The Wedding of Dee And Steve, St Nicholas Church, Cramlington 21st May 2011

18th June 2011
St. Nicholas church is set within Cramlington Village which is tucked neatly between the modern shopping centre and the surrounding housing estates. With no through traffic this provides a lovely peaceful location for a wedding. I'd been booked by Dee and Steve to provide relaxed natural coverage of their ceremony followed by a reception at Northern Rugby Club in Gosforth. My day started just after 2 pm ready for the first guest to arrive followed by Steve and his best man. When the gold Rolls Royce arrived with the bridesmaids I knew I'd have a little time to capture some images of them dressed in beautiful pale blue before the car returned with Dee ready for her big day.

A wedding is a very important day in someone's life and photographic coverage needs to be unobtrusive and sympathetic to the intimacy of the ceremony. I'm pleased to say that I was noticed for being, well, hardly noticed throughout yet I managed to capture some beautiful images which portray the story of the day. Once outside it was time for me to stake my ground, gently though so as not to be too domineering, and capture some group shots.

An old London bus had been hired to take the wedding party to the reception and it was my intention to capture at least one image of the bus en-route. This I did on Fisher lane near Seaton Burn Roundabout giving me enough time to get back in my car and head the buss off before it reached it's destination.

Once at the reception I busied myself capturing the guests arriving, the bride and groom mingling and the children making the most of the open space of the rugby pitch before a few more outdoor formals are taken. Then it's on to the speeches which never fail to provide some great expressions of surprise and mild embarrassment .

I concluded my stint with the first dance to live music by provided by enduring Tyneside R&B group The Junco Partners and a great rendition of the Chuck Berry song "You Never Can Tell". With five memory cards from two camera's to edit I bid Dee and Steve a farewell and thank them for asking me to play a key part of their big day.


Photo comment By Jon Farmer: Well done Michael, you did good work there! You were blessed with the lighting in church, was that church lights or did they let you take gear in? I was in a church last weekend that was as dark as a well!

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