Jess & Phil

A Peaky Wedding at The Venue

If you’re looking for a contemporary post-industrial venue for your day then meet Jess & Phil. Yet at The Venue, Halifax, the hard edged rooms with steel, red brick and wood were filled with emotive tears, giddy dancing, love and laughter too. If you love the idea of contemporary documentary wedding photography then this is the perfect party to take a look at.

 Bridal Preparations Before The Venue

Bridal preparations were at Jess’s house. Charlie, Jess & Phil’s son, was the centre of the action. As a documentary wedding photographer I want to tell an authentic story through the lens and the representation of family are intrinsic to that. Jess had a broach made for her bouquet – made by the lovely Frenchie Loves Flowers – with a photo of her mum who had sadly passed away. It said ‘walk with me mum’. It was so touching; details that I felt were important to capture. After the make up artist and hairdresser had put Jess’s veil in it was time to see dad, Chris. That was incredibly emotional, too, as Chris gave Jess a necklace from her mum. With the tears came the smiles and the laughter, as well! A couple more cuddles with Charlie and the bridesmaids and it was off to The Venue. 

Wedding Photography at The Venue, Halifax

The groomsmen went for a Peaky Blinders look so with an industrial alleyway on hand at The Venue we did a quick walkabout. A little larking about and a few laughs later it was onto the ceremony. Jess pulled up outside arms waving! Phil was waiting in the rustic, red brick ceremony room and the emotion flowed from one moment to the next as the bridal party walked down the aisle. The day and the photography flowed in the most natural way – from cheery reception drinks to a walk around the lake for Jess and Phil’s portraits. It was so simple and easy. With a bottle of champagne, a leather jacket and a leafy background – well, and an old shed as well – a quick wander made for some really relaxed wedding portraits. Even a few shots with the off camera flash I set up saw Jess and Phil just glide onto the dance floor and do a few first dance practice moves. I think they simply forgot the camera was there.

The laughter continued with the cutting of the cake – designed by the fabulous Amanda Earl – and the first dance was done all full of fun, wearing a fez and the feeling that this was just the best day ever. What an amazing couple!

If you like my wedding photography at The Venue then take a look at my pre-wedding shoot offer and get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!

couple holding hands
walking down the road together
face to face in the sunlight
kiss on a bridge
together in the woods
kiss before the wedding
couple cuddling on the bridge
looking out together over the water
dancing on the bridge
together on the bridge

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