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Friday 3 July - Flitwick Manor

Gina and Sylvester

I hadn't heard of Flitwick Manor until Gina and Sylvester booked me to capture their wedding. The venue holds special significance for them as a couple so I was really pleased that the one thing none of us had to worry about was the weather and we could all get outside and enjoy the grounds.

Flitwick Manor

makeup

dress

shoes

With Gina and the bridesmaids getting ready I was able to nip downstairs and check on Sylvester and bestman Bradley... who I found having a couple of drinks on the patio!

groom

groom and bestman

Gina had explained that the ceremony itself was really important to her - and she didn't want it to be too lighthearted. However she ended up running a bit late as the dress took a while to lace up, but the slight delay was worth the wait as she looked stunning. The couple had written their own vows (which had many guests crying) and I complemented them later on a great first kiss as husband and wife.

ceremony

personal vows

exchange rings

exchange rings

ceremony kiss

Most couples say that any nerves completely go straight after the ceremony - especially with a glass of bubbly. Gina and Sylvester exited through reception (whilst the guests went out onto the patio) so it gave them 5 minutes of time alone to let the ceremony and newly married status sink in.

chink glasses together

bride and groom at front of house

kiss on driveway

bridebride and bouquet

With the sun still blazing the group shots were done in the shade of the huge trees within the grounds, otherwise I think guests would have wilted. However, as many of the lads were wearing shades, I figured use them in a photo. The couple's son had come down with chickenpox only a few days before, so I did a bit of photoshop work to make him look less spotty.

bridal party

bouquets

bestman

brides family

parents

groom and lads wearing shades

The decor of the main room had influenced the whole theme and colourscheme of the day. Each table was named after a style of coffee (espresso, latte etc) with cafetieres containing coffee beans and a candle on each one. Instead of table confetti more coffee beans were scattered and favours were individual heart soaps or miniture bottles of perfume or aftershave. Even the wedding cake had a coffee layer which smelt amazing!

wedding breakfast

wedding cake

father of the bride speech

With the most perfect evening light, and the bride and groom happily fed and waterered - there was no excuse for not taking more photos before the evening guests arrived. The hotel has a tunnel like folly within the gardens and the driveway overlooks acres of meadow fields. This is often my favourite time of the day as the couple are relaxed and we chat away whilst taking the photos. Some people have a quick first dance practice whilst others just go for it when the time comes!

bride and groom hug

evening kiss

grab buttoms

first dance

first dance

 
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