When we first met, Sian and Patrick said that they are very outdoorsy kind of people. They loved mountain climbing, loch fishing, camping, songs by the fire. You would have thought that they would choose to have a festival wedding with tipis in the fields. Also a barn wedding with barbecue for a wedding breakfast would suit this kind of couple very well. Ahh, but they decided to surprise their friends and families… For their wedding they chose to have a ceremony at one the grandest churches – the Chester Cathedral. The reception was to take place in the second grandest building in the city – Chester Town Hall.
It was just as well the wedding and the party was held under a roof. Chester Town Hall has one of the most magnificent roofs in the county. Admittedly, it’s neighbour – the Chester Cathedral has absolutely the most impressive interiors of them all. It was a cold spring day with bright flashes of sun here and there, but mostly cloudy and with a blustery wind. The lovely yellow bridesmaids dresses provided the colour even when the darkest clouds covered the sky – just as the bride arrived for the ceremony in the Chester Cathedral in her cream Art Deco inspired vintage car. The arrival of the bride was magnificent, the ceremony was quick (especially, as I was not permitted to photograph it and was kept at the very end the long cathedral aisle).
Chester Cathedral and it’s Gardens
Chester Cathedral is a place of worship as well as a very popular tourist attractions, so there are always lots of people around. We were lucky to have few quick minutes for our portraits in the relatively private Cloister Garth . Surrounded by flowering magnolias, a famous sculpture ‘The Water of Life’ by Stephen Broadbent is taking a centre stage there. I particularly love the images of the bridesmaids like yellow daffodils with their beautiful bride. The groomsmen did well as well and attempted a fairly complicated group shot with the bride. Unfortunately, the wind had too much fun playing with Sian’s long cathedral veil and it created lots of funny rather than elegant photographs!
Chester Town Hall Wedding
After the wedding ceremony and the drink reception at the Chester Cathedral Chapter House the wedding party went across the square to the Town Hall. Chester Town Hall holds a wedding ceremony licence of it’s own. Ceremonies can be performed in the magnificent Council Chamber where richly carved wood panelling and tall windows create a beautiful atmosphere. However, Chester Town Hall is particularly great choice when you have a couple of hundred guests to entertain. The Assembly Room looked great set up for the wedding breakfast and later for the party and all the dancing. It’s large and impressive space, which allows for natural documentary photography. One particular un-posed picture I captured springs to mind. From a portrait on a high wall a late Duke of Westminster is gazing over groom’s brother – both in their best dress, celebrating a special day in their family lives.
Gypsies of Bohemia and Duncan Disorderly
Probably the best evening wedding band I came across recently…with the exception of an African drum band, perhaps 😉 Sian and Patrick’s band were absolutely natural at getting the whole wedding crowd dancing. The dance floor was not just 5mx5m space which you often get in many wedding venues. The whole of the Town Hall Assembly room was filled with ravers. With the musicians on the high stage, it felt more like a festival gig! It was spectacular. Have a look for yourself.
Looking for a Chester wedding photographer or considering Chester Town Hall for your own wedding and would like to have a chat how it will practically work. Feel free to GET IN TOUCH, I am not a venue sales person, I will tell you how it really is 🙂