The bride and groom dancing in a the Elmgrove Centre hall in Bristol. There are fairy lights and bunting. In the background the other guests are dancing with each other.

Madeline & Peter's February Wedding

in Bristol

I do love a Bristol wedding so I was more than happy to pop down the M4 for the wedding of Madeline and Pete.
I was particularly impressed by Emma, the minister at the beautiful St Alban’s Church, not only does she refuse to do the “who gives this woman” part because, as she explained, women are not property, she also set off a firework, and had genuine joy on her face during the ceremony as you can see!

But what I loved the most about this wedding was how every family member contributed to the day, this bodes well for the future. Dad Kevin trawled the charity shops of Brighton during his lunch hours to buy glasses (everyone had a different glass), the bride’s brother played violin in church and I was booked because of Madeline’s mum!
I was featured in the f2 Freelance Photographer magazine a few years ago, she worked in a library and archived copies of that magazine. When her daughter got engaged she remembered me. I do like being found in an unexpected way!

After the entertaining ceremony we headed to The Elmgrove Centre which had been beautifully decorated by everyone involved. Awaiting the guests was the Cracking Hog Roast company who absolutely lived up to their name, the food was delicious, and I always welcome an opportunity to photograph people carrying big plates. Still waiting for a guest called Alan though.
I also had the opportunity to indulge in my geek side, Dr Madeline now has her PhD in bioengineering so I enjoyed some fascinating conversations with her peers.

As promised on the sign they put up to warn their guests… I did indeed capture the drunken shenanigans fuelled by their open bar! The Jig Mad Wolf Ceilidh Band were on hand to entertain and make sure everybody got up to dance.
I really enjoy photographing a ceilidh, there’s almost a danger element to it. You have to learn the dance, observe, get in there with everyone to take the action photos and then quickly retreat as to not to get run over by an enthusiastic dancer.

A cat on the bed, bride drinking tea at her dressing table. Brother playing violin in the garden.
Father of the bride is ironing, he asked for this picture as proof.
In the foreground a bridesmaid puts on her shoes, the bride is doing the same in the background.
Bride hugging her friend at home before the wedding.
The bride applies lipstick in the mirror.
The groom and guests arriving at church.
The bride arriving at church in a Nissan Serena.

A wedding ceremony in the Church of Westbury Park, St Alban's in Bristol.
A woman in her lace wedding dress sat next to her husband-t-be and his family. They are the front row in the St Alban's Church of Westbury Park.
Rev. Emma Langley lighting a small firework!
The bride, groom and family in the front row of church singing.
The Rev. Emma Langley claps as the bride and groom kiss. Then the bride wipes lipstick off her husband's face. They are in the St Alban's Church. The Church of Westbury Park in Bristol.
Bride's brother playing the violin to the church.
Picture of the bride in the church entrance from above. The St Alban's Church in Bristol.
Confetti hearts falling on a man and woman after their wedding ceremony in the church.
Black and white photographs of guests throwing confetti and a newly married couple in BristolA group photograph outside St Alban's Church, Redland. Couple posing and walking down Bayswater Avenue.Couple who just got married stand outside the St Alban's Church of Westbury Park in Bristol. And a Nissan Serena. There is gentle February light from the sun behind them.Woman in wedding dress who just got married seen through the windows of a Nissan Serena. A Krispy Kreme Doughnut wedding cake. Candid pictures of guests having drinks after arriving at the reception venue. Food from the Cracking Hog Roast company of Bristol being served to the bride and family. Views around the main hall at the Elmgrove Centre. The church window lighting up the bunting, the people sat at round tables eating their dinner. A bridesmaid holds her plate while queuing for food and smiles at her partner. A woman is sat alone at a round table while the other people get their food. She's looking at the camera and drinking a glass of wine. A reportage style unposed wedding photograph. The view from behind the top table of everyone at a wedding sitting at round tables for the wedding breakfast. The Elmgrove Centre in Bristol is decorated with bunting and lights, there is a arched church window with light pouring in. Bride is giving a speech at the wedding reception. Happy people at a reception. Woman on her phone looks up when she spots the camera. Bride and groom have their first dance in the hall of the Elmgrove Centre. There is bunting hanging from the ceiling. The evening at a wedding reception. There is ceilidh dancing. There's a photograph of the main hall of the Elmgrove Centre in Bristol from above. There is bunting and fairy lights.Ceilidh dancing through a tunnel at a reception. Candid pictures of the evening at a wedding reception. People are dancing, sitting and hugging. An older couple laugh at the photographer for taking a sneaky picture of them! A ceilidh dancing tunnel, the bride and groom are crouching and walking through. A man is dancing and gesturing. People clapping to the dancing at a wedding reception. There is bunton on the ceiling. A woman sits on her boyfriend's lap and they are both smiling at the camera. Ceilidh dancing at a wedding reception in the Elmgrove Centre in Bristol. Two women, the bride and a guest, are swung round on the dancefloor.

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