Bailey and Joe started their reception with class: sipping champagne upstairs in their room at the Hope Club. It was a really nice time for them to share alone before the craziness of the party that followed, and after a few photos we left them in peace to enjoy the moment.
The Hope Club is a very cool and quite unusual venue. It reminds me a little of being on a large wooden ship, with its wood paneling and many nooks and crannies. It’s also an insanely tough venue to photograph – it has very little ambient light, and the dark walls and ceilings mean no place to bounce flash … so you can imagine my terror when I realized that the father of the bride speech was starting mid-dinner … earlier than scheduled, and before we had set up the external lights! Thank goodness for my Nikon D3S, a camera that can pretty much see in the dark! 🙂
We were a little more prepared for the rest of the speeches! I love how the cross light I set up created a shadow of Bailey’s sister on the wall next to her:
While the guests were finishing up dinner, I grabbed a few shots of the reception details. My fab assistant Charlotte added a video light in for these shots, and I love the effect:
After dinner we moved to another space for the first dances. There were some wonderful expressions …
And to end, some fun party shots. Thank you all for a wonderful evening, and for filling a gray day with such warmth and joy.