The nuptials of Enrique and Nicola will always stand out for me. In particular this was one of the most creative wedding ceremonies I have ever had the pleasure of photographing.
This occasion was very close to home for me down at Artington House – Guildford’s register office. The pair come from very different backgrounds; whilst Nicola is a British native, Enrique is Spanish-born, and as such they had a very interesting ceremony with a lot of creative influences.
I must praise Enrique and Nicola for their efforts in making everything perfect – with making being the operative word here! The pair clearly have artistic blood in them and went to the painstaking effort of creating all of their own table decorations and food. I love a wedding with a personal touch and Enrique and Nicola’s was just that.
Keeping it in the family, then, Enrique chose to arrive on his own motorcycle (and couldn’t have looked happier doing so!) whilst Nicola arrived in an old timer which belonged to a family member. Travel was quite the challenge for the couple’s guests, and Enrique’s entire family flew in from Spain. Thankfully, they were accommodated for and the entire ceremony was conducted bilingually.
Nicola and Enrique – creative wedding experts!
Nicola showed her creative wedding flair once again by choosing to get married in a non-white dress. Hers was a teal number with yellow hems, which matched the pair’s homemade table decorations perfectly. Every family member had a role to play too, with the youngsters taking on the role of ring bearers. After a lovely ceremony, I switched from reportage mode to formal mode and invited everybody outside for some group photographs outside the register office.
Later on we journeyed to the local village hall with the newly-married couple in tow in the old timer. It was here that I managed to capture a tricky but worthwhile group shot using a ladder in the venue’s gardens. This was certainly a very jovial moment and the family dog even jumped on board for a shot!
The pair enjoyed a toast outside their wedding car before we proceeded to take the essential couple portraits. This took no longer than 10 minutes as they were so easy to work with, and I decided to round off my shoot with a photo of two champagne glasses in the grass. This was something of a creative shot and really summed up the tone of the whole occasion.
With creative wedding ceremonies like Enrique and Nicola’s, it just goes to show that your big day can be as memorable as you like, whatever your timescales or budgets. Enrique and Nicola were true artists and a joy to work with, and I wish them the very best in their marriage.