Saturday 28 May
- Woodlands Manor
I often have a mild panic whenever it
comes to bank holiday weekend weddings as always expect the
worst regarding the weather. I needn't have worried about
Lindsey and Rob's day through as it was dry and warm meaning
it was more difficult to encourage people to go inside than
This was however one of only a handful
of weddings where I met the groom for the first time when
he arrived at the venue. As you'll see there was a aeronautical
theme running through this wedding, even down to the groom's
There was a slight delay with the ceremony
when it was realised that the groom's parents were still on
route. The couple's youngest daughter then didn't want to
walk down the aisle on her own (or with the other bridesmaids
and flowergirls) so ended up holding mum's hand until she
could be coaxed to sit on a seat.
In keeping with the colour-scheme, each
guest was given a cardboard pouch containing red rose petals
to use as confetti. They certainly made quite a mess and I
even offered to sweep up a bit later as felt super guilty.
Everyone mingled at the front of the house for drinks which
made things nice and easy for me when it came to photos.
It always used to be that red was predominately
a winter wedding colour but that's no longer the case. Mind
you, with 3 flowergirls in white to contend with I was determined
to try and get photos done before they ended up covered in
grass stains, orange juice or bubble mixture! The grounds
at Woodlands aren't huge but there are still areas to explore
with the couple and the bridal suite makes for a great vantage
point for an all guest shot.
One of the guests had brought his drone
and Go-Pro with him so we had a bit of a play during the all
guest shot flying it above them. OK ... it also may have gotten
lost over the roof of the hotel briefly but I never said I
was much good at movie directing!
Each of the wedding breakfast tables
was named after an aircraft and identified with a chalkboard
outline. Flowers were put into open Kilner jars which had
been decorated with lace, ribbons and pearls. Favours consisted
of candles in jam jars and beer can coolers.
Before the couple cut their cake and
took to the dancefloor, I knew that they wanted to make the
most of the setting sun. I'd scoped whether it was possible
to drag them down to the local ford ... but that would have
meant disturbing the resident moody swans so in the end we
stayed with the woods (even if it did mean a few stinging