Today saw us meandering through the leafy lanes of Warwickshire towards Walton hall for the Wedding of Amy and Di.
We had first met this lovely couple at the Edward lewis wedding fayre at Walton Hall, (with a string quartet playing an accompaniment in the back ground) and had such a wonderful feeling about this couple, they were so warm and loving that we knew straight away that we wanted to be a part of their forthcoming wedding day.
We spent the morning with each bride as they prepared for the day ahead, Gaby spent her morning thinking up ever more creative ideas for locations for the photos of the dress and all of the details that make the day, Martin kept his side entertained with witty banter to ease any nerves (while taking one or two pictures as well).
The wonderful brides once they had made themselves even more beautiful than they were to start off with, had chosen to have and American style reveal/ first look on the stairs which we have to say was both beautiful and very emotional (one or two tears were shed by us both) before they made their way to ceremony room. Martin had already gone on ahead to capture the guests as they seated themselves, such a great time to capture natural documentary style images of the meeting and greeting.
The Brides making their entrance into the ceremony room, gliding underneath the line of spectacular chandeliers that adorn the ceiling at Walton hall made for some beautiful images (because we always position ourselves with one of us at the front and one at the back, we are able to capture the joy on the Brides faces when they see all their friends and family and also the guests joyful looks at them). The Ceremony was made all the more emotion with two speeches from friends who brought tears to the eyes of all present.
Ceremony complete we always give the couple plenty of time for congratulations from their guests, which again allows us time to mingle and capture natural images before we move on to the requested group shots, thankfully the weather was glorious so we were able to head outside and use the magnificent hall us a back drop (did we mention that we love shooting weddings here!).
Group shots complete we were able to spend time with Amy and Di capturing some more romantic style images around the hall, making full use of the wonderful architectural arches they have there before escorting them back to their guests, (we then quickly made ourselves bust photographing the table details which very much reflected the brides love of games, Including a trivial pursuit themed cake!) make sure that we then photographed their grand entrance into the reception hall, with all the guest cheering and clapping them in.
We then retired to rest and refuel, (having some time to quickly check our images so far on the back of our cameras we were delighted with what we saw). We then made our way back to the hall to get ourselves into position for speeches (a part of the day that we always enjoy as there is always so many things going on around us, thankfully with us both in position we can capture both the speaker and the guests reaction to the speeches) the speeches included a small look back through the photo albums of the bride as they were growing up with made for some hilarity to say the least.
As the speeches were happening unknown to one of the brides a surprise was being prepared in the main hall, where a massed choir were assembling to sing their congratulations to her (we had been made aware of this surprise so were able to make sure that we were both in position to get the combined looks of surprise and joy from all). We then had a small window of opportunity in which to take the wonderful couple outside once more for some more romantic images of them both at dusk with our off camera flashes before making sure that they were back to greet their evening guests.
As we mingled with the guests, imagine our surprise when we heard that a Barn owl had been spotted outside the hall, needless to say that we had to capture an image of this as well!, we then moved swiftly on to the cutting of the amazing Trivial Pursuit themed wedding cake before seamlessly flowing into the first dance (we were able to combine our use of off camera flashes with natural ambient light to capture all the colours as the couple danced around), they then invited all their guests to join them as they got on down on the dance floor (apparently there is nothing like a Sclub party to which we heartily agree).
This wonderful and beautiful day was then rounded off by fireworks at the back of the hall, which once more we were able to capture with a combination of long exposure shots to capture the firework bursts and flash (who doesn’t love fireworks!!), before we made our way back home.
We wish you both a life time of happiness and love!