This shoot was shared with us by Philip Dignum, a Midlands based photographer. He photographed Gemma and Faye in Birmingham using street art as a colourful backdrop. Look at these happy faces! Gemma tells us a bit of their story too.
Gemma: We met thanks to a mutual friends refusal to accept that I didn’t want to go on a blind date. Our friend had worked out long before we did that we were perfect for each other, but being ever so slightly stubborn, I declared I was happy being single. Thankfully, said friend completely ignored me and engineered a meeting that neither of us were privy to. It pains me to admit that she was totally right and it we hit it off immediately. We both knew pretty soon after that it was the real thing.
We had been together for 2 years when I asked Faye to marry me on holiday in Spain. Thankfully she said yes! We weren’t in a rush to get married, but finally decided it was about time to make it official and after visiting Pendrell Hall, we knew that would be the ideal place to throw our biggest and best party yet. That was over 18 months ago and all of a sudden it’s very nearly here! We can’t wait to celebrate with all our friends and family, and have some great photos to remember it by.
We are most looking forward to having all the people that matter to us all under one roof to celebrate with us and have a great time on our wedding day. The wedding will bring together everything that matters most to us; each other, family, friends, good food, a few glasses of Prosecco and music to dance the night away to!
We chose Digbeth for several reasons. We are getting married in a fairly traditional venue, so we wanted a shoot that would contrast. Birmingham is also where we met, it’s where we often enjoy going out just the two of us or with friends and family. It’s a great city, full of great people and great culture so it seemed like an obvious choice. We had also seen some photos Phil had taken in Digbeth before and loved how they looked and felt it was more reflective of who we are rather than something a bit more rural- after all, we are a pair of Black Country girls at heart!
To be honest we were dreading our pre-shoot a little bit! We had no idea what to expect or how we would feel about it when we got there. We needn’t have worried. Phil met us before and we had a coffee and talked through everything. He totally reassured us and made us feel at ease. It felt a little weird at first but once we decided we would probably never see any of the randoms walking past ever again ( and some probably wouldn’t remember as they were drunk at 12pm on a Tuesday!!!) we just relaxed into it and ended up spending most of the day laughing, as I hope the pictures show.
When we think now about the photos on the big day I feel totally relaxed and know exactly what to expect, which if the pre-shoot was anything to go by, will be big laughs and amazing photos!
Photography: Philip Dignum Photography