Tanya and Steve were having a low-key and intimate wedding at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire. As part of this they wanted a Northamptonshire wedding photographer who would blend into the background, capture all the natural moments from the day and simply allow them to enjoy their wedding day as they should – with their friends and family.
As a documentary wedding photographer this is what I specialise in. I document the unposed moments and real emotions as they naturally evolve on the wedding day. There’s no barking instructions or ordering people about. It also helped that I had photographed Tanya’s brother Chris and Gemma’s rural wedding in Northants the year before. So Tanya and Steve knew my relaxed wedding photojournalism approach was exactly what they wanted for their own small but unique wedding day story.
The Fun & Nerves of the Bridal Preparations
The daughter of the bride watches as I photograph the bridal preparations
There’s nothing like the bridal preparations for capturing a wide range of emotions right at the start of the wedding day. There’s often much laughter, nerves and even the odd tear. As a documentary wedding photography I love to photograph all these emotions as a reflection of the wedding day’s true story.
As the wedding ceremony wasn’t until early evening I arrived at Tanya’s home late afternoon, and preparations were already well under away: hair being dressed, makeup being applied, kids have loads of fun and guests turning up with bottles of fizz to be enjoyed. All in the usual craziness of bridal preparations.
A wedding guest turns up for the bridal preparations with the all important alcohol
It’s these moments of the wedding day that can be emotionally charged but quickly forgotten soon after. So that’s why I want to capture the integrity of those moments so they can be enjoyed and cherished many years later. That’s the real pleasure of wedding photojournalism. You remember your story, not some photographer’s creation of it.
Kettering Registry Office, Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer
This way for the wedding ceremony! Even the seemingly mundane details from a wedding day can form a part of a couple’s wedding story.
As a Northamptonshire wedding photographer I’ve never photographed at Kettering Registration Office, so I was looking forward to seeing it. The wedding ceremony itself takes place in a room called the Mayor’s Parlour, which can seat up to 42 guests and was ideal for a smaller low-key wedding like Tanya and Steve’s.
There are some small communal gardens nearby but we didn’t need to make use of them – my approach is nearly all candid up to and during the wedding ceremony. Throughout the ceremony there were certainly more laughs than usual – given the couple’s relaxed approach to their wedding day.
Toasts, Fizz and Confetti!
The bride and groom emerge to a shower of confetti
Before leaving Kettering Registration Office, Tanya and Steve decided to have the toasts and speeches in a side room off of the Mayor’s Parlour. I love modern wedding coupes who aren’t afraid from breaking with tradition and doing things their way.
There are no rules really and each wedding day should be as different and unique as the couple getting married. That’s why documentary wedding photography is so perfect for modern wedding couples, in that it captures your wedding story as it happens; documenting your unique story rather than a one size all fits all template applied to every wedding.
So after the toasts were made, a few gifts handed out, it was off toe the nearby Wicksteed Park for the evening wedding reception. As a Northamptonshire wedding photographer I was definitely intrigued to see all Wicksteed Park had to offer.
Wicksteed Park Wedding
A beautiful b&w wide perspective of the couple’s first dance at Wicksteed Park.
Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire is the UK’s 5th oldest amusement park, having been opened in 1921. It’s 147 acres of grounds is a beautiful mix of rides, attractions, lakes and countryside, certainly making it one of the most unusual wedding venues in Northamptonshire.
There’s a number of wedding suites available at Wicksteed Park. Tanya and Steve opted for the aptly named Celebration Suite which can cater for 150 guests and has it’s own dance floor area and licensed bar. As the smallest of all the suites I was genuinely surprised at just how spacious it was.
It’s selfie time on the wedding dance floor!
As I am sure you will agree, from the small number of selected photos from the Tanya and Steve’s wedding story, they really did have a wedding day as fun and as unique as they are.
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If you are getting married at Wicksteed Park or simply think my natural approach to wedding photojournalism would be an ideal fit for your wedding day, then I would love to hear from you.
You can call or text me on 07920 422144 or just drop me a few details via my contact page and I’ll get straight back to you.
Daughter of the bride is surprised at being caught on camera
A detail shot of the wedding dress, with a picture of the bride’s late mother in the background.
A fascinated young wedding guest during the bridal preparations,
The daughter of the bride having fun during the bridal preparations.
The daughter of the bride puts on some make-up during the bridal preparations.
The bride greets a guest during the bridal preparations
Having fun in the garden, whilst the bridal party get ready inside.
Enjoying some beer during the bridal preparations!
Get a helping hand with doing up a tie during the bridal preparations.
A slight abstract view of the bridesmaid during the bridal preparations.
A guest plays with the daughter of the bride
The bride’s daughter takes a selfie during the bridal preparations.
Another selfie of the bride’s daughter, during the bridal preparations.
The all important doing up the wedding dress shot.
Silhouette of the bride having her dress up done up.
The wedding dress is slowly done up
A wedding guest outside Kettering Registry office in Northamptonshire.
Snazzy socks outside Kettering Registration office in Northants
“Me? Nervous?” The groom show’s he is as cool as a cucumber ahead of the wedding ceremony.
The bride arrives at Kettering Registration office in Northants
A beautiful detailed shot of the bridesmaid’s bouquet.
The bride smiles at the groom as she arrives for the wedding ceremony.
The bride and her father enjoy a little moment before the start of the wedding ceremony.
The bride and father share a sweet kiss before the wedding servive
The bride and groom hold hands during the wedding ceremony
The bride is lost in thought during the wedding ceremony
The bride and groom share an amusing moment during the wedding ceremony
The bride is full of expressions during the wedding ceremony
The cool looking ring bearer presents a wedding ring during the wedding service.
A wedding ceremony full of light heated moments and laughter
I love how the bride’s daughter squirms in the background during the first kiss.
An amusing moment during the wedding service
The bride is delighted to be married
The bride shares a funny during post-wedding ceremony drinks.
Happy toasts all round during the post-ceremony drinks.
The father of the bride with a drink after the wedding ceremony.
The best man’s speech during the post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.
Some celebratory fizz during the wedding speeches
Young wedding guests excitedly unwrap some gifts for them.
The groom carries his son after the wedding ceremony.
Confetti litters the floor after the wedding service.
The bride’s daughter lifts the wedding dress train over confetti that litters the floor.
The reception room at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northants.
A just married sign on a chair during the evening wedding reception.
A detail shot of the amazing looking wedding cake.
A table of remembrance during the evening wedding reception.
The bride and groom pose for a more formal portrait.
The children’s entertainer arrives for the evening wedding reception.
The couple’s first dance at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.
A different perspective of the bride and groom’s first dance.
A guest takes a photo on their smart phone.
A tender moment between mother and child during the evening wedding reception.
A father and baby play during the evening wedding reception.
Take that! The bride squashes some wedding cake into the groom’s face.
The bride and groom “kiss and make up” after the cake in the face fun!
A young guest having fun on the dance floor.
A cool young wedding guest!
A mother and son show how it’s done on the dance floor.
Some young wedding guests make their own entertainment on the dance floor.
The bride has fun with a friend during the evening wedding reception.
A slightly abstract take on a dance floor selfie.
Yet more selfie fun during the evening wedding reception.
The best smile on the dance floor!
The bride and friends get their funk on!
A wedding guest hugs the bride on the dance floor.
Shake your thang! A guest gets down on the wedding dance floor.
A delighted looking groom during the evening wedding reception.
A young guest on the dance floor.
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