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30 James Street Wedding Photography | Jen and Rich


30 James Street Wedding Photography

Night lit portrait in the doorway of 30 James Street Hotel

Night lit portrait in the doorway of 30 James Street Hotel

30 James Street is a wedding photographer’s dream.  It is a building steeped in history because it was once the home to White Star Line, the company behind the Titanic which is why it goes by the name “Home of the Titanic”.  When the Titanic sank it was announced to the world and the people gathered on The Strand from one of the balcony’s on the front of the building. The day started off with Jennifer and her bridesmaids getting ready at her home in Crosby and Richard getting ready in one of the swanky rooms at 30 James Street. As part of our double photographer package we were able to photograph both Jen and Rich getting ready - I was with Jen for the morning, shooting the hustle and bustle at her home, whilst Emma was with Rich in one of the swanky 30 James Street rooms capturing the groomsman preparations on the morning.

Matrimonial Wedding

From the mornings preparation we headed to Jen's family church in Crosby; St Peter and St Paul's Catholic Church. Jen and Rich had arranged the guests to travel from 30 James Street to the Church in a red London bus! which was fab! Emma travelled with the guests on the bus and captured everything going on whilst I was travelling with Jen and her family.
When I met up with Rich he was looking a little nervous standing at the top of the aisle, but was holding it together well with the help of his groomsmen. Jen looked absolutely stunning walking down the aisle with her dad and bridesmaids.
The ceremony itself was very moving but also had its laughs throughout. After the ceremony we all headed outside for the big confetti shot and group photos in front of the "family tree" - a well known tree to Jen's family where group shots for christenings and communions were taken in the past.

Jen & Rich outside 30 James Street Hotel

Jen & Rich outside 30 James Street Hotel

Home of the Titanic

After the ceremony we all headed to 30 James Street - again Emma was on the bus documenting all of the celebrations whilst I spent some time with Jen and Rich at their car for a couple of candid portraits. We then reconvened on the top balcony of 30 James Street which looks down onto Liverpool Albert Docks. Here guests were enjoying drinks and canapes and so we were both on hand to capture the party atmosphere.
After some hilarious speeches made by the Father of the Bride and also Rich's best men, the atmosphere went to 'all-out-party-mode'! Hope Street Busking Band played out Jen and Rich's first dance to 'Ho Hey' by 'The Lumineers' which was pretty special. All of a sudden the dance floor was absolutely packed and the night was truly in full flow!
At the end of the night we nipped outside to the doorway of 30 James Street Hotel to capture some intimate night-time portraits of the gorgeous couple together using a combination of ambient light and flash photography to produce a timeless moment of this special wedding.

If you’re looking for natural, relaxed photography for your 30 James Street wedding, why not get in touch?

30 James Street weddings photographed by Stephen McGowan. If you are getting married and looking for a natural wedding photographer then please get in touch to discuss more.