The Wedding of Laura & Dan

15th August 2011
A gorgeous June day saw me photographing the wedding of Laura & Dan at North Shields registry office. Part of my brief was to capture some images of the bridal preparation however circumstances on the day dictated otherwise and I had to contend myself with some nice shots of Laura and her dad Ian just before they set off for the ceremony.

On arriving at North Shields Registry Office I prepared myself for the imminent arrival of the wedding car then I was off up to the first floor in readiness for the start of the ceremony, capturing a few images of the pensive groom as we waited. Laura was just late enough to be fashionable and entered the room happy and smiling. The emotions kicked in and, as she took her seat, the tears started. Everyone, bride included, saw the funny side of those tears washing out her false eyelashes.

Allowing Laura time to recompose herself the registrar began the ceremony and as vows and rings were exchanged I discretely captured those important moments from my position tucked into a handy corner. Following the signing of the register I moved forward to set up some poses around the table, diligently arranging the floral display to fit in my composition.

Repositioning myself near the exit I then captured the newlyweds as they made their way out, stopping to pose for a few more shots on the imposing staircase. North Shields Registry Office has a private terrace which can be used for group photo's overlooking the river Tyne, however some damage to the gutters above meant a temporary closure. Fortunately there is a reasonably attractive paved area at the front of the building which provided enough space to capture the group photo's.

Afterwards there was a short journey down to the Fish Quay where the reception was held at Cassia Sambucca. At one time the thriving hub of the local fishing industry North Sheilds of today pales in comparison to it's heyday. There is still a reasonable trade in fresh fish but the fishing vessels are fewer than they once were, however a sailing boat moored buy the quayside provided a great backdrop for a few more formal images.

After working in the limited space to capture further shots during the reception with the all important speeches it was time for me to bid Laura & Dan a farewell, wish them a happy future together and thank them for allowing me to be part of their special day.

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