Stood on top of the banks of the Tyne, overlooking the City is the imposing Art Deco Vermont Hotel. It’s a stunning hotel and wedding venue, one that I love shooting at. Newcastle is the city of my birth and a place I am proud of. And from the roof of the hotel you get the best views of the city. So shooting there, for me, is always a pleasure! And Rachel and Cam’s Vermont Hotel Gatsby Wedding was no exception.
Whenever I’ve shot at The Vermont in the past it’s always been the brightest sunniest day! So when I headed there for Rach and Cam’s wedding I was quite pleased to see an overcast sky. It meant I’d get something a little different to what I’ve done in the past. But despite the overcast skies it was warm and quite sticky! We were having a bit of an Indian Summer.
Upstairs in one of the corner suites, Rachel was in the bedroom having her hair finished off. On the big four post bed hung the bridesmaids dresses and Rachel’s wedding dress. It was quiet and serene in the room. Next-door in the lounge it was a bit more manic as the bridesmaids and flower girls were frantically getting ready.
Downstairs in the bar Cam was enjoying a drink with his groomsmen. His mum was ordering a drink, turned to him and gave him a huge hug. I love capturing moments like that at weddings. With the pre wedding drinks finished everyone made their way downstairs ready for the ceremony.
Rachel jumped in the lift with her dad and made her way down ready for the ceremony. In the L-shaped room everyone was straining their necks to catch a glimpse of her before she came in. I love this room for ceremonies because the groom doesn’t see his bride until the very last moment. And the reactions are always special. Cam looked like the cat who got the cream!
The ceremony was a quick and simple one but wasn’t short of humour or tears! When it came to the part where the registrar asks if there’s any reason why they shouldn’t be married simultaneously Cam and Rachel looked over their shoulders to make sure nobody said yes!
After the ceremony we had a bit of time playing on the steps of the court house opposite the Vermont before venturing onto the High Level Bridge. I love shooting on there. There’s so many possibilities for shots. I love the mixture of stonework and ironwork and the odd splash of graffiti. It always makes wedding images a little special.
We were now ready for the wedding breakfast in the Ballroom. This is a stunning room packed full of art deco features and the decorations for the day on the tables etc fitted it perfectly The table names were named after Manchester United legends with favours of each guest’s favourite tipple.
The speeches were hilarious. Cam’s two best men were like Morecambe and Wise! A real double act who weren’t afraid to poke fun at Rachel as well as Cam! They finished their speech by expressing themselves via the medium of interpretive dance! If you’ve seen The Inbetweeners Movie, think about the dance routine in the nightclub!
After that it was time to relax. Sparklers in the evening, followed by the first dance. But the highlight for me was an impromptu moment with Rachel in front of the Court House. Waiting for some guests to arrive for some shots, the wind kept catching her veil so she began twirling around and wafting her veil around in the wind. These were some of my favourite shots of the day that have a real classical edge to them!
I cannot stress just what a fun day this was! A couple with a real zest for life, who didn’t just get married; they had an absolute blast in the process and I was lucky enough to be part of that day! AMAZING!!!!!!