Tip of the week: Part 1. God Bless America .... They sure know how to wedding party!

June 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


 To all UK brides to be this week's wedding tip is part one of a series about harnessing the atmosphere that the US inject into weddings seemingly effortlessly.


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


It's all to do with big smiles, relaxed attitudes, being spontaneous, and for one wonderful day laying aside our awkward British inhibitions and partying hard like nobody is watching.

I'm sure you are all looking at wedding blogs, Pinterest posts, wedding photography, and themes inspired by American websites.  And why are UK brides doing this? Well for the same reason that UK photographers look to the US for inspiration.  Because they are so damn good at making weddings rock! 



So here's part 1 of my tales from American weddings. 



Part 1:  The Mexican hostage situation 

It's Mothering Sunday.  I'm sitting  alone at the bar in a Mexican diner in Brooklyn on a hot, lazy afternoon.  Eating mouth-watering fresh tacos, sipping an expertly mixed margarita and enjoying a well earned afternoon off.

Everything's perfect except one thing.  I'm the wrong side of the Atlantic,  and even though it's the American  Mother's Day and not the British one, I can't  help but feel a little homesick for my family.


Out of nowhere the door bursts open and flooding into the diner with rays of sunshine splintering around them, an unexpected party crashes into this otherwise quiet family scene.



At the head of this well dressed, but unruly invasion party is a bride. She has been kidnapped. Although not against her will.



Her kidnappers are the grooms party, and the bride really should be on her way to the church by now.



'Drinks all Round' This here lady is getting maried! '
The bride is being held ransom to the tune of one margarita and several tequilas. Nobody knows when or indeed if she will be released by her captors. The head hostage taker makes his demands 'Drinks all round. This here lady is getting married' and the whole restaurant  cheers and raises their glasses to the group of strangers who have just sprinkled a little magic into everyone's life including mine. 



Even though nobody will ever know who that bride was, where she was getting married,  or if she ever made it to the church on time, for those crazy few minutes every soul  in that diner was a little happier, and became a part of that brides big day.

Genuine Smiles all round at US Weddings!

  Having been a guest at American weddings, worked with American couples in the UK, and worked with some wonderful people in fashion in New York,  I can honestly say that if you  think American when planning your wedding  it will sparkle with a little extra magic, love and atmosphere.

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography
 
Don't miss next week's part 2 by following my blog.  There will be top tips on how you can add to your wonderful wedding atmosphere, without spending a penny (or a dime?)........Matt  www.mattcollisphotography.com

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