Gosh darn it I love weddings and this was a peach of a wedding earlier this year at St Georges’ Theatre Great Yarmouth. I hadn’t seen much St George’s theatre wedding photography on the internet prior to my visit with a superb thespian and singing couple combo but wow, what a location, looking through the photographs below I’ve revisited what a fab place to get married this very old theatre was-great choice guys!
I started the morning with my second photographer Pete, visiting the bridal preparation HQ in a village, I’ve now forgotten the name of, somewhere near Great YarmouthThe groom had got there ever so slightly before we arrived by way of the delivery/production of the lovely photobook pictured below. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere everyone was enjoying themselves and we were introduced to the lovely wedding film maker Mike Savory whose company we were to enjoy throughout the day.
I’d got to know the bride and her family at her cousin’s wedding, and had met up again with father of the bride to give him some photography training, and the happy couple for an engagement shoot in the previous year. It’s always great to know a little about the family and bride and groom you’re photographing prior to a big day, provides extra personal investment and gives you great motivation to strive your hardest for some lovely wedding photographs.
Bridal preparation went without hitch, the lovely Emily from LoveMoiMakeup providing make up in the kitchen whilst hair was being crafted in the lounge. The father of the bride and mother of the bride took in most of the preparations which was lovely as it made for a lovely family and friends environment and allowed me to picture both looking relaxed, sharing the preparations. Meanwhile Pete had made his way to the theatre in the centre of Great Yarmouth to meet the boys, who were at this time getting ready in the theatre’s dressing room a very apt environment for two very theatrically orientated guys.
As well as the bride’s Irregular Choice shoes, and the wonderful colour combinations chosen for the guys suits and bridesmaids dresses, the wedding party bore paper flowers and button holes decorated in musical notation. This was a nod again to their music and theatre loves and as always with great works of origami, the bouquets, and button holes looked stunning.
On another note, it soon became apparent that the bride was wearing the biggest natural smile I’d seen for quite some time all morning. I nicknamed it the Disney Princess smile simply because it outshone many of the princesses I’ve seen: as a father of two daughters I’ve had my fair share of Moana, Elsa and Anna, Rapunzel etc. It often becomes apparent with a bride and groom that there’s some small similarity between them that almost gives some clue as to how they gel together and without a doubt there’s a commonality between this bride and grooms smiles, both big, both beaming, like a mirror image of each other, and of course not bad to photograph 😉
After a short camper van ride to the Theatre where everyone was waiting surrounded by a beautiful panoramic room the bride stepped out like the main performer with her dad and made her way to the front of the room short of the stage for the wedding ceremony. Two members of the bridal party, a bridesmaid and the best man sang beautiful songs during the service and register signing before everyone headed outside to the theatre’s cafe for hot chocolate, biscuits and more. As the theatre is in the centre of the town we took some couple’s photographs in the building itself before heading to the North of Great Yarmouth beach for some photographs on the beach. It’s fair to say that the weather took a turn at this point with the wind starting to blow icy cool across the sea just as we arrived at the beach. Not wanting to squander the time or opportunity we rather hurriedly made our way to the beach front for some photographs before beating a retreat back to the warmth of the camper van for the return trip to the theatre.
Great speeches, food and sweet tables followed, with a few photographs around the big Love letters on the theatre’s stage before the evening began with a great first dance and a full dance floor for the evening. A superb day for a superb super couple. I hope you like a small selection of the images as below.