So after much C-word * rescheduling, it was fantastic to finally be able to photograph Jordan + Cindy’s wedding at Saddleworth Hotel. I first met Jordan + Cindy at a wedding where I was the photographer. It was also at the lovely Saddleworth Hotel. Unknowingly I captured a photo of them both in front of the sunset that’s quite famous from outside Saddleworth Hotel. They liked the photo and my approach to documenting the wedding day so much that they decided to choose me to be the lucky photographer to document their wedding day.
I joined Cindy and the bridesmaids in the morning for bridal prep at their home in Manchester and it was somewhat different for me to be lucky enough to have not one, but two dresses to photograph. One was a traditional Chinese dress that had been passed down through the family and it was Cindy’s turn to wear it on hers and Jordan’s special day, it was such a beautiful dress with some much lovely detail and colour. Great contrast against the traditional white wedding dress and so lovely to see Cindy wear both a couple of times throughout the wedding day, one of which was for the Chinese tea ceremony that Jordan + Cindy hosted at their home. I’d never photographed a Chinese tea ceremony before but Jordan + Cindy had done a great job of explaining how it was all to unfold and what would happen, back when I met them on our initial wedding consultation call. Both were joined by their two families with Jordan + Cindy giving tea to each family member in pairs, in return, the family would offer back words of advice and encouragement for them before they start their married life together as well as exchanging gifts. The tea was apparently very sweet but to quote Cindy; “the sweeter the tea the sweeter the marriage”, which was something that made me smile.
After the tea ceremony, I followed the groom and groomsmen up to The Saddleworth Hotel where we got a few photos of them before Cindy and her dad arrived. Even though it was an early April wedding we were lucky enough to be enjoying an outdoor ceremony in the afternoon sunshine that was basking Saddleworth; a little cooler in the air but still lovely to be outside. Well at least it was, to begin with, just before the end of the ceremony i.e the signing of the register, we were dealt a good shower of snow! After a quick dash inside for the wedding party, the register was soon signed and Jordan + Cindy got to walk back down the aisle for the second time together.
After some portraits and group photos (oh and of course the confetti throw), it was time for the meal and speeches as well as the cake cut. The speeches started before the meal and were all a lovely exchange of stories and sentiments, but not forgetting the groom’s favourite cocktail for the stag party; a good old Craig David – the delights of a tequila shot and pineapple juice shot. The Craig David’s made a few appearances throughout the rest of the day (and I imagine for the rest of the evening after I had left everyone).
During the evening before the dancing, we managed to recreate a similar photo to the one I had taken of Jordan + Cindy during Luke + Sarah’s wedding which I had photographed back in 2018. Then it was time for the fun to begin with the first dance where Jordan was set to rock some moves with his Nike Air Jordan’s – some cracking red sneakers to rival Cindy’s traditional Chinese wedding dress. It was lovely to see them hit the dancefloor and for the rest of the wedding party to get into the swing of things. But there were some younger stars who stole the show, one being the young boy captivating the floor with his saxophone skills (even though it was a blow-up prop from the photo booth) and the two children getting some air in their stunning sparkling dresses. After covering the dancefloor and finishing my documenting of Jordan + Cindy’s wedding I walked away feeling very lucky to have been part of such a fantastic day with lovely people!
Anyway enough from me, have a watch of their photo highlights video below or you can always scroll through the images underneath. Enjoy.
*C-word obviously stands for Covid!
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