Last Saturday I met up with Liz and Richard to chat about their wedding and to do a pre-wedding shoot. I love doing these as it gives me some time to get to know people a little better before their wedding, find out more about them as people, not just a bride and groom – their likes and dislikes, their passions, their interests and their story. This usually means that by the time I meet them again on their wedding day I am more like a friend and so fit in more naturally to the day.
This particular meeting was slightly unusual in that it was the first time we had all met – Liz is returning home for her wedding, but they do not live locally any more, so this was the first time we all set eyes on each other. This meant that we had a lot to cram into the time we had available, so less time than I would usually spend wandering around, chatting and taking photographs. Oh and it was really, really cold, so nobody wanted to be outdoors for very long. Another unusual step for me was to meet the couple at their wedding venue – the fabulous Royal Oak in Yattendon. I generally like to meet with couples in a place that is special to them personally and perhaps significant within their relationship so that we can create some images that have meaning to them at the same time as having some fun and putting them at their ease with my camera! But in this instance time was not really on our side, so we headed out into the garden behind the pub. Of course at this time of year it is not looking its best, but I know it is going to be stunning by April when Liz and Richard are getting married.
The garden at the Royal Oak happens to feature a rather splendid Boules pitch (is that the right word?!) and I managed to convince them (without too much persuasion) to have a few games. And then the sun came out, oh the glorious low, warm winter sun. I am afraid I did get a little geeky about the fabulous flare, but I think Liz and Richard were laughing with me 😉
We also popped into the church where the ceremony will be held – an exquisite, tiny old church – think original frescoes and 12th century tiles, I was one very excited little photographer! I really can’t wait for Liz and Richard’s big day, it is going to be gorgeous