Friday 23 May -
St Mary's Hertingfordbury and Knebworth Barns
Laura and Simon wanted to make sure that
their wedding day was a true reflection of them. So there
were loads of little touches that made the day really interesting.
This included a purple colour-scheme and some rather beautiful
shoes to match.
The ceremony was held at St Mary's in
Hertingfordbury - only a short horse and carriage ride away
from their home. The church and it's members were so friendly
and I always appreciate when photography is not frowned upon.
Laura was definatrely my most organised
bride ever - if you'd seen the timing spreadsheets you'd understand.
In fact not only did she arrive early for the ceremony but
the rest of the day followed suit and all ran like clockwork.
Note to guests when throwing confetti ... throw the paper/petals
not your camera by accident. I got a shot of a pink compact
camera flying towards the bride and groom!
Arriving at Knebworth you can't fail
to be impressed by the house so naturally we stopped off for
a few pictures. The more formal family groups were then taken
in the gardens and as the park was yet to be open on weekdays
we got the place to ourselves.
So whilst I was off taking photos of
the bride and groom, to stop the guests getting bored, Laura
and Simon had arranged for them all to have afternoon tea
and a tango lesson. Strictly come dancing eat your heart out!
I think the gardeners must have planted
the purple alliums knowing that Laura and Simon were coming.
With no one else around they also had a sneaky first dance
As self confessed sci-fi geeks, the table
decorations were each a model of a starship - most of which
had been painstakingly made and painted by the bride and groom.
The animated 'space invaders' table plan was displayed on
a big TV screen and the father of the bride speech was finished
with a "live long and prosper" command.
As afternoon became evening the celebrations
continued. The wedding cake was made by Laura's mum and cut
very smoothly! Whilst the dancing started I snuck the bride
and groom away to enjoy the last bit of sunshine.