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Friday 7 August - Offley Place

Hayley and Glenn

Hayley and Glenn's wedding was such a lot of fun. What I hadn't anticipated was that Hayley is not particularly keen on insects and flying things... So she had to deal with a couple of wasps going for her bouquet during the ceremony, butterflies in the rose garden and then a swarm of flying ants drawn to her white dress in the evening. It's the first time I've had a bride literally pick up her dress and run screaming away from me! I'm sorry Hayley - but yes of course I got shots of her running - being the professional that I am!

hair and makeup

dress and shoes

bouquets

With everything taking place at the one venue it was easy to nip up and down the staircase to get photos of the groomsmen and the conservatory all set up. Not to be outdone by the girls Glenn chose three bestmen and two ushers, note that he however managed to get away without wearing any pink!

groomsmen

groom

ceremony set up

conservatory set up for ceremony

After sending all eight bridesmaids to the front first, Hayley was guaranteed a big entrance. It was lucky that there was plenty of room, as the train of her dress filled the aisle beautifully. It did mean however that I stayed in one place to photography, as to relocate would have meant jumping over it!

flowergirl entrance

bride and dad enter

entrance of the bride

ceremony - smiles

exchange rings

exchange of rings

kiss

signing and exit

Set up outside was a friend's band - yes that is one of the bridesmaids singing. Thankfully the weather was great so everyone was entertained whilst endulging in drinks and canapes whilst I took some group and bride and groom photos.

bridal party

confetti

bridal party

bride and groomsmen

bride and groom in the grounds of Offley Place

bride and groom swing their daughter

Now I'm not complaining ... but I think the Pimms had done a good job! After taking the more formal photos at the front of the house we returned to find everyone ready for a laugh. I don't normally get such a good (and loud) response when I do an all guest photo but these guys were great and particularly enthusiastic with the confetti throwing.

all guests

confetti

girls run across the grass

throw bouquet

The conservatory was now set up for the wedding breakfast, complete with flower filled birdcages on the tables. Each of the female guests received a nail varnish (pink of course) whilst the men a miniture bottle of rum. Whilst thankfully the flowergirl didn't manage to get her hands on either, she did completely cover herself in chocolate. Each of the bestmen did their own speech but in short there were dodgy photos shown, props and clothing handed out and even some audience participation!

wedding breakfast

table decorations

flowergirl covered in chocolate

bestman speech

groom during speeches

guests during speeches

We took a quick evening walk before the evening party kicked off. This kiss photo was taken literally seconds before the flying ants attacked! I loved that the DJ lit the conservatory with pink uplighters to match the wedding colour-scheme and he made sure that the fun aspect continued right through the day - including boys vs girls danceoffs!

evening kiss

cutting the cake

first dance

Offley at night

 
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