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Saturday 2 July - St Mary's Henlow and Letchworth Hall Hotel

Nicole and Joe

A local wedding ... it's so nice when I spend the day only a few miles down the road. Nicole got ready at her parents house which is in the same village as me. If it wasn't for the vast quanties of camera kit I lug around I could have walked!

bride makeup

shoes

bouquet

flowergirls with dress

Joe and the boys were already at the church when I arrived all smartly attired in their blue suits ... which was definately the colour to be seen in this year. Note, brown shoes are also back in fashion!

groom and order of service

groom and bestman

groomsmen

It's usually the groom that feels the need to stop at the pub on route to the wedding but on this occasion it was Nicole and her dad who had a quick stop off at The Crown! I'd photographed at St Mary's a few years ago with no restrictions on shooting during the ceremony. However a change in the vicar meant I was told I wasn't allowed to this time after the bride got to the front of the church. I did however find the upstairs 'creche' room from which I could shoot unawares, although this was from behind glass and with a stained glass window. Bit of a challenge to say the least!

bride arrives

entrance

ceremony

ceremony

When Nicole arrived at the church it had started to rain, so I spent the whole ceremony trying to see what the conditions were doing outside. It was one of those days when you can have blue skies one minute but a downpour the next so I tend to try and take opportunties when I can rather than sticking to a specific time scheule.

bestman

bridal party

groomsmen

bride and groom at church

confetti

Down the road at Letchworth Hall I think I upset the venue manager! Rather than letting him announce the couple into the bar for drinks I was quite adamant that I needed them for photos that minute. To be honest, I was right as minutes after these photos were taken the skys turned black, thunder rolled and the heavens opened!

bride and groom

bride and groom

I see many different table ideas but when your new surname is 'West' I loved that the couple played on this and used compass directions. However, I don't think Joe was hugely impressed with his cake topper likeness ...

tableplan

wedding breakfast

wedding breakfast setup

table details

cake

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the weather was like this all day ... Nicole's dogs were allowed on site (complete with bow tie and flower corsage) that evening and seemed to love being part of the day as much as I did!

sun through the trees

bride and groom

with dogs

dancing

 
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