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Belle Epoque Wedding Photography | Natalie and Karl


Belle Epoque Wedding Photography

Natalie and Karl tied the knot at The Belle Epoque in October and where we had an amazing day.I've had the pleasure of photographing several weddings at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford over the years and every one of them has been special in their own way. After shooting Charlotte and Daryl's Belle Epoque wedding earlier in the year I was very much looking forward to returning to this amazing wedding venue for Natalie and Karl's big day. Built in 1907 and located on King Street in the centre of Knutsford, the Belle Epoque is a truly one of a kind wedding venue. From the outside it looks a little bit like a very cool castle whilst on the inside it’s art nouveau interior gives it so much character.

Belle Epoque Wedding Venue in the heart of Knutsford

Natalie got ready at her house with her bridal party before making her way over to the Belle Epoque to meet Karl waiting nervously at the top of the aisle for his bride. The wedding ceremony itself was very intimate and dark giving a unique feel and character as the vows were spoken and wedding rings exchanged by our bride and groom. Once our newlyweds had said their "I do's" it was then off outside for a couple of portraits and group shots before all returning inside for the wedding drinks reception.

Alex Birtwell Wedding Entertainment

The speeches are always fun and great to capture with loads of natural, unposed moments taking place all the time. Natalie and Karl's Belle Epoque wedding was to be no different with a rollercoaster of emotions all captured on camera. It was then on to the evening's entertainment in the form of Alex Birtwell, wedding entertainer who performed the first dance song for our newly married couple on centre stage at The Belle Epoque. Alex and his band played out the first few acoustic songs to get the party in full swing and they totally smashed it! We had everybody up on the dance floor in no time. If you're looking for a wedding entertainer and certainly check out Alex and his band.

Evening portraits at The Belle Epoque

At the end of the night before packing up, I like to create a signature portrait of my couples which will set to 'WOW' friends and family. Fortunately it wasn't too cold outside for Natalie and Karl to pose underneath the archway overlooking the garden steps. I used a couple of smoke grenades and lighting with flash from behind to silhouette the bride and groom and create a breathtaking portrait for Natalie and Karl to cherish.

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