Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Alex and Ed at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Late in 2010, Alex contacted me about shooting her wedding. She had heard about me through the amazing and stylish blog Love My Dress and was really excited to tell me about her day. At our next meeting I met Ed and I could just see straight away how perfect they were for each other. They both have such enthusiasm for life and hold friends and family very close to their heart and their wedding plans reflected this perfectly.

It was a blend of styles as Alex chose a beautiful vintage style Jenny Packham gown and Rachel Simpson shoes to contrast with the ultra modern building of The Baltic. It worked perfectly...set off by miles of handmade paper chains and mini Christmas trees of course!

There were two stand out moments of the day for me, which placed this wedding as one of the best weddings I've ever shot. The first was during the service. I was carefully watching and shooting Alex as she enthusiastically joined in with the singing. Every now and then she would look up and beam widely as someone. I moved to the front of the church to find that it was her three sisters who had matching wide smiles and I've never seen a family look more happy for each other! The second moment was later on that evening, Alex and Ed had organised a good old fashioned sing-song around the piano. After getting some close-ups I took a step back and watched from the balcony. It was just so lovely to see all Alex and Ed's friends and family join in and I could definately feel the love in the room! To me this is what a wedding is all about, love, family and friends.

After the wedding I received a lovely email from Alex ...

I am back at work now and suffering from major back to school blues. I am in mourning for the wedding! I can't believe how much we loved the whole day. The one thing that's keeping me going is being able to keep going back on your website and having a look through the photos again to relive it all! So many people have said to me that they're the best wedding photos they've ever seen - how unusual they are and what a brilliant photographer you are. I work in a TV and film company and yesterday some of the senior members of the film departmnet were saying the photos make it look like we had a cinematic art director setting them up, creating lighting etc. You are just so talented - so glad we found you!

Winter weddings can sometimes be very tricky when you don't have any natural light to play with so I was really pleased!

I would like to thank Alex and Ed for choosing me to be part of their special day. It was an honour and I throughly enjoyed myself.

Huge thanks to my lovely husband Neil McGowran for assisting me.

http://www.karenmcgowranphotography.co.uk/


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4 comments:

Dirk van der Werff said...

First class images Karen - amongst your best!

Purple Peacock said...

Agreed Karen, your work is so inspiring and I love this wedding, very memorable! x x x

Karen McGowran said...

Thank you, it was a fantastic day!

Michelle said...

Wow, what a stunning bride...and her party! THis wedding is A-mazing. One of my favourites, so well shot. Loving your work lady. Michelle x