We expected big things from this wedding, safe to say it promised a lot. Any couple whose Engagement Shoot (viewable here) involved horizontal public displays of affection and hijacking a bus will probably be set on having a lot of fun at their wedding; Naomi and Adam certainly were. If any law enforcement officers happen to be reading this, I must clarify that we actually politely asked a driver if we could take some photos on his empty bus… we are henceforth referring to this experience as “hijacking a bus” as it makes us all sound edgy.
Onto the wedding, myself and Steph arrived bright and early to the gorgeous Davenport Green Hall in leafy Cheshire. There were so many unique elements to this day, not least that the Bride and Groom already have the same surname! The morning was relaxed, full of laughter. Naomi got ready with her nearest and dearest girls in the wonderful cottage. Before we knew it, the time had come for Ms. Samuels to become… Mrs. Samuels.
First there was a traditional Bedeken ceremony, one of our favourite parts of the day to photograph, as it’s the first time the Bride sees the Groom. This ceremony took place on a bridge over a small pond, surrounded by trees. The ceremony was gorgeous, all outdoors under a totally unique and vibrant Chuppah next to a fallen oak tree… this was fairytale stuff. As soon as the ceremony ended, the heavens opened – it was as if someone upstairs was holding back until the right moment!
The rest of the day was full of giggles, everyone had a wonderful time. It was great as ever to work with the brilliant So Sinatra, a man who really knows how to work a crowd, and who privately serenaded Mr. and Mrs. Samuels before the evening celebrations begun. On the scene in the evening were Storm, a hugely entertaining showband led by Sara and Chris, they’re always great to work with and really had an amazing rapport with all the guests. In the middle of their set came a big surprise, as the awesome Urban Jokers took to the dancefloor, with flips, tricks, sidesplittingly funny routines, and a gender-based dance-off between anyone with the surname of Samuels! It was also our pleasure to work alongside videographer Murray Ludwig for the first time.
This was a great day and an awesome night. Thank you Naomi and Adam for being so warm, so welcoming, and so brilliant as a couple. We felt like old friends through the entire process and enjoyed every second! Here are a few of our favourite shots from an early glance…