Jayne and Chris got in touch and asked me to shoot their Berties Elland wedding photography in April. Jayne is a Yorkshire lass and her wedding to Chris was all about coming back home to West Yorkshire. Their service was held in Jayne’s hometown of Brighouse, an area I knew well from as I grew up about 3 miles away in Mirfield! The wedding was at St Josephs R.C. Church in Brighouse and I’m still not sure if the Preist was joking or not when I introduced myself as the photographer and he told me he hated photographers and walked off. Either he’s got a very dry sense of humour or he really does hate photographers!
Despite the Priest not quite welcoming in the way I’m more used to, I was allowed to do my thing pretty much unrestricted during the service (phew) and after the wedding service we took the short trip to Elland to the reception venue of Berties. Berties is a bit of an Elland institution and is well known to everyone in the area thanks to their great food and beautiful venue. With Elland being a little visually challenging (it’s fair to say it’s not Yorkshire’s prettiest town) we went full on industrial for the couple photos, making the most of the gritty streets and metal shutters to grab something a little cooler. I love the shot of Jayne going all ‘power bitch’ on the steps at the back of a local newsagents! The wedding party then bust open a load of smoke grenades whilst we had a good laugh before the first dance.
With Chris kicking off the first dance by throwing Jayne backwards in a dramatic (and totally tongue in cheek) move that got the crowd whooping and cheering (and also created an amazing photo), the party was well underway as I made my way back over the Pennines.
A terrific wedding with a brilliant couple. Here’s Jayne and Chris’ Berties Elland wedding photography. Music by Foals, photos by me…
Berties Elland Wedding Photography
Berties La Cachette, Brook St, Elland, West Yorkshire HX5 9AW. 01422 371724