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Saturday 1 August - St Marys and The Sun Hotel Hitchin

Michaela and Tom

After photographing the day before at Hitchin Priory (literally down the road) I then had the pleasure of capturing Michaela and Thomas' wedding. We'd originally met at the Knebworth Bride show a couple of years before where they also booked Jonathan from The Perfect Wedding DVD to do their video. I love working with Jonathan as we know how not to get in each others' way!

dress and shoes

bride having hair done

makeup

bracelet

bride ready

A short walk from the Sun Hotel, where the girls were getting ready, and you arrive at St Mary's Church, right in the centre of Hitchin. I met Thomas outside with bestman Sam and little Freddie who was super keen that his mum and dad were getting married! The limo driver attempted to get the bridal party right into the churchyard but admitted defeat after a couple of goes. I think that all the Hitchin shoppers stood around waiting for him to hit something may have put him off.

a high five between father and son

groom, bestman and page boy

limo arrives

bride in car

St Mary's is a big church and I was expecting to be given quite strict instructions about what I was allowed / not allowed to photograph. How wrong was I? Jenny the vicar was absolutely lovely and gave me free reign to capture whatever I wanted and actively encouraged me to move around to get lots of angles. Coupled with the best church light I have ever worked in - I'd love to shoot more weddings there!

bridal party entrances

bride and dad enter

vows

ceremony vows

 ceremony in St Marys Hitchin

kiss and exit

The church doorway was the perfect place for a few bridal party and family photos before the confetti started flying. Courtney, the couple's daughter' loved throwing it so much that she tried to pick it all back off the floor so that she could do it again!

bridal party

confetti

confetti

Sending all the guests to the hotel for drinks I took the couple off for some photos on their own. At the back of the church is a green area - popular for lunch break picnics and feeding the ducks by the river. But in crossing the bridge you get a great view of the church. All credit to the two local PCSOs who wanted to be in a photo and congratulate Michaela and Tom at the same time. We then headed back to the limo where we went for a quick drive around the town.

bride and groom in the church grounds

view of St Mary's across the river

two local PCSOs congratulate the couple

walking past the church

champagne in the limo

waving to passers by

Arriving at The Sun Hotel, the Ballroom was all set up and ready for the wedding breakfast with a lilac colour-scheme and balloons - even a bride and groom made out of them. You may have noticed that Michaela choose to use silk flowers for her bouquet but the bowls on the tables contained a few floating gerberas for decoration.

wedding breakfast

table decorations

bestman speech

cutting the cake

After cutting the cake the couple took to the dancefloor for their first dance - and of course the kids wanted to join in too!

cutting the cake

first dance with kids

 
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