Saturday 5 September
- Garden Court at Hanbury Manor
I knew Nicola and Brendon's wedding was
going to be good as even from the first time we met, we just
never stopped talking! They are however both very tall, so
I really wished I could photograph in heels just so that I
didn't feel like I was looking up at them the whole day. Nicola
also chose to wear flat shoes which meant I could take her
all around the grounds at Hanbury Manor withouy worrying about
her sinking into the grass!
I'd actually bumped into Brendon and
bestman Mark earlier that morning in their slightly less formal
attire (shorts and t-shirts) so I was glad that when they
arrived at Garden Court they were fully suited and booted.
I loved Brendon's IronMan cufflinks and the fact that he shunned
tradition with buttonholes being worn on the opposite side
to usual... obviously a clever plan not just a mistake!
Garden Court itself is a lovely space
for a ceremony - especially the black and white checked floor.
It's part conservatory, part summer house, part marquee and
all looking out onto the walled gardens. However, the venue
had decided that as it was September that they needed to put
the heating on. This was not required so myself and the registrar
opened the doors to stop everyone from wilting.
Whilst the bride and groom hadn't asked
for a confetti shot, so many of the guests had brought it
with them that it seemed a shame to not use it. However this
did mean that they needed to be brushed off and bits of it
picked out of their hair before I could start the family and
friends group photos.
The walled gardens are big enough that
we could sneak off for some couple photos without all the
guests wanting to get in on the act. I don't mind other people
taking pics but I like the bride and groom to have some that
no one else will have seen.
I thought their cake was just brilliant
- especially the figure of Brendon in his suit shorts. I'm
actually slightly surprised that he didn't have some shorts
to change into for the evening! The couple made their entrance
for the wedding breakfast down the staircase - yet another
good reason for Nicola wearing flats. Each of the tables was
named after an Orlando theme park as that's where they'll
be going on honeymoon very soon.
Having scoped out Hanbury Manor in advance
we headed to the 1st tee of the golf course for the last bit
of sunshine and a great view over the Hertfordshire countryside.
This gave the couple the chance for a bit of a first dance
practice but it was their idea to head into the long grass
- but where my bride and groom go of course I must follow.
Nicola then changed into her personalised and colour themed
Converse trainers for the real first dance for which that
checkered floor really worked!