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Thursday 24 July - Offley Place

Krissie and David

From the very first time I met Vikki and Mark, I felt like I'd known them for years. So I was really looking forward to being part of their big day. Yes, their wedding was on a Thursday but that certainly didn't stop their guests partying hard!

Offley Place

bouquet

I frequently photograph at Offley so know my way around and how the day will usually run. But every wedding there is so different that it keeps me on my toes and I like to find new locations to use for photos.

conservatory set up for ceremony and groom

bride entrance

bride entrance

The registrars who conduct the ceremonies at Offley are also great. So long as I don't get in the way, I'm allowed to move around, get in close, even use flash (not that I need it in the conservatory).

 bride smiles

bouquet and dress details

exchange of rings

exchange of rings

exit ceremony

The bride and groom also challenged me to create a heart shaped group photo featuring all the guests. Not to give all my secrets away, but it did involve a bit of planning and garden plant tags!

heart shaped group photo

bridal party

rose garden pavilion

Formal stuff is one thing but Vikki and Mark had also asked Lee Smith from walkaboutmagic to come along and entertain the guests. I also made sure that they got the confetti shower shot they wanted.

magic

confetti

The wedding breakfast was decorated with goldfish bowls full of flowers and the couple had chosen to just use simple table numbers rather than a theme. Mark had everyone in stitches during his speech, especially with the gift he presented to Vikki... a rather saucy apron!

conservatory for wedding breakfast

speeches

speeches

wedding cake

At Offley the sun dips behind the trees, so you never get a full on sunset. However any golden evening light and long shadows are beautiful for photos.

evening sunshine

evening sunshine

bride and groom

My photos can't do justice to their first dance, as you really had to be there to appreciate the fun and humour they put into it. However I am pleased to have captured the 'ta dah' big finish!

first dance

 

 

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