A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of photographing the Wedding of Julie & Kevin at the Halifax Hall in Sheffield.
Kevin works away for long periods at a time and so Julie had been in sole charge of organising the Wedding and had packed the day with surprises for Kevin, including his daughter being one of three mystery bridesmaids.
At the reception, as the guests settled into their meal, I retreated to the bar area of the restaurant to grab a little rest and light refreshment, as I slurped on a coke, stuffed down a sandwich and began to check my camera batteries I couldn’t help think that there seemed to be a lot of staff around for the size of the venue.
Just then, Julie popped out to see me and asked that I’d be back in the room before desert was served to ensure I was there to captured the ‘Singing Waiters’ she’d hired.
A little confused I re-entered the room with camera in hand and hovered around the head table excited to see what would happen next! And what happened next was at a time when there’s usually a post-meal lull at Weddings, there was in its place an explosion of music, dancing and pure emotion that left the room elated and buzzing!
Firstly, after pretending to trip behind the bride and groom while carrying a tray, a young ‘waitress’ rose to hear feet, microphone in hand and proceeded to tunefully belt out Frozen’s immensely popular ‘Let it Go’, leaving the initially bemused room smiling, swaying and clapping along within a couple of minutes.
Then, the ‘floor manager’ who had been overlooking proceedings from the safety of the door stepped forward to produce a pitch perfect, hair-raising rendition of the classic Nessun Dorma, people whooped in delight, stood to applause and the tears flowed all around the room, this is where we pick up the story….