In August I photographed a slightly more unusual wedding. I thought it was fantastic in so many ways – not least for me because the bride and groom met through Scouting and the groom’s old cub leader was at the wedding and actually camped in the grounds of the venue with her children! There was a lovely story behind the day, as Kirsty and Dave had actually got married last year, because Dave was going to work in America and in order for Kirsty to go too they needed to be married. They held a quick, small wedding and decided that they would return exactly one year on for a renewal of vows ceremony and a big party with all the people they wanted to invite in the first place.
So much about the day was personal, even down to the choice of wine – American and English. But let’s allow the story to unfold…..
Although Kirsty and Dave were only in the country for just over a week before the wedding they managed to make time to visit a pick-your-own flower farm. All of the flowers were picked by themselves and Dave’s Mum and along with Dave’s sister they created beautiful arrangements for all the tables, buttonholes for the men, posies for the bridesmaids and even Kirsty’s own bouquet.
Unfortunately the British summer did let us down on the day, and we had some really heavy downpours…..
Happily we were able to move the ceremony inside the barn and it was just beautiful.
A Pimms reception in the garden was looking optimistic, but the sun came out for us and although thunder storms rumbled past to the north and the south of us (at the same time – it really was very strange!) we managed to enjoy the garden and get plenty of group shots before the rain sent us scuttling inside for the wedding breakfast.
I always love family members who are happy to pose for me as well
I just had to include some more of those fantastic flowers
Did I mention just how personal this whole day was? Just another little touch that Kirsty included was the gifts that she put in the bouquets for the Mums to say thank you – glass that she had blown herself and brought across from Seattle!
The farm where the wedding was held is also an equestrian centre, so there are plenty of horses around and the owner offered the loan of one should Kirsty and Dave want to get some photographs with one. They are not really horsey people, but I will leave you for now with this chap as he was stabled at the back of the barn and had an awful lot to say during the speeches!