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BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL WEDDING

LAURA & NICK’S GATSBY INSPIRED DAY

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Bride and groom together outside Birmingham Town Hall

“Thanks so much for these, they are wonderful!”
” Thanks very much to both of you! Rob and Sarah you were a pleasure to work with!!!”

When Laura and Nick first came to us, they told us of their plan for a stylish wedding at Birmingham Town Hall. They wanted captured the grandeur of venue and their “Great Gatsby”-inspired styling, but above all, they wanted the photos to be about them and their guests – the candid, documentary-style photography that we’re known for.

Birmingham Town Hall has only recently become known as a wedding venue. Built in the 1830’s and situated on Victoria Square right in the heart of the city centre, the Town Hall is better known for hosting concerts and shows. We’ve been to several events there ourselves and have always been impressed by the place. From the exterior Roman-style architecture to the enormous pipe organ which dominates one end of the cavernous interior, Birmingham Town Hall stands out as one of the grandest and most recognisable buildings in the city.

Both bride and groom had dressing rooms. Laura used the rather lovely Hansom Suite (named after architect Joseph Hansom, of ‘Hansom Cab’ fame). We even got a dressing room ourselves – a handy place to keep some of our equipment. A thoughtful touch from the couple 🙂 Laura and Nick entire day was held at the Town Hall, with a civil wedding ceremony taking place on the main stage.

Amy and Amanda of Ava Event Styling brought the venue to life with their floristry, decoration and lighting. The Town Hall looked absolutely stunning, with an ambience that changed through the course of the day.

Aside from the visual aesthetics, music also was an integral and important part of Laura and Nick’s day. With the ceremony taking place in front of the Town Hall’s vast pipe organ, it seemed appropriate to have the instrument feature. Organist Nicholas Morris played several pieces before and during the ceremony and it was wonderful to hear the organ resonating through the hall in a way that no amplified music ever could. Live tunes continued through the drinks reception, where jazz band Silk Steet provided a classy, laid-back musical backdrop as everyone mingled and enjoyed the drinks and canapés. And finally, as the evening party kicked in, the 8-piece band Fully Funktional took to the stage. They were simply fantastic – definitely up there with the best acts we’ve seen. We love to see live music at weddings and eclectic range during Laura and Nick’s day really worked well.

Unlike most of the wedding venues we’ve seen, The Town Hall doesn’t have any ‘grounds’ as-such – but its unique location provides no shortage of great locations for photos. Instead of gardens and landscaping we had at our disposal the wonderful stonework and architecture that surrounds Victoria Square.

It’s quite an achievement to host of wedding of this size and still make it feel personal, but Laura and Nick managed to do so brilliantly. Everything was planned and timed so well, it was not only an absolute pleasure to work on but also to be part of. A really big thank you Laura and Nick. Enjoy the pictures…

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