The Square Club in Bristol hosted the emotional and intimate wedding ceremony of Gavin & Helen in July 2020

Yes, yes, in July 2020. The month when the first weddings were allowed to take place in England since the Covid-19 related lockdown has begun in March 2020.

And by the way it was the first wedding in nearly 6 months for me. 

Gavin and Helen first booked me for the full day wedding photography coverage. But as the receptions were still not allowed in July in England and the couple decided that their wedding was going ahead anyway, I arrived to capture their intimate ceremony.  But not only the ceremony was documented; we also got the chance to get some candid fantastic portraits around the venue (located in Bristol center) too.

Gavin and Helen’s marriage ceremony at The square Club in Bristol was emotional as the ceremony usually is: with tears and laughing (omg, I was crying as well). As it is supposed to be when it is a marriage between two soulmates who are in love.

But there were few things that made the ceremony a bit different (due to Covid restrictions):

– the bride came down the aisle herself

– chairs were placed in a special way to keep social distancing during the ceremony

– registrars were wearing face shields ( and me – face mask)

– group shots were taken with everybody keeping the 1 meter distance between them

– guests had to sign some papers with terms and conditions when entering the venue (I am assuming a kind of agreement that they are attending this wedding at their own risk, etc, etc).

– no hugs happened between guests and newlyweds

– max 30 guests were allowed to witness the ceremony (which was not so bad – I’ve read that many registry offices allow only 4-8 persons to present).

 

I need to say that all these restrictions don’t spoil the wedding atmosphere at all, they are just a part of new normality. They are some little additions and differences that are added to the big day.

Please feel free to contact me if you are planning to get married during these uncertain times. 

I perfectly understand that big weddings may not take place for a while, so I have introduced a special Ceremony only package for small weddings and elopements in Bristol and South Wales.