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Saturday 12 September - Minstrel Court

Michelle and Adrian

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.

lego figures

wedding dress

bride hair

decorated trainers

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!

groom at church

groom and bestmen

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.

bride entrance

church ceremony

vow and kiss

hymn singing

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.

churchyard kiss

church doorway

bridal party

bride and bouquet

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!

brides family

grooms mum looking at wedding ring

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 telling off.

bride and groom at Minstrel Court folly

bride and groom hug

bride and groom kiss

bride and groom during guest dri nks

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 second.

marquee set up for wedding breakfast

top table details

sweet trees

cutting the cake

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.

groomsmen on bouncy castle

bride and bridesmaids on bouncy castle

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.

first dance

first dance

nighttime at the folly

 
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