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Sunday 5 April - Theobalds Park

Kat and Alex

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!

wedding sign

wedding dress

hair and makeup

bouquet

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!

rings

Alex

buttonhole and cufflinks

groom and bestmen

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 release them!

bride entrance

couple during ceremony

vows

exchange rings

couple during readings

signing the register

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.

bridal party

bride and groom

kiss in the daffodils

mansion house

mansion house interior

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.

wedding breakfast kiss

wine labels and favours

friends

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!!

first dance

dancing

dancing

 
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