Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Beatles Themed Wedding | Liz & Dylan

Ceremony: Allerton Bywater Methodist Church, West Yorkshire
Reception: Snaith Sports Hall, Snaith, East Yorkshire

Second-shooting with Gav Harrison

As a huge Beatles fan, I was really looking forward to Liz & Dylan's wedding. I first met them at Jane & Dave's wedding last year when Dylan was playing the drums in the band at the evening do (a Beatles tribute band - Tragical History Tour). It was obvious that their big day was going to be a lot of fun - and it didn't disappoint!

The couple's house was a hive of activity when I arrived to photograph Dylan getting ready. His two best men took me into Dylan's newly built recording studio in the garden to watch them run through their joint speech (which was great) and then Dylan showed me a video he'd been filming which had me crying with laughter, but more of that later.

The lads travelled to the church in a beautiful all white convertible VW Beetle and when they got there, we did some unusual groom/best men shots at the local chippy! Dylan then went off to hide in a side room in the church ready for Liz's arrival. This is where the video comes in. The minister had helped the lads set up a projector & screen in the church and the show started with the best men asking the congregation if anyone had seen Dylan. One of them said he would ring him, at which point the video started with a shot of Dylan's hand groping around on his bedside table to pick up his phone. There followed a series of shots of Dylan running across the screen in various locations until he eventually reached the church (all to the soundtrack of the Beatles "Help", of course). CLICK HERE to see the video on Youtube. Everyone was howling with laughter as Dylan made his perfectly timed entrance at the end of the video. What a brilliant start to the day!

The reception venue was a typical school sports hall but the interior had been transformed to look like a huge marquee. Each table was decorated in a different Beatles song theme, with the placemats being made from old LP records with customised Apple labels. The cake was a huge Yellow Submarine design (home made) - the amount of imagination and work that had gone into everything was amazing.

True to form, the speeches were unusual with Liz's entire family doing a joint speech and presenting Dylan with a massive 3-tier pork pie (he likes his pies, does Dylan!).

The evening was rounded off perfectly by the superb Fab Beatles - What a fantastic day!

Well done Liz & Dylan on creating the most memorable & enjoyable wedding I've ever been to!

Also see Anntonina & Tim's wedding at Augill Castle, Cumbria

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