Sunday 5 April -
Easter is always a popular time to get
married, but it''s not that often I get asked to photograph
on Easter Sunday itself. However as Kat and Al are both teachers
it made perfect sense to make the most of their school holidays
and get married. The long driveway of their venue at Theobalds
Park had signs all the way along ... including this rather
cheeky one before I got a sneak preview of all the girly preparations!
The guys arrived nice and early, so plenty
of opportunity for some pre-ceremony photos with them too.
I always tend to look out for engraving in the rings, but
also spotted Alex's personalised cufflinks. He even had a
special label sewn into his suit!
Their ceremony was one of the most fun
I've witnessed as it was filled with smiles, laughter, teasing
and a brilliant personal poem from which I learnt a great
deal about the couple. However, I may have tied the rings
to the cushion a little tight as the bestmen had a fight to
After photographing weddings for this
long, I do warn couples that working with flowergirls and
pageboys can be a challenge, particularly when attempting
to get a shot of everyone together. In my opinion the un-formal
shots are often the most memorable. After spending time with
family and friends it's also vital that the bride and groom
get to spend some time alone so I took Kat and Al for a quick
walk around the grounds where all the daffodils had flowers
right on cue.
The wedding breakfast was held in the
Portland Suite where the tables were set up with tree trunk
centrepieces and birdcages filled with flowers. The favours
and placenames were hessian bags filled with mini easter eggs
(of course) and I really liked the use of personalised stickers
on the wine bottles. They also supplied each table with a
speeches sweepstake sheet - which were done before the meal
so that those speaking could then enjoy their food.
There was no long slow dance for this
couple - just a lively number to get the party going. I spent
the evening combining hitting the dancefloor, fun photos with
the hens and stags plus helping to 'man' the guestbook polaroid
camera and props. I just hope the bride and groom had an equally
good evening as I had a blast!!