Intimate Covid Wedding at Swallows Nest Barn
The intimate wedding of Ruth and Craig at Swallows Nest Barn under socially distanced restrictions captured by Chris at Artisan X Photography.
About the couple
Ruth & Craig had met me a few years ago as I had photographed Ruth`s friend’s wedding, where she was a bridesmaid, so it was awesome to catch up again as one of my first weddings back after COVID! In the run up to the wedding things had changed so often, but the couple were so chilled and pragmatic. Truly they were awesome to work with.
One of the things I advise all my couples to do is a pre-shoot with myself, so we can kick back and get to know each other better, and they did just that, and they brought the adorable Hudson (beautiful boy dog) and it was such a laugh.
A little bit about the day and how it went
So, the day arrived. And it was quite the day of calamity. There were torrential rains, some storm weather, and totally soaking rains! Not only that but there was literally two huge car crashes just outside the venue, which caused a big traffic jam. Unbelievable! But Ruth arrived only 30 minutes late, and we were into it. Seeing her walk down that aisle was amazing!
The couple were very at ease after the vows, laughing and joking and when it came to their short drink’s reception at the venue, and it was super fun to shoot, as the couple did not want to do anything too posed. Suits me and my documentary style.
I was able to convince the couple to try a few dynamic images to compliment the more documentary imagery and they ended up loving them – the storm was in full effect at that moment as well!
About the Photographer
So, I’m Chris Denner (Artisan X) a Birmingham wedding photographer. I’m known for my wicked sense of humour, lots of tattoos, eclectic dress style and I try to be an awesome human being. I live for travel, craft beer and cold coffee. I’m also a songwriter, and I`ll be releasing my newest EP on Underdog records in September.
How would you describe your photography style?
My style is unique and modern, and I like to create the majority of my work documentary style, but then contrast that with really awesome “Hero” portraits of the couple. I love creating imagery like that, and I put alot of energy into making sure my couples portrait photography is different and edgy.
To put it into context, if I were a band – I’d be AC/DC, The Beatles or the Ramones; I wouldn’t be Westlife or an X Factor winner. I’m far more artistic and creative rather than manufactured and bland.
Every photographer will tell you they are “storytellers”, “reportage” or blah, blah, blah but I feel my work definitely has its own voice and style that’s mine.
What did you love about the day?
I just adored the couple’s spirit. They never said die. They never gave up. They had the best day, and the smiles were infectious. Despite car crashes, thunderstorms, a pandemic, and god know’s what else they did it. Love won. End of.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
Go with your gut. If it feels right, book it. Try not to procrastinate but equally don’t charge into certain decisions. Chat to your suppliers beforehand, see if there’s a connection, and see if they understand your needs.
Regarding photography its two things really. Do you like the photographer’s portfolio and do you like the photographer?
Personality is very important, especially as you’ll be looking for the photographer to bring the best out of you, and that’ll be hard if you can’t connect with your photographer. I act like such a clown with my clients, seriously I think they must believe I’m insane, but the main thing is it gets them relaxed and laughing – I’ll quite happily look like a prat if it gets me some amazing photography.