The first day in April may not be high on everybody's list of dates to choose for a wedding but for Tina and Neal the date had an extra special meaning and luck had it this year it fell on a Saturday the perfect day for a wedding.
Neal chose the stunning Cathedral Quarter Hotel to get ready for the big day, set on St Mary's Gate in the town centre its an amazing wedding venue in its own right as a converted Grade 2 listed Police station but today was playing host to Neal and the guys before heading over to Masa for the ceremony.
A flame red Ford Mustang made quite a statement as the wedding car.
Arriving at Masa in style Tina with her father.
Masa is one of those hidden gems of a location, its an old converted Wesleyan Chapel tucked away on Brook street in Derby, I suspect many people have driven past having no idea whats tucked away behind those gates. Masa has an excellent fine dining restaurant, small enclosed private gardens at the front then a courtyard to the rear making it a great venue for intimate weddings.
Neal and the rest of the guests patiently waiting for the bride.
Neal as is the case with most grooms was now full of nervous tension but Tina didn't keep him waiting for too long, its always a special moment when the groom catches sight of his bride for the first time.
The weather during the morning had given us a few spots of rain and had showed signs of getting worse but luckily we emerged into the gardens at Masa to just the hint of spring sunshine giving people the chance to relax on the lawn with a few drinks and take a few wedding 'selfies'.
After a few formal photographs it was time to relax with a few drinks, right from the start Tina and Neal had told me the plans were for a relaxed and far less formal day than the typical wedding and I must congratulate them for achieving this.
Once the guests had settled down back inside the restaurant we popped outside to grab a few quiet intimate portraits of the happy couple, I especially like the shots we did along the pathway linking the gardens to the rear courtyard, trying to get these shots when 50 guests are also standing behind me with camera phones can be a struggle so sneaking off for 10 mins when the rest of the party is distracted by canapés can create some nice intimate moments.
I must thank Neal, Tina and all the wonderful guests at the wedding for making me feel so welcome recording their special day.