Hannah and Jude’s wedding at the Sefton Palm House was quite simply one of the most fun and energetic weddings I’ve had the privilege of photographing.
I have actually photographed various members of Jude’s family on numerous occasions previously and, knowing their spirited natures, my expectations were high going in, and to have those expectations not just met, but exceeded, was quite something to behold.
My day began with Hannah at her bridal prep in Liverpool’s Hope Street Hotel, before making my way through the city to the Radisson Blu for Jude’s groom prep. In fact, it was only whilst waiting for the lift in the Radisson that I realized I had actually photographed one of my first ever weddings at that hotel, some seven or eight years ago….an unexpected nostalgic surprise for me.
And then I was briefly back to Hope Street Hotel to catch a few quick pictures of Hannah getting into her dress, and then on to the Sefton Palm House, a truly unique venue for a wedding, and a gift for any wedding photographer….saying nothing of the available light, the foliage in every direction all but guarantees pretty images.
As anticipated, the atmosphere was noticeable the moment I arrived, and only grew and developed as the day went on. Indeed, when there’s already singing and dancing at the tish, before anyone’s even got married, you know you’re in for a good day ahead.
The ceremony itself began with a mini-flash mob by XS Showband, whose roaming musicians perfectly set the stage for the most beautiful of ceremonies, led by Jude’s own brother, Benjy.
As often happens to me these days, the goosebumps completely broke out during the rendition of Yerushalayim – definitely my favourite wedding song at the moment.
And then the newly weds departed the ceremony, surrounded by jubilant family and friends all singing and dancing around them….great scenes all round.
But really, it was when the dancing started that things really took off, with such a frenzy of action and so much fun in every direction….getting into the thick of it was just my natural course of action.
The speeches were all very amusing, and the first dance so perfectly romantic.
But when the dancefloor stays positively rammed the entire night, you know you’re at a pretty special wedding, and I can’t offer the happy couple a big enough congratulations!
Planner – Qube Events
Venue – Sefton Palm House
Videography – YSD Media