04 Jun Bradford Town Hall Wedding
Bradford Town Hall Wedding //Erin & Indy
I first met Erin when she was bridesmaid for Vicki, who’s wedding I photographed in London back in 2011 (you can see Vicki and Rick’s London wedding here). Fast forward to May 2013 and I find myself making the (very long) journey to Bradford to photograph Erin and Indy’s day, having been promised all the curry and Belgian waffles I can eat (who wouldn’t travel 260 miles for that?!). Erin got ready at the stunning Midland Hotel, steeped in history, covered in beautiful Victorian tiles, and boasting famous guests including Laurel and Hardy, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Dracula creator, Bram Stoker. It was good to see Vicki again, who was on bridesmaid duty, and the girls got ready aided by Buck’s Fizz and tea (Erin’s favourite tipple, a girl after my own heart). Erin had a lovely knee length dress and some rather fantastic plastic Vivienne Westwood ‘Melissa’ shoes, which had a very familiar smell, and after much deliberation we concluded was 1980’s girls’ favourite plastic figure, Strawberry Shortcake. All showing our age here. On to Bradford registry office, where Indy was waiting for his bride. Erin walked in to one of my favourite songs, ”Prettiest Eyes”, by the sadly disbanded ”The Beautiful South”. The ceremony was short, very sweet and followed by confetti and congratulations. Next was a pit stop at Glyde House, beautifully decorated by Rachel at Simply Vintage, for some champagne and canapés, before going over the road to Omar Khan‘s for some very fine curry. Suitably fortified by delicious food and Cobra, it was back to Glyde House for a sit down afternoon tea and champagne, interspersed with speeches. Erin had made gingerbread people for every guest, which doubled up as their place name, and there were more amazing cupcakes than you could shake a stick at. Yum. Evening guests trickled in and enjoyed cake, fizz, Jenga and the aforementioned Belgian waffles. The evening kicked off with Erin and Indy cutting their truly original cake, which featured the couple as zombie killers, complete with slain victims and blood dripping down the cake. I have never seen such an original creation and doubt anything will top it. Everyone gathered round for the first dance, and whilst they began to perform a coy shuffle to Kylie and Jason’s ”Especially for You”, the guests eyed each other nervously. Unsurprisingly, this was not to be their first dance, and as the record screeched to a halt and some Bangla came on, Erin and Indy performed a pretty flawless Bollywood dance. A brilliant day up in Bradford for Erin and Indy’s wedding, favourites are below.