When Selina & Stephen first told me of their wedding plans for a fusion of Chinese and British cultures, it sounded amazing. I really hoped they would invite me to be their Wollaton Hall wedding photographer. I admit feeling a little jealous though when I heard that Selina was not planning the traditional door games for Stephen. This is where the groom and his party arrive to collect the bride and before doing so, the bridesmaids devise a series of challenges to make sure the groom is worthy. You see, when I got married I had to endure this so I felt it was only fair that Stephen suffer…erm I mean enjoy this important Chinese tradition! Thankfully (for everyone else) by the time their wedding date, door games were back on the plans! Hurrah!
My team & I arrived at the family home early in the morning where Selina and her bridesmaids were getting ready. I was told that Selina was very chilled and it was true. Soon though the boys arrived and after a short wait. The games….were on! Stephen had to answer a series of questions about Selina. Each getting harder than the last. Get it wrong and the guys got a forfeit. These ranged from a simple “Drink this random liquid” through to pass this orange around without using your hands. My favourite forfeit had to be when all the guys had to put on adult nappies then write “Stephen loves Selina” with a pen using their teeth on another nappy! I was laughing so much I’m surprised my photos weren’t shaky!
The guys passed the tests with flying colours and soon Stephen went to collect Selina and performed the traditional Chinese tea ceremony with the family elders. A few photos in the garden then we were off to Wollaton Hall for the English wedding ceremony.
Selina arrived looking absolutely stunning whilst Stephen was outside the back receiving some last minute wise words from his groomsmen. The ceremony itself can only be described as emotional. There were many tears shed and not just by the happy couple.
After the ceremony the guests went for some welcome drinks in the Orangery whilst we spent some time at Wollaton for couples photographs. Despite the fact it was the end of October, a mild autumn meant there were still some fantastic colours in the trees. Selina & Stephen had asked me specifically for some “Haduken photographs” which is based on a popular arcade game I grew up playing. I’ve never tried this sort of photoshopping before but I think the results turned out very well!
A traditional chinese banquet was held at Mr Mann’s just around the corner from Wollaton Hall. It’s been quite some time since I had my favourite dish, Shark’s fin soup. Wedding speeches were after the banquet followed by the first dance. Before we left, I took the opportunity to make a few final night time portraits in the restaurant gardens. We left after one of the longest weddings of the year but the hard work was certainly worth it.
Here are a very small selection from Selina & Stephen’s Wollaton Hall wedding. I hope you like them.