I love it when you see all the official pictures from a wedding or event and some of the photographers we get to work with are absolutely fabulous, like Georgia from Happily Ever Captured who photographed the wedding of Nicola and Neil Briscoe back in June at The Arches @ Dean Clough, who gave us these beauties.
I loved the wedding of Nicola and Neil and, as well as our usual planning and coordination duties, I also supplied all the floristry and styling, collaborating with one of my faves, Catherine from The Mindful Florist.
Most of all I loved Nicola and Neil; what an amazing couple with gorgeous children and fab family and friends, and when you get to really know a couple and trust each other, it allows you the opportunity to really be a part of everything and have ‘access all areas.’
That’s why, for a little change to the usual wedding blog, I thought I’d give you a photographic glimpse of ‘behind the scenes’ at a wedding, using the wedding of Nicola and Neil as an example.
As a wedding planner and/or coordinator you get to experience every part of a wedding; from fixing bridal underwear, dressing people, sewing up dresses, tying ties, pinning buttonholes, meeting and greeting guests, being the ‘fixer’ and ‘go to’ person, checking the behind the scenes in the kitchen and so much more, and for every ‘official’ photo you see of a wedding there is so much that goes on behind the scenes to make that shot happen.
Prior to the ceremony and once Nicola was changed there was a calm 20 mins of Georgia taking photos of Nicola and her two gorgeous flower girls…The official photos are beautiful, like this one of Nicola and her daughter Hollie….
…. Calm, serene and moving… but check out all the behind the scenes shots and actions of plenty of people, including the amazing Cheryl Walker-Askew creating fabulous hair magic, to make sure children (and adults!) are neat and tidy, smiling and interested etc etc….
…. The flowers for the wedding were an amazing array of purples, greys, greens and whites and I always love getting together with Catherine from The Mindful Florist to work (it’s a great chat aside from the wonderful creative session it is!). The finished bouquets and floral displays were superb and even made Nicola shed a tear…..
…. Luckily, for once, the day of preparing the flowers was a nice sunny one so we got to play with floral loveliness outside….
The food at The Arches @ Dean Clough crafted and delivered by the fabulous Eat Me – Drink Me always looks and tastes divine thanks to owner and Head Chef Tony and all his team…
….. but it takes a whole lot of active, creative and experienced people to get food this good….
…. and whilst the guests are happily eating, your suppliers, such as photographers and videographers, are busy getting all the important detail shots to make their work complete….
But remember, when you see the victorious and romantic pictures of first dances like this one…
…. there’s every chance that cheer and laughter is not out of sheer joy of being newly married, but in fact due to a fire alarm triggering just at the moment you enter the dancefloor, leading to this…
… you just never know! (thanks to the amazing Fire team always on hand and keeping us all safe).
…. and me? Well, on my weddings I’m everywhere, seeing it all, taking it all in and making sure everything runs smoothly to make a fabulous relaxed and memorable day for my couples….
…. Oh, and grabbing a sneaky selfie with the bride and groom!