It was an early weekend in May 2019. As I drove around Manchester and headed off to the edge of the Peak District just outside Glossop I was relishing the blue sky and warm spring air. I arrived at Peruga, a charming venue sat on a hillside overlooking Manchester and Cheshire and set up my cameras. There is a lovely stone courtyard at the front of the building, perfect for large group shots, a raised deck at the rear, complete with glass screens to keep the breeze off, and a large grassed area. The restaurant has full length glass windows on two aspects, which allow huge amounts of light into the room whilst offering spectacular views as you dine.
Everything was in place, the guests had arrived, the atmosphere had begun to build, and there was a buzz about the place. The Groom was in the ceremony room, speaking with Sophie and Sue, the local registrars. The curtains were closed to prevent him getting a peep at the Bride as she arrived, escorted in by her best friend and bridesmaids.
A quick glass of fizz whilst we awaited the Father of the Bride
There was a slight delay as we waited for a certain member of the bridal party to arrive. Normally you would expect this to be the Bride, but on this occasion, it was her Dad. He had misplaced something rather important and was busy trying to get it sorted out! But it allowed a little time for some more photos, and for the guests to become more acquainted.
The ceremony room was full, and standing room only at the back for this lovely couple. All eyes were on the bride as she led her bridesmaids and ring bearer down the aisle. A beautiful room, with a huge window at the front affording a magnificent backdrop to the service.
The Bride and Groom had written their own dedications to each other, and there were more than a few misty eyes in the room, including yours truly.
Once the formalities were completed, everyone took their turn at getting some snaps of the newlyweds.
I always enjoy photographing people taking photographs, they often offer up some really nice expressions whilst they are doing it.
Next came a drinks reception where the party really started. The music playing in the background had been carefully chosen by the Bride and Groom and it did not disappoint. It was right up my alley. There may have been a little boogeying as I walked about with my cameras.
As with many modern couples, the Bride and Groom had chosen to minimise the number of formal photographs taken, and were more inclined to have a documentary style photo collection which told the story of their day.
The wedding breakfast was served shortly after, consisting of a buffet style meal with some beautiful dishes from around the continent.
The meal was followed by the speeches. Some very interesting and at times hilarious tales recalled from the couple’s journey spanning from their first meeting to their wedding day.
Then it was all change for the evening entertainment. Live band XL5 who are an alternative 5 piece indie band from manchester. They hammered out some absolute belters. Not only was the dance floor full all nice, it was absolutely rocking!
As with all the weddings I photograph, at some point I have to finish work and go home. It was a real strain to leave this one as the party was in full swing. Wedding photography is such an awesome job. On days like this, it doesn’t actually feel like work. You get the best view in the house for most of the day and share the best day of someone’s life with them. And to cap it off, you even get to present the couple with the photographs which will remind them of this day forever. How cool is that?