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Friday 15 April - Woburn Sculpture Gallery

Victoria and James

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.

Sculpture Gallery

deer

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.

bride's shoes

dress

bouquet

lacing up dress

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.

ceremony setup

groom and bestmen

pocket watches

groom

groomsmen walk

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.

bride ready and with dad

ceremony

exchange rings

signing the register

confetti

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.

couple under arch

couple under courtyard arch

Thankfully the temple makes a great backdrop for group photos - seriously who needs gardens when you have these great pillars and steps indoors.

bridal party

parents and one knee

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.

bride and groom

bride and groom hug

bride and groom hug

bride and groom

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.

meal setup and flowers

table details

talking to guests

cutting cake with axe

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!

first dance

gallery at night

 
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