Friday 15 April
- Woburn Sculpture Gallery
I always hope for a dry day whenever
I'm shooting a wedding, however there's always the odd one
that is just plain soggy! Unfortunately that happened on Victoria
and James' big day but to be honest the weather didn't put
a dampner on anything as at the Sculpture Gallery there are
so many lovely indoor locations to explore.
Never one to shy away from a sparkly
pair of shoes I enjoyed getting to know the bridal party as
they got ready upstairs. There was even a quick run through
of the walk down the aisle for Victoria and all 6 bridesmaids.
It's a really long walk down the length of the gallery and
we all wanted to make sure that the timings were spot on for
the real thing.
Rather than going for one colourscheme,
the couple decided to go for mix of pastel shades. This was
reflected in the chair sashes, bridesmaids dresses and flowers.
Even the bestmen had different colour ties ... they did however
receive matching pocket watches as gifts.
After Victoria's extremely long walk
down the aisle (which did go perfectly) the ceremony was lovely.
I'd been warned that photos may not be allowed but the registrars
said fine as long as I kept out of the way - a real bonus.
OK, so James did drop the ring and ended up on the floor picking
it up but that just made everyone laugh. Woburn don't allow
confetti outdoors but happily hoover it up from indoors so
we made sure the couple got showered in it as they exited.
With the rain not stopping my brollies
were used to transport the couple to one of the courtyard
arches where they could stay nice and dry but still get some
fresh air and time away from the guests.
Thankfully the temple makes a great backdrop
for group photos - seriously who needs gardens when you have
these great pillars and steps indoors.
Also indoors is this fantastic coridoor
where the bride and groom had placed photos of themselves
at key moments in their relationship (including James' proposal).
Also next door is the Camellia House, a huge greenhouse /
conservatory which doubled as a tropical paradise. However
eventually we got a break in the rain allowing some photos
of the actual gallery exterior.
Each of the tables for the wedding breakfast
followed a different colour but with lillies as centrepieces
to give some height. Personalised wedding Love Hearts and
bags of sweet favours also kept everyone happy. Now for anyone
wondering ... James is a fireman ... and part of the ceremonial
uniform is an axe. So I did ask them to try cutting the cake
with it, but we resorted to a knife in the end.
Transformed with pink uplighters the
gallery was ther perfect setting for the couple's first dance
and I couldn't resist using the colours for some night time
photos too - you can't even see the drizzle!