Saturday saw me and my assistant Sarah, raising our eyes to the heavens … and getting rained on. Vicky and Simon were married at beautiful St James Church in Egerton with a marquee reception back at their home near Headcorn. Plans were made, umbrellas purchased, torches to hand (it gets dark in the countryside) and their celebrations were underway. I have known Vicky for a few years as her company is one of my corporate clients and we had kept in touch in the lead up to the day. Vicky had worked tirelessly to create a gentle country-themed wedding, after all, she reminded me on a couple of occasions that she is “a country girl” … with flowers home grown and the bouquets all made by my lovely bride on the morning of her wedding, I knew it was going to be fun!
The marquee was already looking stunning and Vicky sped round the corner, dress in hand to get ready.
Vicky, you looked amazing. Your dress was so flattering (and not the green, gypsy style that you kept teasing Simon about!)
We were so lucky to get a tiny break so that we can have bridal portraits with her lovely girls outside … and Vicky also sensibly took refuge in the beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, Miss Grace from Clive at www.buttonholesandbouquetsweddingcars.com
As the girls were nearly ready to go, I sped off to the church to find Simon who was greeting arriving guests and sheltering from the rain, although from this shot, you wouldn’t know it was actually raining! The buttonholes were cleverly created from ordnance survey maps, very fitting for Simon’s profession!
The ceremony was beautifully conducted by Sheila, St James’s vicar, who was exceptionally accommodating to Sarah and I as long as we didn’t draw attention to ourselves. Talented Georgia sang during the signing of the register and the wedding guests raised the roof to a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.
As it was sadly still raining as the bride and groom were ready to process from the church, we managed to keep them dry by remaining right by the doorway … I was kept dry by the sterling efforts of the ushers and the light was beautiful!
We briefly discussed whether we should orchestrate the confetti shot back at the marquee but decided we would give it a go along the tree lined exit to the church … and it was worth it – we captured some great expressions and relevant umbrellas (rain, rain go away!).
Quirky details and an amazing cake of cheese awaited us on our return to the marquee!
After scones and cake (oh the cake … yum!), we did manage to get outside for a few portraits while there was still a little bit of light in the sky …
And then our bride serenaded our groom to huge applause!
We had planned a “back lit umbrella shot with rain drops” on our departure … but would you believe it, by the time it was dark enough for this particular shot, it has STOPPED RAINING!!! So Sarah and I bid our lovely bride and groom farewell and found our way back to our cars (the torches came in very handy!).
All in all, a wonderful day which was not at all affected by the odd spot of rain … congratulations to you both, Vicky and Simon, and the love that you share for each other is so very evident in our images … I’m looking forward to editing and sharing them with you and working with you both to create a bespoke album filled with memories and love!