I first met Rowena and Frank one winter night in January. It was cold and dark but the Ramada, Southport was warm and cozy all ready for a meeting to talk about a wedding. They filled me in with all their wonderful ideas and family concerns they had about the big day but it was a great first meeting and I was excited to be a part of their wedding.
May arrived and the big day came closer, and closer. Although they had been engaged for a while they hadn’t lost any excitement about finally tying the knot. It was the week glorious sunshine and torrential rain but Saturday came and it was dry, well so far. Rowena was getting ready with all but one of her bridesmaids in a lovely room with a wall of windows on one side so you could look over the river and out to the sea. Hair and makeup was being put on, panicked phone calls from other halfs came and went, torrential rain poured, glasses of Prosecco were being poured and handed around, shoes were flying along with jewellery but everything stopped for a moment when Rowena put on her wedding dress.
Frank was downstairs sorting guests and keeping calm but all too quickly the moment had arrived and everyone filtered into the now sun drenched room the ceremony would take place in. The whole room turned and looked as Rowena was walked down the aisle by her son, Frank beamed as his bride smiled at him. This was the moment they had waited 5 years for. The whole day had a party atmosphere, a celebration with family and friends both old and new.
Rowena and Frank had planned many surprises one of them being singing waiters just after the meal had finished. I have never experienced it before and it was rather fun. Family members were up dancing, swinging serviettes around their head and singing along.
Thankfully the rain subsided and the sun came out meaning we could utilise the lovely surroundings and take photos next to the river and along the pier. I had such a great day photographing this wedding, the couple were wonderful and the weather cooperative.