From time to time, I meet couples with whom I have a genuine connection with; we get along, we have common interests or a similar sense of humour, there aren’t any awkward silences and we feel comfortable around each other. Somehow, this ease and natural state of being manages to translate into the photos I take. I find I am able to happily snap away, capturing intimate, funny, meaningful moments and no one seems to know I’m there. The couple are often too wrapped up in themselves, in the moment, with their nearest and dearest, to really notice me at all which is perfect! The more I can blend in and not be obtrusive, the better the photos, the happier the guests and the moments captured are, therefore, of genuine celebration.
One such couple is Alex and Alana and I am so honoured, excited and chuffed to be able to share this glorious day with you all. It was definitely a favourite of mine to photograph not only because of the gracious nature of the bride and groom but because of the many personal touches that were included in the day itself. It seemed that every detail had been meticulously thought out with love at the heart of it all, which was undoubtedly true for most of the day, but there were some glorious surprises for both the bride and groom as well. Having met through their love of performing, the newlyweds had many guests who shared their passion for the arts and some even shared beautiful tributes to the happy couple through speeches, songs and poems. All were filled with emotion and there was barely a dry eye in the place!
The setting of this glorious day was literally picture perfect. St Mary the Virgin Church in Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire, was bathed in sunshine as the newlyweds appeared through the doors as husband and wife with the biggest grins imaginable plastered all over their faces. You may recognise this particular church as it has appeared as the famous but fictional St Barnabas in the brilliant TV series, The Vicar of Dibley. Another claim to fame sat nestled on the hillside over looking the church – see if you can spot it. Two words: windmill and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (well that’s five words but you get the point!).
Old Luxters Brewery, down the road in Hambleden, played host to the wedding reception and did not disappoint. A splendidly decorated marquee and cosy candlelit barn provided the backdrop to a wonderful afternoon and evening which was clearly enjoyed by all. Handmade apple favours adorned the wedding breakfast tables, hand-drawn birds decorated the backdrop to the head table, fairy lights twinkled everywhere, candles flickered on the tables and a beautiful hand-drawn map of the world welcomed the guests to take their seats.
One thing worth mentioning that seemed to just ‘come together’ on the day were the bridesmaids dresses. Each of the six ladies had been told to buy a full-length dress individually with the only instruction of the autumnal/winter hue that they should compliment and wow, what a result!