Wednesday 10 August
- Sheene Mill
It's not often I photograph on a Wednesday,
in fact I think this was my first wedding in the middle of
the week! Emma and Alex wanted to keep things small and informal
so anyone who got an invite should count themselves very lucky.
The couple also shunned some of the usual traditions in that
up until Emma put her dress on, they were organising everything
together from the top floor rooms with Alex running backwards
and forwards with instructions and tasks to do.
An outdoor wedding is so rare these days
that I always expect ceremonies to be moved indoors. So, I
was excited when the day turned out beautiful. The simple
flowers looked lovely in hung jars but the impressive bit
was the curtain of carnations hung around the pagoda on transparent
thread. With the sun shining, the strewn petals were a very
last minute addition to the aisle ... mainly because I spotted
the bag full of them almost as Emma was due to make her entrance.
With two little flowergirls to keep entertained
there were a couple of bubble machines and enough mixture
to keep them going all day!
The couple had photographed preparations
for the big day, including the production line that was making
the jam given to each guest with their names on it. They'd
then produced a photobook detailing all the build up so that
everyone could see the time, effort and fun they'd had planning
and making everything. An unexpected guest tried to get into
the wedding breakfast during the speeches. Will the resident
swan made it very clear that he wanted to be involved by tapping
on the window and then coming in through an open door. Shooeing
out a swan is something new to add to my reportoire!
After the meal, guests were able to chill
on the terrace before heading home. With it being a mid week
small wedding the couple didn't have a evening party or disco
but to end the day I took them across the road for some final
photos. On our way back from the fields a guy approached us
and asked whether we'd like to borrow the 'Roly Poly' for
some photos. It took a while to twig that he meant his Rolls
Royce which he parked up at the front of the hotel and left
with us for a good 30 minutes. Amazing!