Friday 12 June -
I met Natalie when she was a bridesmaid
at the wedding of Richard and Rachel a few years back. So
when she called me and said that she and Roger were getting
married I couldn't wait to jump in the car and hot foot it
back to my old home county of Somerset! I loved their wedding
stationery design as it featured icons depicting hobbies,
interests and holiday desinations.
Nat's not one for much makeup and after
a particularly bad professional trial decided to do the job
herself. In fact she's such a laid back lady that I thought
nothing would faze her ... well until the wedding car turned
up and she had a 'diva' moment thinking it was the wrong colour
Just a short drive into the centre of
Midsomer Norton saw Roger and the groomsmen waiting at the
Methodist Church. I had a small panic when the Vicar told
me no photography during the service but thankfully he relented
when I explained I'd be at the back - well out of the way.
With the church set up for Pentecost
(hence the fire themed banners) the ceremony went like clockwork.
The only thing that didn't go as expected was a lack of music
during the signing of the register. However the bride and
groom had arranged a slideshow of photos to be played on the
big screens to keep the guests amused.
With such a great doorway, it was the
perfect place for a few group photos. The forecasted rain
started just as I was finishing the shotlist so the brollies
came out to transport the couple to the wedding car. Whilst
I carry a range of umbrellas, they're not actually required
We all then drove to Shepton Mallet for
the reception at Kilver Court - me overtaking the bridal car
on route down the lanes! I've photographed at hundreds of
venue but the gardens at Kilver are truely stunning and all
set underneath a disused railway viaduct with a large lake
and waterfalls. As you can see I found my way onto the viaduct
for an aerial shot and we made the most of a break in the
rain for photos around the gardens.
The Ballroom was set up for the wedding
breakfast - and I know the amount of time and effort that
was put into dressing the room the day before. A friend had
made the 'Wallace and Gromit' inspired portraits and the bride
and groom had even brewed their own scrumpy cider.
Natalie and Roger are huge amounts of
fun to be around - and this photo of her 'pushing' her husband
towards the lake is a double take of an image I saw from their
engagement party. They also finished the evening with a firepit
for toasting marshmallows, although I think char-grilling
may have been more accurate!