Bristol Registry Office Wedding Photography – Jason & Rachel

Rachel first contacted me in autumn of 2019 having seen a comment on a local Facebook group.  She had requested any recommendations for local wedding photographer and sifting through the comments, contacted me to arrange a meeting.

We arranged a date to meet up the following week. I knew where Rachel lived as a friends of Lisa’s lives almost opposite; an excellent conversation starter!

We discussed her wedding plans in details for April 2020 and went through a rough batting order for the day. Ceremony, confetti, group photo with the drone, speeches, evening entertainment. It was going to be a big wedding and the venue (Tortworth Court) had plenty of space to accommodate the guests.  The ceremony was due to take place in the Orangery which is essentially a huge glasshouse. It’s spectacular for photography as the lighting is perfect and evenly lit throughout.

We chatted about the video options for the day and I left to let her have a chat with Jason and come back to me.

A few days later Rachel confirmed I was booked. All went quiet until I made contact to arrange to drop over one evening with Lisa to go through the final plans.  That was early January 2020.  The meeting went well and the final details were all confirmed and we were really looking forward to their day.

It soon became clear the the world was changing rapidly as Covid loomed. The wedding date was going to be delayed. October 2020 which was the revised date came and went and then out of the blue, I received news of a new date. 22nd December 2020 consisting of 15 people within the current restrictions. Yet again, the big wedding was on hold and put back to a blessing at a later date. This small ceremony was going to be the replacement. After a quick chat over the plans, the date went in the calendar.

The wedding morning was grey and cold not uncommon for December. I arrived at Bristol Registry Office 30 minutes early as I wanted to get some photos of the Lantern Room with well spaced guests chairs. ‘Photographer’ gave me a clue where to stand! The perfect spot! The one way system in the building was straightforward and with only one other wedding that day, the venue was quiet.

Jason and the best man arrived first followed by some family. Rachel arrived with her Dad and after the standard meetings, the ceremony began. The couple read their vows and the ceremony was done. After some family photos on the steps of the Registry Office in light rain, a fleet of taxis took us to The Ivy where a private room had been set aside for a meal. 

Rachel indicated she was going to say a few words so I set up my spare camera ready for video. I recorded both her and Jason’s lovely speeches and it was well worth recording!  After their meal and despite it being dark and raining, the couple still wanted to go ahead with the pre-planned photos with the Clifton Suspension Bridge. With the best man holding my flash, we walked to the viewing area near the Avon Gorge Hotel. Then it was a walk up the steep wet path in the dark to the Observation Tower with its views of the bridge. After a few photos we headed back in the rain. My thanks goes out to Macca the best man for helping carry some kit!

The wedding produced around 300 photos and a video of the speeches. It was a lovely, small intimate wedding with the closest family and friends that mattered most to them. 

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