Friday 29 May -
I vividly remember Andy approaching me
at the Knebworth Bride wedding show this January and bombarding
me an array of questions. Thankfully, since then, I've met
up with him and Caroline on several occasons so on the day
it felt like I was photographing for friends! Caroline got
ready at Down Hall and as you'll see, choose to shun the traditional
style bouquet for something really interesting.
In fact, everyone got ready at Down Hall
so there was time to meet up with Andy and the boys in the
drizzle. It was a day of having to dash between the downpours
and making the most of the dry spells - typical English wedding
weather! I loved that each groomsmen had personalised cufflinks
and pocket watches to make sure they knew their role in the
day and that everything ran to time.
I knew that the ceremony was going to
be particularly emotional as unfortunately Caroline's dad
had recently passed away. However she carried his photo in
a locket attached to her bouquet as a sign that he was there
with her. Mum and sister accompanied her down the staircase
before handing her over to her brother for the walk down the
aisle. The civil part of the ceremony was conducted by local
registrars who then made a distreet exit after the signing
of the register so that the bride's uncle could take over
for a religious blessing.
Given the drizzle, Down Hall is perfect
for group photos with plenty of gravelled areas and doorways
to run for if necessary. The lounge is also big enough for
the guests to mingle quite happily and I know how much everyone
wants to spend some time with the bride and groom. During
May and June it's light until around 9pm so there's the opportunity
for more photos after the meal rather than cramming them all
into one timeslot.
For the reception the gold and red colourscheme
matched the room perfectly. Plenty of tealights plus the twinkly
backdrop gave it some sparkle and I definately fancy having
one of those personalised champagne glasses just for me! With
Mark the toastmaster overseeing proceedings the bride and
groom were guaranteed a big entrance.
Literally, this happened straight after
the meal! The sun came out and it proved to be an excellent
way of getting the guests to leave the room, so that it could
be turned around for the evening. The kids headed straight
for the giant chessboard and the bride and groom got the opportunity
to explore the grounds.
The majority of my couples are not big
dancers, so a 'first shuffle' is often more appropriate. But
it's so lovely to photograph a moment where actually they
tend to forget that anyone else is in the room. Saying that,
the dancefloor also makes way for some excellent posing from
guests of all ages ... and sometimes even by me!