Friday 14 August
- Bradbourne House
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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!