Our day started at the wonderfully boutique Brooks Guesthouse, set in the heart of bustling urban Bristol. This cosmopolitan backdrop perfectly suited our soon to be wedded couple and their party; a fun gang of fit, slick and handsome guests.
Dani, our bride was very relaxed and effervescent at the top of her special day, as were her bridesmaids, Vicki, Dan The Man and Emma (aka Farmer) as we hung out at the hotel taking candid shots of hair and make-up being made good and outfits being assembled, before their transport arrived.The vintage VW Campervan bedecked with bunting roared up outside and we all shuffled inside. Our destination? The trendy Paintworks which provided another beautiful urban showcase. The groom and his handsome entourage bedecked in blue slim leg suits waited in the decked garden beneath red and fluttering bunting.
Dani was escorted by Russell’s Dad ‘Big Phil’. The truly beautiful bride, with her elfin white hair and big doe eyes, wore a white gown from Krystle brides in Bath was designed by Enzoani and she looked truly resplendent.Friends and family gathered in the informal yet twinkly setting and saw these two best friends take their vows. Yvette, Dani’s sister read a passage entitled ‘Marriage’ as the duo were indeed wed. Dani & Russell’s witty and creative personality’s were evident all around. The table decorations made quirky additions as goldfish were added as table centrepieces.
Most wedding cakes are notable and none more so than this as their good friend Emily had set herself the challenge of making a bride and groom to sit on top of their cake. However the challenge was to make them look like the cross-fitters the couple are. Not an easy task yet accomplished with some nerves and lots of style as it even included kettle bells too! Live folk music accompanied the party back in and the formalities began. Russell had chosen two best men in Luke and Mark and they delivered a well rehearsed speech. As is always the case at weddings, and memorable very much in this case, were the peels of laughter that circled through the Paintworks; this of course gives the documentary photographer plenty of opportunity to circle the room capturing shared moments.
Next up for the guests was a shisha garden; perfumed and flavoured tobacco (for those uninitiated, as I was!) which made for another Dani & Russell feature, allowing them to fully stamp their personality on their wedding.From the garden we could hear the band start up and many were ready with their dancing shoes. Not before the cross fit ladies had lifted their bride skyward in a show of their collective strength, which was pretty impressive. The Paintworks dance floor was well used by the time this photographer had left the building. Dani & Russell’s wedding was modern and stylish and full of personality and vibrancy, and one I’ll remember fondly for a long long time. It was a special day.
Huge congratulations to you both. Thanks for having me.