So when I got a message from my former choir-buddy Andrew that his friends were looking for a photographer and they were not fans of your typical wedding photography, I was delighted. When we met we got on great – they were just both so adorable and they didn’t seem to mind my excited Scottish gibberish when telling me about their plans, which is always a good sign.
Jack and Tom chose the West Mill in Derby as their venue– a beautifully restored Grade 1-listed mill, situated on the banks of the Derwent. I was so pleased – I couldn’t wait to photograph a wedding there, because it looked very cool! Looking back there’s so many things I love about this wedding, and so many memories that make me smile. The double-pass on the confetti run; the naked rugby calendar that was introduced during the speeches; Jack’s serenading of Tom, which was like ‘that’ doorstep scene in Love Actually, crossed with every West End musical ever; and probably some of the best dancing I’ve ever seen at a wedding! This lot knew how to party! Their swing band Mandy and The Midnight Swingers were fantastic – I loved their swing interpretations of modern songs, and their take on Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” provided some very memorable dance moves.
Everything about this day was amazing – from their friends who provided a choral accompaniment in the ceremony, to the incredible band, to the venue itself. Jack’s an actor, and lots of their friends are actors, which means… well, I think these pictures speak for themselves. Having said that, Tom was just as cool in front of the camera too, and everyone was super happy. So I think the mad LIPA bunch were just in good company!
Special thanks to the very talented Matt Warrington for shooting with me. On a day when so much was going on, and I didn’t want to miss a single shot, having my pal Matt with me was perfect.
Tom and Jack, your wedding was an absolute joy to shoot – so once again, congratulations! I hope to see you both again x