Like most wedding professionals this year has been extremely tough, as we have had to cope with the impact of Corona Virus. I had a pretty full diary for 2020, most weekends I should have been photographing at least one wedding especially throughout the peak wedding season, unfortunately Covid reared it's ugly head and all those plans went up in the air. Luckily I have managed to rebook the majority of weddings for dates next year, but obviously that means that fewer dates for new bookings are available, but please contact me as I still have a number of peak dates free as a number of the rebookings are moving to out of season dates. Anyway I'm waffling, and the point of this post was to tell you about a wedding I recently did under the "new normal"!
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a couple who had, had to cancel their wedding twice due to lockdown, and they were keen to get married as soon as lockdown was lifted regardless of the restrictions, this was on the Wednesday and the wedding was to be on that Saturday, and they just wanted the wedding ceremony covering and a few shots afterwards. That was perfect for me as I had ANOTHER free Saturday, and it was great to get the cameras out again.
The wedding was to be at St Thomas's in Lancaster, so I arrived at the venue promptly half an hour before the ceremony, only to find a padlock on the Church gates, panic sets in had I got the right church? Luckily a gentleman in a suit turns up who advised that they could only the gates about 15 minutes before the ceremony due to the restrictions! They were only allowed 30 guests and they soon started to arrive. I normally take shots of the wedding rings prior to the ceremony, but again due to the restrictions I didn't think that this was an option as i would have to touch the rings!!
Anyway the Vicar was brilliant and allowed me to do as I pleased in terms of moving around the church for the ceremony, obviously observing social distancing, all the guests were spread around the church within their own social bubbles, they weren't allowed to sing along with any of the hymns/songs instead two very talented singers lead the celebrations from the front of the church.
After the ceremony we took some shots outside the church trying to observe social distancing, but it is difficult and you have to accept that you maybe cannot get all the normal shots that you would get, so you have to be creative. Hopefully as the weeks pass, and corona virus cases dwindle we may be able to get back to normal, that saying this was a lovely wedding and and the couple had the people closest to share it with them, and I think we got some great shots, that hopefully they will look upon with fondness in years to come.
Like I said I'm still taking bookings for the end of this year and 2021 and 2022, so please get in touch on 07900 550231 and [email protected] to discuss your wedding!