Photographing a friend’s wedding is a huge honour, especially when they book their wedding around your availability! You’d think that would add a different sort of pressure compared to photographing someone’s wedding who you’ve only met a few times beforehand, and sometimes it does, but not this time. The whole Rootham wedding experience was pretty incredible and one of the most organised, well thought out DIY weddings I’ve been to. Being the youngest of four siblings who had already been married, Matt had the help and support of the amazing Rootham family who hosted and cooked for 60-70 guests at Letton Hall (reception venue, Christian conference centre and Matt’s old home!) including 20-30 of Ida’s German family who had flown over especially. Matt’s Dad held the church service, his two brothers were his best men, his sister led the prayers, his nieces were the flower girls and everyone knew what they were doing – a photographer’s dream! The list was endless but the family managed to do all of this whilst including and welcoming Ida’s German family and all of the friends who made the trip to Norwich. There was such a lovely atmosphere throughout the whole weekend as the two cultures mingled and the two families came together in support of Matt and Ida. The bride’s dress was actually bought from a friend which helped hugely on the cost side of things but also had sentimental value as Matt had commented at the time of the friend’s wedding that it was one the best wedding dresses he’d ever seen. So when Ida and her friend met for a catch up and it was mentioned that she was thinking of selling it, Ida went ahead and bought the dress. It was perfect for her and Matt loved that she had remembered what he had said about it.
The venues that were chosen for the wedding held a special place in Matt and Ida’s hearts; the service at All Saints Church in Mattishall was led by Matt’s Dad, hosted by regulars of the congregation who had seen Matt grow up, and led by folks from their church in High Wycombe where the newlyweds met. And Letton Hall Conference Centre which Matt’s parents used to manage and live in so the family knew it inside out. Everything was definitely a team effort with family decorating the venue the night before, Matt’s work mates looking after the sound and video, Ida’s uncle making the wedding cake, friends and family setting up the day before and cleaning up the day after, and friends from Matt and Ida’s home church partaking in the service. And after all the effort put in by literally everyone there, we all let our hair down after the speeches and danced along to a band made up of Matt and Ida’s friends. Even then, after a such a full on day, the groom made a guest appearance by delighting us all and the playing the drums to Bruno Mars ‘Locked out of Heaven’! I hope you get a sense of the love, support and joy that was felt by everyone at Matt and Ida’s wedding. Zoë and I certainly felt it and it was wonderful to be a part of – so thank you, Matt and Ida!