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Saturday 14 May - St Thomas of Canterbury Royston and South Farm

Hannah and Andrew

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.

venue sign

South Farm house and courtyard

farmyard

wedding dress

bride hair

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!

groom

groom and bestmen

ceremony

exchange vows

exchange rings

prayers

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.

bride and groom kiss in car

wave goodbye

hug the groom

bride during drinks reception

drinks on the terrace

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 as possible!

bride and groom on  bridge

bride and groom kiss in the gardens

couple in fields

driveway

bride and groom on the driveway

bride and groom with caravans

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.

all guests

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 it.

first dance

bride dancing

guests on the dancefloor

driveway night

 
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