Birmingham City Center Wedding Day at Austin Court: Tina & Damien
26 | 02 | 18 Filed in: Wedding Shoots
I photographed a unique wedding last September in Birmingham city centre. Everything was extremely well-planned, with the day starting at the opulent Malmaison Hotel. Before starting to get ready herself, Tina helped Damien get ready in a rather fetching suit and some rather swanky wedding shoes that I wouldn't mind a pair of myself. Damien then headed downstairs to spend some time in the hotel bar with the arriving family and friends.
Then it was Tina's turn to get ready all with a glass of champagne. Tina's dress is one of the most stunning I've photographed. I'm a big fan of wedding dresses that have a simple elegance to them. The detailing on the shoulders of the dress was amazing.
There were many things that stood out on Tina and Damien's wedding day, one of them being the method of transport to the venue - it started with a walk through the Mailbox itself, Tina in her wedding dress elegantly gliding past all the Saturday shoppers. Followed by a trip up the canal in a narrowboat! The Mailbox allowed for some great contemporary urban shots. I particularly love the picture of Tina ascending an escalator like a mini reveal.
The short narrowboat trip was great fun, and I’m pleased to report nobody ended up in the water during those slightly dicey moments of embarkation and debarkation. We were even accompanied by flock of swans - the other collective noun turns out to be “lamentation”, but that doesn’t seem appropriate for a wedding day, so just file that one away in case it comes up in a pub quiz!
The sun came out for the final stroll to Austin Court itself, where the stage was literally set for a wonderful wedding. The ceremony room itself is a great theatre-style modern space with plenty of room for me to get those all-important shots. After a heartfelt exchange of vows and rings, laughter from the wedding guests courtesy of a rather entertaining Birmingham registrar, and the signing of the register itself done, we all made our way outside for everyone to enjoy champagne and confetti.
Then it was back inside Austin Court for the newly-married couple to enjoy a lovely meal with their guests. There was a delicious-looking holiday-themed cake to admire, and some very entertaining speeches. I then spirited Damien and Tina outside for some pictures in the sunshine in and around Gas Street Basin. Maybe you hadn’t considered this to be an awesome setting for a wedding portrait shoot, but the pictures speak for themselves; it certainly is.
We returned to the venue for some fun group shots with the bridesmaids and the rest of the guests - I love it when these aren’t too formal, and you can see everyone having a great time. There was even an impromptu and unexpected 'Oops Upside Your Head' dance on Austin Courts balcony.
Before we all knew it, it was time for the evening celebrations to begin. There was a fab live band called Junction 2 who played some great music and got everyone onto the dance floor to strut their stuff well into the night.
Very many congratulations to Tina and Damien, and thanks for making me a part of your stylish urban Austin Court wedding!