When Emma and Aaron told their parents that they would be having their wedding reception in a factory warehouse, the reaction – as you can imagine – was quite muted.

But then, if someone is brave enough to take on such an unusual venue for their wedding reception, you know that they would have a strong vision to carry it off. And boy, did Emma and Aaron do just that.

The factory, AE Harris, was a fascinating contrast to where the ceremony took place – St Chad’s Cathedral. Put simply, there are few buildings in the centre of Birmingham more grand than St Chad’s.

Childhood sweethearts since their school days, Emma and Aaron are one of the nicest couples you could ever wish to meet. It was no surprise that they wanted a very laid-back feel to their wedding images. And when so many of their guests were having lots of fun on the day, that made my job so easy!

Guests walked from the cathedral to the reception venue while carrying heart-shaped balloons, meanwhile I made a slight diversion with Emma and Aaron to St Paul’s Square to capture a few photos of the couple against a superb green backdrop. You’d never believe they were taken in the centre of Birmingham!

There was no end to the handmade touches. The invitations were the coolest I had ever seen, the ‘family tree’ table plan was a stroke of genius, the home-made jam as wedding favours went down a treat (some guests even tucked into it there and then, thinking it was part of the first course!), and there was a ‘cake table’, bursting with home-baked contributions from friends and family.

There were some neat little coincidences too. The name of the reception venue – AE Harris – was made up of Aaron and Emma’s initials. And the build of the cathedral back in the 17th century was commissioned by Bishop Walsh – which was the name of the school that Emma and Aaron attended.

The speeches were hilarious, and it was great to see the bride doing a turn too. In a poignant speech, Emma quite rightly pointed out that she feels lucky to have found Aaron when so many other women in the world do not have a choice in who they marry. However, it should also be noted that Emma began her speech with the words: “Now that I legally own Aaron…”

The evening celebrations were a blast. Fussball, table tennis, and a slideshow of images from their youth kept the guests entertained. I’ve never seen a dancefloor so busy for the entire night too, the highlight of which was a ‘human pyramid’ comprising the bride and her closest friends. And if the formation looks familiar, it’s because Emma is close friends with Michelle, whose wedding I photographed last year, with the same nine friends doing the human pyramid.

A wedding reception in a factory?! Who’d have thunk it? Thankfully, Emma and Aaron did.

Here is a selection of shots from the day. If you were a guest at the wedding, the full set of images are available on the galleries page.

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