This Nottingham Council House wedding was one of the best experiences for me. Being from Nottingham, the Council House in our old market square is one of our premier landmarks to which everybody from Nottingham can relate to and is the heart of this vibrant and creative City. Built in 1929 it replaced the Old Exchange building and I believe it will stand for many years to come. Even though it has such an effect on the life of Nottingham people, I had never stepped foot inside, just as many other locals haven’t either. Lucky enough I was booked to shoot a wedding there for Liliya and Adenis on the 5th of November, bonfire night. With the reception appropriately scheduled for Fire & Ice in West Bridgeford I was looking forward to an exciting day.
First off it was off it was Harts Hotel for bridal preparations with Liliya and as we had a 2:30pm wedding scheduled at the Council House, it was all systems go. It was a beautiful sunny winters day but those dark nights do draw in so quickly at that time of year, so hitting my timings was paramount.
After Bridal Prep we headed into town for the ceremony. Walking into the interior of the Council House for the first time absolutely blew me away, the spiral stairway leading to the upper rooms was spectacular. The wedding was actually being held in The Ballroom, which is absolutely beautiful. It opens onto the old market square and the balcony is where many VIPs have waved from including royalty, the Queen herself, and not forgetting Nottingham Forest football club when they celebrated their European Cup wins. Its a stunning room with a walnut floor, which was allegedly inspired by the ballroom at the Palace of Versailles. There are seven floor to ceiling windows, opening onto the balcony which give out some amazing light.
After the service we had just twenty minutes before we lost all the light so as there was a market in the square we decided to have a wander. Liliya and Adenis attracted a lot of attention and well wishes from people going about their daily business and the market traders started clambering over each other to offer the couple samples of their wears. It was a lot of fun!
It was then onto Fire & Ice in West Bridgeford for the reception, a prefect choice for an intimate gathering of family and friends. The hosts were very hospitable and the table for the wedding breakfast looked wonderful. A celebration of the happy couple went on into the night.
I’m so pleased I had the honor to have worked a wedding at The Nottingham Council House. Apart from being such an impressive venue both inside and out, it’s a part of Nottingham’s heritage which makes it that bit more special, I would love the chance to shoot there again very soon!
All my best wishes go to the happy couple, Liliya and Adenis. I hope you have a long and wonderful life together