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Friday 31 July - Hitchin Priory

Jenny and Dan

It was a weekend of Hitchin weddings at the end of July which started with Jenny and Dan's big day at Hitchin Priory. Whilst I've photographed there several times before this was the first time I'd done a ceremony in the music room and reception in the marquee. However the couple were lucky to have the whole venue to themselves so we could explore the building and grounds for photos.

shoes

dress reflected in mirror

makeup and lacing up

I got a sneaky text from the groom to say that he was on his way so that I could dash outside for his arrival. Dan's dad had lent drive him his Mustang as transport - mind you he probably regretted that decision after hearing how quickly Dan had taken one of the speed bumps on site!

Hitchin Priory

groom and cufflinks

groomsmen with car

Dan hugs his dad

The Music Room is on the top floor of the building so it's important to note that all guests, and the bride, have to get up a couple flights of stairs. Whilst the Hertfordshire registrars are happy for photography during the ceremony this particular one was very strict about what I was allowed to do, actually she was quite a scary lady, so I simply agreed to everything she said!

ceremony room and wedding rings

bride and dad on the stairs

bride entrance

exchange rings

ceremony kiss

signing the register

exit ceremony

The guests seemed to partcularly enjoy throwing confetti (mainly straight at Dan's face) as the couple exited from the restaurant doorway. On this occasion the paper did actually go over them... rather than mainly over me as I walk backwards trying not to trip over.

confetti

guest drinks

bride sat in Mustang

After leaving everyone to mingle, chat and sample drinks and canapes, a few formal shots were taken on the steps. Well I say formal ... there was such a good atmosphere and the bridal party were up for some fun including some 'vogue' poses'.

all guests and bridal party

bridal party vogue

bride and flowergirl

Given it's location just on the outskirts of the town centre, you'd never think that the grounds are so extensive. You feel like you're in a country park and miles from anywhere. I hope that Jenny and Dan enjoyed their bit of time to themselves as we took a stroll for some photos.

bridal and groom kiss

bride at pillars

bride and groom walk

With the marquee and food ready for service it was time to eat. Each of the guests received a cocktail shot as a favour and much comparing of flavours was to be had. The cake toppers were replicas of Jenny and Dan - so everyone should now be able to work out what Dan does for a job. I could include loads of photos from the speeches - particularly the embarassing photo slideshow that Dan's brother gave - but the sweetest moment was when the flowergirl was given an extra special 'little' present!

wedding breakfast

bride and groom

wedding cake

flowergirl awaiting her gift

giant teddy bear

The evening got underway in the usual way with cutting of the cake and first dance and then the party really started. James from Disco-Nyts did a great job with the music and lights and if it hadn't been for me photographing the next day I would have loved to stay and boogie. I've heard tales of the bride and groom staying up til nearly dawn - nice one guys!

cutting the cake

first dance

first dance

dancefloor

 
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