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