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Saturday 3 October - St Michael's Bray and Burnham Beeches

Susan and Chris

The wedding of Susan and Chris saw the start of a busy month of October weddings for me. On arrival at Burnham Beeches it was to the most beautiful autumn sunshine which had everyone in a great mood during the bridal preparations. I loved that Susan's dress actually had pockets - which I spotted after hanging it up at a window and wondering what the dark shape halfway down the skirt was. On investigation it was a lucky farthing!

Burnham Beeches Hotel

dress and jewellery

preparations

shoes

bride hair and makeup

As everything was so calm and organised with the girls it meant I could head off to the church in Bray to meet up with Chris and the boys. I'd never been to the village before but I now know that it's got two Michelin starred restaurants - including Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck. Not that there was time for sampling food when there was plenty to be photographing - including Chris' cufflinks which as he's a mechanic made perfect sense.

groom and bestman

groom and cufflinks

groomsmen

Their ceremony had the most interesting start time ... 14.45 and I can confirm that Susan arrived spot on time. A really personal touch was when the vicar asked all the children to come up and join in with a blessing.

ceremony vows and exchange of rings

ceremony

signing the register

blessing and exit

With such a great doorway I was able to take advantage of a captive audience of family and friends to take a selection of formal photos. I always agree a shotlist in advance with the couple to make sure no one key gets missed out and at the very least I recommend a few shots with the bridal party and immediate family.

bride and groom at church doorway

mr and mrs sign and horseshoe

bridal party

Sending the guests off, to start on the drinks and canapes, Susan and Chris got to spend a few moments together and enjoy their lovely wedding car - complete with fun bubble machine which we made full use of! We then had the joy of navigating the centre of Maidenhead on route to join everyone at the hotel.

couple at church doorway

with wedding car

bubbles

Making their grand entrance into the hotel grounds - with the car roof down - it was like turning up at a movie premier. Especially when the bride and groom walked down the red carpet to a shower of confetti. Thankfully the hotel staff knew not to hand over the champagne until afterwards, as otherwise it does have a tendency to ruin a good glass of bubbly!

arrival at hotel

open top car

confetti

bride during drinks reception

all guests

kiss at hotel

The Windsor Suite was all set up and ready to go with hints of Cadbury's purple throughout. The centrepieces were amazing with orchids and floating candles in tall vases and the couple had arranged for a magician to entertain the guests at their tables. The fork bending trick was a favourite with everyone - thankfully he had brought his own supply as otherwise the hotel would have been short of cutlery by the end of the meal.

wedding breakfast

table details

table magic

The last bit of formality before the party got going was the first dance, but I'd also been asked to take some sparkler photos which are always fun to do. I've now re-stocked my supply for next years weddings as they're not the easiest things to purchase in the peak summer months.

first dance

sparklers

 
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