Saturday 12 September
- Minstrel Court
Since Michelle first got in touch about
photographing for her and Adrian we've had many facebook chats
... about how it works if people aren't keen on having their
picture taken, the merits of black and fushia pink as a colourscheme
and even recommendations for DJs. So by the time it came to
the wedding itself I like to think that we knew a fair bit
about each other.
The bridal preparations were all going
so smoothly - until I was just about to head off to the church.
Unfortunately the zip on one of the bridesmaids dresses broke
so it was all hands to the deck to pin and sew her into the
material. We did it but it meant that I only arrived at the
venue just before the bride... so keep it quiet but the groom
and bestman pictures may have been taken after the ceremony!
St Mary's Church in Sawston is just down
the road from where the couple live and the vicar has known
Michelle for years. I did ask whether he was planning on telling
any embarrassing stories from her teenage years but he kept
his promise to keep those for another time. The ceremony was
beautiful and I loved that I was allowed to climb the spiral
staircase to the organ balcony for some shots from above.
As everyone was to leave the church via
the same door, I asked the bride and groom to just take a
few moments to themselves in the churchyard whilst the rest
of the guests exited. I think it's really important to grab
these opportunities as you actually spend so much of the day
apart. By then the doorway was free and all the bridal party
were assembled for some photos.
Michelle has a lot of siblings so it
did take me a while to put faces to names ... and I may have
resorted to counting that I had the correct number of people
in the family photo. Adrian's brother (one of the bestmen)
was also a huge help in rounding people up for me, especially
when we got to Minstrel Court. If I shout at guests then I
feel rude and bossy, but a bestman shouting is fine!
Michelle and Adrian love the folly at
Minstrel Court so I made sure they had plenty of photos taken
with it when we arrived. However, I may have gotten into the
bad books with the venue owner as later on I was taking pictures
of some of the younger guests when one of them climbed on
it! Honestly, I did not encourage them, but we all got a stern
The pink colours continued into the marquee
for the wedding breakfast. Each of the tables had a different
sweet tree as a centrepiece and the bride and groom had marshmallow
and ferrero rocher figures. It made such a nice change to
see a different way of using confectionery (rather than just
a sweet cart). The most popular tree seemed to be the one
made from flying saucers although the Percy Pigs came a close
All that sugar had given everyone plenty
of energy so even though it had gotten dark, the castle was
re-inflated for some evening bouncing. There were some impressive
somersaults from the guys and giggling from the girls but
the overall opinion was that it's harder (and more tiring)
than you remember from childhood.
With the first dance done, the dancefloor
was in constant use but I managed to sneak the couple away
back to the folly (now lit up) for some night-time shots which
are my favourites from the whole day.