March 30, 2011 Steve Gerrard

Emma & Pete – A 1950s Prom Inspired Surprise Wedding


They’re already calling it the wedding of the year.

As we speak, Kate & Will are allegedly rethinking their whole theme for the so-called Royal Wedding.

Emma & Pete’s sneak peek post on this very blog smashed the record for the most comments ever. 52 as I’m writing this.

And it was an amazing wedding. And no ordinary wedding..

Emma is well known for her amazing wedding photography, hence much of the interest. On top of that, most people who attended thought they were actually just coming to Emma’s 30th birthday party. Halfway through the reception those guests found out it was actually much more than that…

Emma & Pete are very good friends of ours so Evelyne and I were really pleased to not only be asked to photograph the wedding but also to be invited as guests. We had such a fantastic day!

So, here are some of my favourite images from a truly brilliant day….

Before their official wedding ceremony at Birmingham Register Office, Emma & Pete arranged a first look in a local park. I loved shooting this part of the day and the light was just perfect…

And then it was on to the Register Office in Birmingham for the official part of their wedding…

From there we all jumped on to a canal barge and journeyed up the canal towards Bourneville. Along the way, we were treated to some extremely tasty grub πŸ™‚

As a surprise, some of their friends whose house backs on to the canal had made this banner πŸ™‚

The final part of the day took place at Rowheath Pavillion in Bourneville where the place was decorated with inspiration from 50s proms and the movie Back To The Future.

Emma & Pete changed into their evening outfits and we took some more portraits before the light faded…

And then the announcement was made… this wasn’t actually JUST a 30th birthday party…. the music started…. and the bridesmaids entered.. Emma & her Dad followed… Emma was back into her wedding dress….

People screamed. People cheered. People cried.

And then there was a little marriage blessing and some short speeches…

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The Fun Booth was the best ever. I have so many images I’ll post those in a separate post but here’s a few sneak peeks…

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Evelyne & I feel so lucky to call Emma & Pete our friends. We know they have an amazingly happy and fun-filled future ahead of them. Thanks guys for letting us be a part of the wedding of the year πŸ™‚

Recently I was voted Best UK Wedding Photographer by the readers of Perfect Wedding magazine. It’s always great to win awards but when the voting is done by the readers it’s particularly humbling.

Since 2007 I’ve shot over 300 weddings across the UK and still shoot a high percentage of my weddings there. Despite shooting so many destination weddings, you just can’t beat a great British wedding in some amazing venue with a crowd of people ready for a party.

I’ve shot at incredible historic venues such as Orchardleigh House and Warwick Castle as well as cool, rustic wedding venues like Cripps Barn or Shustoke Farm Barns. I’ve shot backyard weddings and elopements. Asian, Jewish, Italian, Greek, Humanist, Same Sex… They’re all a blast!

Please check out the galleries of some of my recent weddings in the UK and check out what some of my couples thought about their photos in the UK wedding photographer reviews section.

Anyway. If you’re getting married in the UK (or anywhere else really), need a wedding photographer that fits your style and you think that’s me… perfect! Please don’t be afraid to drop me an email to start the conversation.

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Below is a short slideshow of some of my favourite recent wedding photos… Take a look. And turn the sound up!

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Comments (53)

  1. Amazing work Mr G. It seems so much extra special when you know the couple involved, so even though all your work is outstanding, this particular wedding seems to top it all.

    Love it. Well done and those Fun Booth pics…… um, you have photoshop yes? I’d like to be a size 10 please! xx

  2. Elesha


    The ‘hug’ shot in the portrait section is just divine, congratulations to Emma & Pete on what looks & sounds like an amazing wedding x

  3. Sooo awesome awesome awesome. And some of my favourite pictures from you ever, I think the fact that you know and love them really shines through. Makes me kick myself even harder for not being able to make it though.

  4. Christie

    I don’t know Pete or Emma (alhtough I am a big fan of Emma’s work and a bit of a blog stalker!) but you can feel how much they love each other just by looking at these STUNNING pictures!

    Coolest looking wedding in the world, I hope they have a long and awesome life together!

  5. Absolutely fabulous!! Congratulations Emma and Pete, what a truly unique and wonderful wedding. Steve… there are no words, just love what you do every time!!


  6. Fabulous! What an amazing wedding – and what gorgeous pictures Steve. Everyone is smiling so much they might burst! Love both of Emma’s beautiful dresses – she looks absolutely stunning! The fun booth is the best!!! Congrats Pete & Emma xxx

  7. Wowzers. Steve. You absolutely nailed it. Looks like a blast to photograph your friends too. My fave is the smoky dancefloor shot, but I’d sell happily my left arm for any of them! So stylish!

  8. Why can’t every wedding have such a handily placed retro clock like that?!! How cool! Great images Steve, from what seems to be an awesome wedding and the perfect couple for you to photograph!

  9. I think ‘wedding of the year is an understatement’ certainly think William and Kate should have a rethink! Wow, Emma and Pete you make such a stunning couple, and Steve, wow, beautifully shot as always πŸ™‚

  10. LOVE all these images & love Emma & Pete πŸ™‚ My favourites are the individual ones of them with the canal water behind – AMAZING.

  11. Your wife

    I am a bit biased not only because Steve is my husband but also Pete & Emma are good friends of ours but I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that these are some of my favourite wedding pictures I have ever seen from Steve (having a little proud moment here!) Pete & Emma are just the most friendly, gorgeous, funny couple I know and they rocked it!!

    Thanks again Emma & Pete for the day!! Je vous souhaite beaucoup d’amour, de sante et de bonheur. Felicitation encore une fois πŸ™‚

  12. Amazing pics as usual! This looks like such a wicked day, if (when, ha ha!) i get married i would definitely want to do something similar – loved all the images. Gorgeous stuff!

  13. Stunning photos. You captured everything perfectly. How lovely to be able to do this for such good friends. I’m sure they will treasure these and even more so because you’re their friend! This would make a stunning album! My fav shot has to be the tight close up of Pete hugging Emma from the back.

  14. Truly fandabbydosey…! love all of these. Seriously think this is your best wedding ever, – such emotion, such beauty and also, pure classy photography. You’ve not missed a moment! Love them and have no doubt, this will go down in history as one of the best for so many people! We are seriously rating this day. Thanks Emma and Pete for allowing us to share in your precious celebration. Bravo Steve! ;D x Charis and Owen

  15. Emma

    I don’t know you Steve or the happy couple, but these photos are just fab and I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
    Truly wonderful snaps.
    Well done πŸ™‚

  16. Pete Smyth

    I know I did say this the last time I left a comment, but honestly, this is my favourite. Everything is bold and beautiful and just feels true. I really think that you’re just brilliant Steve Gerrard. Emma & Pete are just as lucky to have you & your beautiful wife as friends, say I!

  17. Wow – I’m going to have to agree with what I have read on here and on Twitter – these photos are truly stunning. And such a wedding – every single detail is perfect. You’ve captured it so well, and in such a fitting style. I love the fun booth! Ha ha – I want one!

  18. So lovely to see the morning ceremony photos, and to relive the evening through these as well. Amazing wedding, and you’ve captured it so perfectly.

  19. Jayne Sacco

    Woweeeeeee! What beautiful photography. It’s seems strange to feel such an emotional attatchment without actually knowing Emma & Pete personally. You’ve captured the emotion, the fun, laughter and the LOVE.

  20. wow wow wow! Totally blown away by these Steve, you have caught Emma and Pete and their beyond gorgeous relationship perfectly! I LOVE the dress shot with Max, the sun filled group shots and the portriats…. love the shot of Pete with the shadows, love the…. you know what. I love them all!

  21. Gabysslave

    amazing personal photos with a real sense of joy and fun
    You are a gifted man

  22. can’t believe i’ve only just found your blog! some really inspiring wedding photography. the image with the fridge magnets is a really nice touch!

  23. OMG Emma & Pete, I LOVE These! You guys look epic πŸ™‚ brought a tear to my eye. THIS is what weddings are about. Love, laughter and forever happiness. So well captured!! πŸ™‚

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