When photographing weddings in Birmingham it is hard to think of two more iconic city centre wedding venues than St Phillips Cathedral and The Council House. I was lucky enough to be at both for the same wedding, for Trisha and Ian. However, it is not just the venue that makes a wedding successful – for me the most enjoyable weddings are the ones which just feel personal.
Trisha and Ian are both members of the congregation at St Phillips, and both have strong connections it, so the service there was a special one, with links with everyone from the congregation, the wardens and the clergy. The service was also memorable for me because of the particularly good selection of hymns and music (including a fantastic soloist from the Conservatoire). Photographically, as a venue it is also very good – with the renowned Burne-Jones windows overseeing everything.
Afterwards, dodging the showers, there was tea and cake at Cathedral before everyone wandered down to the Council House for the Reception drinks and wedding breakfast. Again, as a venue it is lovely to photograph in and around, and the space inside is great for the guests – two very large rooms, one for the meal, and the second was set up for the evening entertainment. Again music and personal connections were a common theme – an up and coming jazz pianist, Reuben James, and a Not The Blues Brothers performed for everyone, and both had strong connections to Trisha and Ian, making it all the more special.
It was a lovely day for both Trisha and Ian, and for all the guests who came into Birmingham to celebrate their wedding day.