Some wedding venues are just so brilliant and unique. Others bring a quite a few challenges in terms of lighting and logistics. The Little Theatre in Bath was both of these.
The Little is a beautiful, independent arts cinema with 2 small auditoriums, nice coffee and cakes and I can remember going there to watch films when I was a child. I’ve photographed a few weddings there now and although it contains heaps of character with the old film posters and nostalgic feel with it’s 30’s architecture etc. it calls for extreme focus when it comes to photographing weddings there, especially on very contrasty, sunny days as was the case with Cheryl and Paul’s wedding.
There is absolutely no natural light inside the ceremony room (main auditorium) and just a couple of spots set up so I had to use supplementary lighting in the way of off camera flash and assistant. The most tricky element was repeatedly going from the very dark (but beautifully lit) interior to extremely bright and contrasty exterior with little or no time to change settings. I’m pleased to say that although stressful, the photos were great and very pleasing to get right in the adverse lighting conditions.
Cheryl and Paul were a great couple, very easy going, relaxed and happy! I’d met them a couple of times before the wedding to chat things over and we got on very well.They were a pleasure to spend the day with as were the whole wedding party.
From the Little Theatre we all walked up to The Parade Gardens in the centre of Bath which borders the river, Pulteney Bridge and weir. The group shots went very well and everyone headed up to The Guildhall, conveniently just around the corner for the reception.
The Banqueting Hall at the Guildhall is a palatial and gorgeous room with ample space for big weddings. As background music for the drinks reception there was a brilliant setup in the foyer which perfectly complimented the vintage feel to the wedding. 3 Gramaphones were set to play original jazz 78’s and were slightly amplified through a PA system to a decent volume. It had all the sound quality intended and was much more than just playing the same tracks on a cd player for instance…..it helped to create a brilliant atmosphere.
Link to Cheryl and Paul’s complete wedding collection.