Saturday 14 May
- St Thomas of Canterbury Royston and South Farm
From the first time I met Libby and Mike
they were very clear that they wanted their wedding to be
really relaxed. This included me keeping out of the way as
much as possible! However, for a bride who didn't want any
of the usual getting ready photos, when it came to the day
itself she actually asked me to take a few of the preparations
at South Farm particularly as she'd designed the dress herself.
Not too far away in Royston, Mike was
waiting at the church and was duely surprised when I turned
up explaining that Libby had actively asked for getting ready
photos. The ceremony was always going to be an emotional one
and after a very teary rehersal the day before the couple
chose not to look at each other too much during the vows...
even so, they and their guests needed their hankies!
After a few family shots at the church,
everyone was keen to get back to South Farm for drinks and
canapes. The weather had been threatning to change at any
moment but in the end, it stayed dry all day which meant the
guests could mingle outside and get to enjoy the gardens.
The gardens at South Farm are lovely
and there's so many places to take the bride and groom that
I could spend hours happily shooting away. Not that I get
that sort of time, but I do try and squeeze in as many locations
Whilst I was off with the bride and groom,
the bestmen arranged all the guests in the courtyard so that
I could take the big group photo before sending everyone into
dinner. The quicker this shot gets done, the sooner they all
get fed ... bribery works a treat! The barn tables were set
up with log slices and more gypsophila than I've ever seen
in one place before, it even featured on the cake.
With a live band and plenty of friends
wanting to dance the night away, the evening party was always
going to be a good one. I had to drag the bride and groom
away to see the driveway all lit up, but I think it was worth