he saw Jude walk down the aisle. Once the service was over it was outside for some group pictures and I had also purchased some bride and groom face masks for the bride and groom for some Covid/Lockdown images.
As per guidelines no wedding receptions were allowed when the wedding took place but Matt and Jude were going back to their local pub with some of their guests for a few drinks and had arranged for the local chip shop to supply fish and chips for the guests. This was also the chance to take some more images of Jude and Matt in the wedding car and some quiet time photographs on the bowling green.
It was then time for me to leave. Thoughts on the day I really enjoyed photographing the wedding, I was worried that it might not feel like a real wedding, in fact, this was totally the opposite and yes things were different but everyone worked really hard to make this a special day for Jude and Matt.
St Helens Wedding photography by Philip Antrobus Photography.