Saturday 27th June
- Minstrel Court
Having done a pre-wedding shoot with
Sabrina and Greg, I knew that their day was going to be extremely
well planned and organised. When I arrived at their home to
capture the preparations, even the hairdressers had a printed
schedule to keep to.
At the Lake Pavilion everything was set
up ready to go. Unlike most venues, at Minstrel Court you
can be guaranteed an outdoor setting, regardless of the weather,
as they have awnings that cover the guests for both rain -
and in this case - sun. There was however a hint of nervous
tension from groom Greg and bestman Cameron, especially when
their dad disappeared to rescue a guest who's car had broken
Sabrina and the bridal party walked all
the way from the house to the pavilion and I think she'd be
the first to admit that her dress managed to collect rather
a lot of debris on route! However that really didn't matter
as the only important thing was seeing Greg and getting those
vows said. (A team of us picked all the leaves and twigs out
The Pavilion has a great view out over
the lake - complete with water lillies and huge fish swimming
around! With access via the wooden bridge it feels miles from
Straight after the ceremony I gathered
everyone up for an all guest and confetti shot. The venue
is strict about only using real petals and luckily the bride
and groom have a rose tree in their garden. So between the
bridesmaids, mother of the bride and myself, we'd harvested
a tub full of white petals earlier that morning.
After drinks and canapes on the lawn,
the wedding breakfast was held in the marquee. The bride and
groom are planning on re-using the tableplan by putting wedding
photos into the frames. I also liked how they'd numbered the
tables.. each one was named after a piste they'd skied down.
I've been to some of the same resorts so recognised the routes!
At the end of the meal they cut their cake using the venue's
very own sword.
June is a great time of year to photograph
as there's so much light well into the evening. Even though
Sabrina and Greg's ceremony was at 3pm there was still opportunities
for some evening photos around the folly in the grounds.
Sabrina was keen to keep with tradition
and throw her bouquet but was convinced she wouldn't get much
distance on the throw itself. Positioning the ladies (note:
away from the lake) the flowers flew and there was a proper
competetive scrap to be the one to catch it.
With the light fading, everyone headed
into the Long Gallery to see the couple's first dance and
get on the LED dancefloor for some fun. However at 10pm, the
promise of fireworks got everyone back outside quick enough!