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Saturday 19 December - Ponsbourne Park

Fiona and Matt

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.

Ponsbourne in December

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.

bride hair

dress, shoes, bouquet and ring

dress in mirror

bride hair

bouquet

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 arrived.

groom and bestmen

groomsmen

ceremony setup

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!

bride ready

descend the stairs

entrance

bride entrance

ceremony

exchange rings

signing the register

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.

bride and groom kiss

confetti

all guests

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.

bride and groom

parents

bride and groom

bride and groom hug

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!

meal setup and flowers

fireplace

table setting

wedding cake

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 on too!

pavilion at night

first dance

 
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