Saturday 19 December
- Ponsbourne Park
The last time I shot at Ponsbourne it
was an early summer wedding, so I was concerned that in December
I wouldn't get much of an opportunity to get outdoors. However,
it was such a mild day (16 degrees!) that I was determined
to make the most of it.
Fiona's preparations were well underway
when I arrived, with the hairdresser creating an amazing bow
shaped updo! The room had a lovely relaxed feeling with family
members popping in throughout to check on progress.
Matt and the boys also got ready on site
so I was able to capture some of their getting ready stage
too. Once suited, booted and with buttonholes attached they
were happy for a few photos, before the majority of the guests
I love seeing how all the little elements
I've been photographing come together, just before the ceremony.
The fur wrap, the velvety silver leaves in the bouquet, bracelets
etc. I also felt quite useful after pointing out that the
dress buttons weren't just for show, so between mum and me
we got Fiona buttoned in quick smart!
The ceremony was beautiful and with it
being at 3pm the sun literally set behind the hills as the
couple said their vows. However this left me with limited
light in which to get all the guests outside for confetti
and some group photos. I'm not a bossy, shouty photographer
but I had warned the couple that on this occasion I might
be slightly more 'directive' with the guests in order to get
things done before it got too dark.
As I'd photographed for Matt's sister
a few years ago I knew many of the family already, which was
lovely to catch up with them all. After the light faded completely
I used the pavilion for some couple photos as it had been
decorated ready for Christmas, just like the rest of the venue.
The silver and grey theme continued into
the wedding breakfast where the use of grey tablecloths made
such a nice change from the normal white. Using orchids as
centrepieces plus grey candles was a classy and effective
combination. Some extra Christmas sparkle came from the use
of tree baubles as decorations on the 'naked' chocolate cake
... which smelt divine!
Everyone knows I love a good nighttime
shot so set up the pavilion to capture a kiss with shadow
of the couple. They then performed a choreographed first dance
which had everyone in giggles before the party really got
going ... yes ... I may have ended up having a dance later