Before Christmas we were asked, at vey short notice, if we were available for an engagement party by another photographer as she was already booked. Our details were passed on to Jen & Steve and we received a lovely email from them and had a really good chat on the phone.
The engagement party was going to be at The Casa Hotel in Chesterfield and then Jen delivered the bombshell that was being unleashed on everyone - the fact is that they were actually getting married and it was to be a wedding reception! We were sworn to secrecy!
On the day in question we met Jen and her bridesmaids at her house. They had just started to get ready so we were able to capture a few images of them getting ready and relaxing..... The bubbly was going down well but we settled for a coffee!
We left Jen's house and headed for the Registry Office in Chesterfield Town Centre. Parking was a nightmare so Ellen dropped me off and I ran to the Office whilst she parked up. We met Steve and his Best man, who had only been told the night before and had his mobile confiscated (as had the bridesmaids). The Best man was his son by the way and he was the calmest Best man I have ever seen!
Jen arrived and Steve met her outside. This isn't the traditional thing but this wedding was as far away from tradition as you can get - although it did get back to more traditional ways later in the day.
Jen and Steve were married at 10.30am and after a few shots in side of them and their entourage we all left for the Casa Hotel. After a few shots there they went away and got changed before eating a sandwich lunch. They had also, by this time sent text messages to family and posted that they were married it on facebook. They turned all phones off and relaxed for the afternoon. During this time we prepared a small slideshow to show their guests later in the day. At 6pm they re-dressed in their dresses and suits and Jen & Steve departed for an hour whilst everyone arrived!
When they got back the applause and heckles were loud and well received. Everyone loved the slideshow we had hastily put together. During the evening we were on hand to capture some more photos of the evening as it progressed. Jen & Steve cut the cake, had a dance and did the traditional thing. We left them at 9.30pm feeling absolutely shattered... it had been as 14 hour day for us.
A few days later we received a lovely review on our facebook page from Jen & Steve.... it reads........
Anyway....here's some of the images we we took