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Friday 14 August - Bradbourne House

Sarah and Chris

When Sarah first contacted me about her wedding she was very upfront about the fact that she HATES having her photo taken. However after a couple of meetings (and a quick test shoot) on the day I think she actually quite enjoyed having me around! The ceremony and reception was held at Bradbourne House and whilst it was my smallest wedding to date ... a total of 8 people including the bride and groom ... it was so full of fun and emotion more so than many of the larger weddings I go to.

Bradbourne House

bouquet

bouquet locket

Sarah still wanted her dress and entrance to be a surprise so we made sure that Chris was kept well out of the way. Apparently getting ties to match the dress was a complete nightmare but personalised cufflinks and silk flower bouquet and buttonholes were easier to source and make. Thankfully Chris' son Daniel was on hand to make sure his dad looked the part!

Chris and cufflinks

buttonhole

son straightening tie

Most brides are slightly nervous - and Sarah was no exception. She'd chosen a less traditional gown as wanted to be able to wear it again on a cruise later this year. Makes total sense to me as why only wear something once. Actually, as the couple were having a larger party for family and friends the following day, she was able to show it off again then.

bride ready

dress detail

bride and best friend

With Carys on the harp Sarah made her entrance into the ceremony. There are so many inter-connecting rooms at Bradbourne House that you could easily get lost. They'd chosen to use the Green Room as loved the ornate gold ceiling. Unusually the chairs were set up as a horseshoe allowing the guests to feel part of the ceremony.

harpiest and bride entrance

groom sees bride

ceremony vows

bride and groom during ceremony

personal vows

With sunshine in abundance it was no issue asking the wedding party to come out onto the steps for a few pictures and a spot of confetti. The venue are very pro confetti which is great - and I did offer to sweep it up afterwards.

all guests

confetti

With 20 acres of parkland the venue is not short of greenery. There's also a lake, river and even small waterfall if you want to walk a bit further. This gives a chance for couples to escape their guests (regardless of how many or few) and catch up on pre-wedding activities and let the fact that they're married sink in.

bride and groom walking

bridge and lake

bride and groom kiss

in the grounds and with house

Heading back to the Green Room the wedding breakfast was ready to be served. I saw the food being prepared and all the guests raved about how good it was. Before I headed off though there was time to capture the speeches which were all so entertaining that I learnt a lot about the couple!

wedding breakfast and cake

speeches

speeches

 
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