WEST BRIDGFORD HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
LET’S TALK COVID WEDDING RESTRICTIONS
Olivia and Ian had such a stressful journey in the lead up to their wedding, Olivia contacted me back in early October about my availability to photograph her small Covid restricted wedding at Bridgford Hall in West Bridgford, the date was pencilled in for the 7th of November 2020.
Almost every day following my initial chat with Olivia the media were reporting that a second lockdown was coming, but no date had been leaked… yet.
31st of October and Boris announced that the second lockdown in the UK was going to become law on Thursday the 5th of November a few days before Olivia and Ian’s wedding. We were all gutted but for Olivia and Ian is was heartbreaking.
That weekend we all assumed that it was a no go and Olivia and Ian would have to wait until the lockdown is lifted to get married. But, the registrars at Bridgford Hall stepped up and contacted all the couples that would be affected by the new lockdown and managed to get everyone in before the Thursday lockdown.
We were back on for Wednesday the 4th of November – so let’s pick up the story on the morning of the wedding.
BRIDE AND HER POOCH GETTING READY FOR THE WEDDING
The day started for me with a little drive into Nottingham – one good thing about the lockdowns and restrictions is that the traffic is so much better during rush hours!
Olivia and her Mum were getting ready at the lovely Lace Market Hotel, normally parking would be a PITA but not today – I got to take my pick of the spaces.
When I arrived the flowers were being brought into the room and little Che (the dog) was having his buttonhole attached to his dog collar – such a good boi!
The morning was nice and relaxed, swing music on the Bluetooth speaker, a glass of bubbly for everyone and plenty of chat; which made my life much easier as I could snap away without people taking any notice.
Olivia had picked Leona Banton to do her make-up and hair (check out her Instagram); Olivia wanted a 1940’s style vibe to match her wedding dress. Leona did an amazing job and with a little help from Mum; the outfit was complete and we all headed off to Bridgford Hall in West Bridgford.
THE NERVOUS GROOM WAITING AT BRIDGFORD HALL
When I arrived at Bridgford Hall, Ian was pacing outside the building waiting to be called in, we had a little chat before a few guests arrived and as Olivia arrived we all headed inside.
BRIDE ARRIVES FOR THE WEDDING CEREMONY AT BRIDGFORD HALL
Once Ian and the few people allowed to witness the wedding ceremony were inside the registry office, Olivia arrived in the Old Rolls Royce with her Pooch Che and her Mum.
COVID WEDDING CEREMONY AT BRIDGFORD HALL
With the Covid restriction and the small ceremony room at Bridgford Hall, only 6 people (excluding the registrars) were allowed in the ceremony room; Olivia, Ian, Ian’s Mum and Dad, Olivia’s Mum and me – I even got a buttonhole!
The Covid-19 restrictions meant that we were all told to sit in a certain chair and to keep our distance from one another whilst the wedding ceremony was going on.
The ceremony was full of laughs and tears, it was quick – actually very quick, but because of the Covid restrictions, it was all about getting the legals done.
I was so pleased that Olivia and Ian managed to get married before lockdown 2 came into effect and even had a first dance in the park!
I know how gutted Olivia was when Boris announced the date of the new lockdown but, great credit needs to be given to the guys and girls at the West Bridgford registrar office who worked tirelessly to get so many couples booked in for their legal ceremonies before the new lockdown restrictions came in.
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Destination: Nottingham Wedding Photography | Wedding Venue: Bridgford Hall | Wedding Setting: Civil Registry Office