Sunday 10 July -
I've known Neil for a few years now as
used to work with his dad! I've subsquently photographed for
several members of the family and it's always such a great
opportunity to catch up with everyone. My brother got married
at Gaynes so it's also nice to see the venue develop and change
with the seasons and wedding trends.
If you want to make a big entrance then
Gaynes is perfect with it's long outdoor aisle and the fact
that you can decorate the trees. Everytime I've photographed
here to date the weather has been kind, without need for the
bride to be sheltered under a brollie. However there's still
a good chance you'll pick up a few leaves and twigs in your
dress along the way.
In the walled garden drinks and canapes
were served whilst I got on with the photos. The couple's
young daugher had slept through the entire ceremony so I was
just hoping she'd wake up ready to smile for me. The only
problem at Gaynes is a lack of a high vantage point for big
group photos so I had to resort to my trusty step ladder.
Now I hope she won't mind me saying,
but Amy is one of the least 'bridey' girls I've ever met,
as is much happier in running gear and trainers. Neither her
or Neil were that fussed about photos of themselves but I
managed to pursude them that just a few would be ok! Their
honeymoon was in fact a trip to Copenhagen where Neil was
competing in an Ironman competition.
The barn is a great space for the wedding
breakfast and if you decide to invite more guests then you
can even seat them upstairs. Unfortunately in all the preparations,
little Olivia's freshly sterilized bottles had been left back
at the hotel so whilst everyone was eating I dashed off site
to go retrieve them. To be honest, no one needs photos of
them eating anyhow.
Under the 'pretence' of fresh air and
seeing the resisdent sheep, I trapsed the bride and groom
through the fields ... followed by a final trip to the pagoda
when the moon and twinkly lights lit up the gardens.