Friday 21 August
- St Josephs Catholic Church and Leaside Hotel Luton
Since they booked me to photograph for
their wedding, Laura and Jamie's big day had a few changes...
including an amended date and even venue. Thankfully everything
came together in the end and it was a pleasure to be part
of it. Laura got ready at home and right from the start wanted
a bit of Hollywood glamour to her look so added extra beads
to her headband and made sure that her favourite red lipstick
was pride of place.
The ceremony was held at St Josephs which
has great columns at the doorways and blue domed ceiling inside.
A string duo played as Laura walked down the aisle which sounded
amazing - who says you need a quartet? From my perspective
I found it funny that Deacon Jim who conducted the ceremony
forgot to ask one of the bridesmaids to take the bride's bouquet,
so she was left holding it for ages. When it came to the vows
Laura shot me a desperate glance and I nipped in and took
it from her!
As everyone exited the church the bridal
cars started up the machines and filled the air with bubbles
- a lot less messy than confetti I will admit. The chauffeur
popped the champagne (I think he had Formula One podium aspirations)
and after letting the guests mingle I took a few formal shots
at the doorway.
Before making a grand entrance at the
Leaside Hotel we stopped off at Wardown Park for a few photos
and for the bride and groom to catch their breath. What I
hadn't realised was that the videographer didn't know the
area, had got separated from the convey of me and the bubble
car in traffic and couldn't remember the name of the park
we were going to, other than it started with a 'W'. He ended
up at Whipsnade!!
The wedding breakfast had a film theme.
Each guest was given a ticket with the name of a famous movie
star that they would be sitting next to and then they had
to find the relevant photo to find their seat. I loved it
and hope everyone approved of their dinner companions!
The day was rounded off with perfect
August evening sunlight and warmth, so much so that all the
guests were more than happy to sit outside on the terrace
and chat, rather than go inside and dance. Now that autumn
has well and truely kicked in I miss those summer nights already!