Saturday 9 July
- Bradbourne House
When I met Emma and Richard I was living
in Kent and their wedding was to be really close to my home.
Things changed and by the time it came to the big day I'd
moved back to Bedfordshire. However it was a great day trip,
especially as I had my friend Obi along for the ride and as
Arriving at Bradbourne there was just
time for a quick hello with Richard and to see orchard set
up for their outdoor ceremony.
With a long sweeping driveway you get
a real feeling of grandeur as you drive up to the house. Emma
made use of the bridal room to see the registrars and make
final preparations before the bridal party walked over to
the orchard set within walled gardens. You may spot that Emma
started out the ceremony wearing a veil ... but part way through
a gust of wind took it straight out of her hair. So rather
than faff about we didn't replace it until later for a few
Rather than bay trees or large pedetals
of flowers, the couple's florist had made heart shaped wreaths.
Even the front door of the house was adorned with one that
matched Emma's bouquet. After the ceremony and confetti we
did a few photos in the orchard before they went off for a
drive whilst the guests enjoyed drinks and canapes.
On their return I did the usual group
and family photos. I liked the fact that Emma's bridesmaids
were all in slightly different muted shades. To keep everyone
entertained they'd also hired a range of vintage fete style
games such as hook a duck. The sacks were a little small but
a race was held!
The wedding breakfast was held in the
Great Hall. There's no getting away from the strong blue wall
colour and hundreds of portraits, so I understand it's not
to everyone's taste. But I think it's an amazing room and
with elements of blue within the flowers it merged perfectly.
The big group was actually done after the meal as a way of
getting everyone outside so they could change the room around
for the evening.
A short walk along the river takes you
to a small pond and waterfall. This is one of Obi's shots
as I'd tasked him to find a way to the other side ... he was
literally peering out from shrubbery at this point trying
desperately not to fall into the water! We were also really
lucky to witness the most stunning sunset that evening so
dragged the couple back outside to make the most of the sky!