Victoria Warehouse Wedding Venue
Victoria Warehouse is a converted cotton mill on Trafford Wharf, Manchester. It's an industrial, alternative, cool and very unique wedding venue. It has hardly any windows, has high ceilings and is a pretty dramatic space.
Victoria Warehouse is one of those venues that could give natural light photographers, like me, an anxiety attack. But I love it. It's so different from most of the other venues that it's a real joy to photograph weddings here.
Prosecco Popping Bridal Prep
Normally I meet everyone before rocking up to photograph them in their pyjamas. But Jade & Karla live in Amsterdam. So that made things a little tricky. A wedding is a really personal day so I couldn't help being a little nervous having not met them before. Turns out Jade & Karla have a way about them. Within minutes of meeting them, I felt like we'd been mates for years! And still do...
Jade was just about to start getting ready when her sister arrived in floods of tears - she was just so happy! Once calmed down, Grace Marriott got to work on hair and make-up. The rest of the morning went exactly to plan and was pretty chilled.
I think Jade started to feel the nerves the closer we got to the ceremony, but nothing too bad. Plus, she was surrounded by loved ones. Jade, Karla, Sam & Adam were obviously really close, and that showed the whole day through.
Candle Light Wedding Ceremony
Sam & Adam made their entrance first, followed by Jade, Karla and Karla's Dad. The ceremony room at Victoria Warehouse is massive, but with the subdued lighting feels incredibly intimate.
This was quite possibly one of my favourite ceremonies last year. I felt it when I was there, and I still feel it when I look back at these photos. Jade & Karla are really, really into each other. I don't know how else to say it. It's clear to me that they're head over heels in love – just look at the way they look at each other!
Surprise Guests - The Vegan Queens!
Jade & Karla had organised The Vegan Queens as a surprise to entertain their guests between courses of their Wedding Breakfast. And they were definitely a surprise! They put on an awesome show, people were up dancing and everyone singing along!
'Till Death Do Us Party
After some pretty awesome speeches and a bit of fun at the selfie booth - it was time to party! Something that this lot know how to do really well! The Ascent, (who have now unfortunately disbanded) played two awesome sets of good old Northern indie rock!
Natural, Unposed Wedding Photography
Despite the low-light levels of Victoria Warehouse, I managed to photograph Jade & Karla's wedding ceremony & reception without flash. I could have used flash, it would have made my life a lot easier. But I feel, by adding flash I would have completely changed the atmosphere of the day. Their wedding was intimate and informal. I didn't want to distract from that by popping a flash off every couple of seconds. A big part of my approach to wedding photography is that I go unnoticed. There's no second chance of getting that perfect natural frame once a flash has gone off.
Jade & Karla weren't too fussed on having posed group photos, so we didn't do any.
However, possibly for the first time in the history of weddings, a Bride said "I really hope it rains today" – Jade really wanted to use their rainbow umbrella! So, when it did rain, I grabbed them and we dashed out into the drizzle for a few photos under a rainbow umbrella. At no point did I say do this or look that way, so as always, all these photographs are 100% unposed.
Victoria Warehouse Silent Wedding Movie
Raw, Dirty & Uncut. My Silent Wedding Movies are a fast paced, high action run-through of one of the most important days of your life. They're made up from the thousands of photographs I take during a wedding and are a great way to relive your wedding – or Jade & Karla's...