Claire McClean Photography

Victoria Hall and Saltaire Church Colourful Wedding

Ceremony at Saltaire United Reformed Church

Beth and Ben’s wedding day kicked off at the beautiful Saltaire United Reformed Church. The building is so striking, it’s a really unusual shape for a church that I have never seen before. Apparently, Titus Salt wanted the entrance of the church to perfectly face Salts Mill just opposite, so when his workers left they could walk straight into a place of worship. There is so much history tied into all the buildings here in Saltaire, and the church is definitely one of my favourites. They even have an album where they have a photo of every person who got married there, so I better get sending them an email!

The colours in the Church are so wonderful to photograph, and the priest is such a lovely man who really let me get the shots I needed. The ceremony was so heartfelt, and the groom couldn’t help shed a tear when the bride walked down the aisle. Understandable as she looked amazing!

Led to the Reception by a Mariachi Band

Beth & Ben had the most amazing idea of having a traditional mexican Mariachi Band walk them and all their guests over to their reception venue, Victoria Hall. Since their honeymoon was planned for Mexico, they wanted to intertwine different aspects of it into the day. As we walked through the streets all the people of Saltaire were looking out their windows and stopping in the street to join in the fun. I’ve never seen so many smiles on people’s faces. Even the cars that stopped didn’t seem to mind, they just waved and congratulated them as they went by. It really set the mood for the whole day, and got all of the guests in a dancing mood for cocktail hour.

Reception at Victoria Hall Saltaire

When I say I was infatuated by Victoria Hall, I mean it. I shot soooo many images on this day because I was just in love with it as a venue. The colours remind me so much of Wes Anderson, particularly Grand Budapest Hotel and the Mendl’s packaging. The soft blue and pink mixed with bright red and orange made for such an amazingly colourful reception, lovingly dressed by Hyde Park Flower Club and the couple. Even their banner matched the colour theme, made by the infallible Banner Department.

After their mexican themed wedding breakfast, the couple had their first dance surrounded by their loved ones. I really wanted to make the most out of having the amazing balcony and intricate ceiling, so I decided to set up some off camera flashes and shoot the first dance from up there. Man, was it worth it. I love getting shots that are different from the ‘norm’, and the first dance shot is one of my faves from this day. Here are a few kind words from the lovely B&B themselves:

Fabulous documentary style wedding photography. Claire blended into our day and captured real moments (whilst we didn’t realise she was even there). Our couples shoot was so considered and saw us wondering around our venue and surrounding areas to get unique shots. Not your run of the mill wedding photographer!

Beth & Ben

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