One of the really great things about our line of work is the sheer variety of places we get to see. We see weddings in stately homes, castles, fantastic country hotels, venues that are rustic, urban, grand and homely. In August, we photographed a really great wedding which itself was a little different, but was also held a venue with a truly unique feel to it. Ami and Anthony booked us earlier this year and had chosen Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.
As usual, Sarah and I did a ‘split’ morning, with me covering Ami’s preparations at her parents home in Sutton Coldfield. Sarah met up with the ‘boys’ at the Norton Grange building in the Twycross grounds.
As Ami and Anthony were including several traditional Hindu elements, the running order of the day was a little different to what we normally encounter. Both the bride and groom took part in separate smaller ceremonies prior to the main marriage service, with Sarah and I covering one of them each.
The main Hindu wedding ceremony itself was entirely new to us and lasted about 90 minutes. The priest however, was very friendly and took as many opportunities as possible to explain to everyone the reasons for what was happening. Fascinating to watch and fun to photograph.
Following the end of the Hindu ceremony, the drinks reception began over at the main Norton Grange house. Here we got the formal group photos completed before taking Ami and Anthony off for a short time around the zoo, accompanied by a really helpful member of staff who looked after our bags while we got to work.
Later in the afternoon, the legal civil ceremony took place. This was much shorter than the Hindu service, but still had a lovely atmosphere and felt quite different to the earlier service.
The wedding breakfast took place in the ‘Windows On The Wild’ event room and consisted of several courses of delicious Indian food. We were very kindly sat with the guests which meant we could enjoy the meal and soak up the atmosphere. Lovely food and a really nice group of people with which to share the meal with.
Following the meal came the speeches and we then took the couple off again for the second of their ‘couple’ sessions around the zoo grounds. On this particular day, the zoo was open to the public until quite late in the evening, but not once did we encounter any issues while taking pictures. Everyone we came across were wishing the couple well and staying “out of the way” as we took pictures. The brooding weather from earlier in the day had given way to a much softer, almost pastel feel for the evening and we were lucky enough to get a sunset backdrop as we neared the end of the photo session.
Despite our tired feet, we absolutely loved working on Ami and Anthony’s wedding. A really big thank-you to them both for looking after us on the day.