Saturday 1 August
- St Marys and The Sun Hotel Hitchin
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
After cutting the cake the couple took
to the dancefloor for their first dance - and of course the
kids wanted to join in too!