” Mazel Tov”
When couples tell me that they want an outside wedding in the UK, my honest opinion often goes along the lines of ‘good luck with that’ or ‘are you sure?’ or ‘have you thought this through?’ You’d be surprised but it seems people forget that we live in one of the most unpredictable climates around when planning a wedding! If they have their hearts set on a ceremony out in the open, then I do encourage them to spend as much time planning for an alternative, undercover plan B ceremony as well as plan A so that they are not absolutely heartbroken if the heavens open and it literally rains on their parade. But sometimes, now and again, the Lord smiles down on us with his sunshine grin and gives us a corker of day, unrivalled by our Mediterranean friends further south. Leo and Emma’s stunning wedding at Wasing Park was one of those days. I still can’t get over how brilliantly the sun shone, how warm the day was and how the grounds of Wasing Park looked so picturesque, especially writing this now, in the official summertime of Great Britain with dull, grey clouds outside my window.
The delicious blooms courtesy of the fantastic White Horse Flower Company smelled and looked heavenly from the girls’ bouquets to the table centres. So much colour, so many lovely smells and, in the words of White Horse Flower Company owner Lindsey Kitchin, ‘big blousy arrangements – the bigger, the better!’ I couldn’t agree more. And to make the flowers look even better, both sides of the wedding party scrubbed up extremely well and looked gorgeous. Emma’s styling suited her down to the ground and her stunning wedding dress by Suzanne Neveille is definitely a favourite of mine – just check out the photos if you don’t believe me. Leo’s bespoke suit looked impeccable and together, they looked like they had just stepped out of a magazine shoot.
One very clever thing I observed about Leo and Emma’s day was the balance they managed to achieve with having a large number of guests but somehow still managing to create an intimate, emotional atmosphere that made you almost forget there were 120 people there with you. I could feel the emotion and meaningfulness of the day; there were happy tears, sad tears and so much laughter, there were smiles to capture everywhere! Leo and Emma’s families were clearly very proud of them and the newlyweds reciprocated that love by incorporating many family traditions into their day. From the Jewish blessing after the civil ceremony to the Jewish dancing after the first dance and not forgetting Leo’s Great grandfather’s sword that was used to cut the cake. Leo and Emma’s wedding was the coming together of two individuals who completely adore each other and by doing so, brought together two families who will be joined together from now on and everyone was very happy about it.
Venue Wasing Park
Flowers The White Horse Flower Company
Food Galloping Gourmet
Wedding Stationary Russet & Gray
Brides Wedding Dress Suzanne Neville
Please be upstanding for Charlotte & Andy.
When I started to shoot weddings, I never wanted to be that guy that just turns up on the morning of one of the most special and intimate days of your life and start taking photos. Some people can do this very well but for me, I want to always get to know the couple, spend time with them and by the time the wedding comes round I am not just a random stranger but someone that they can trust. In the case of Charlotte and Andy, we did an engagement shoot, not only to get some great photos but just another great reason to get to know them.
Charlotte and Andy had their wedding day at the very beautiful Wasing Park in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. This was the first time I had worked at Wasing Park and WOW, it was amazing. Couples book their venues and suppliers for many different reasons. Sometimes they like their style and approach, others because of their price point. In the case of Wasing Park, you book them for a venue that not only is beautiful and so well kept but also because you can trust the team who will bring a reassurance to your wedding so you as the bride or groom don’t have to worry about anything.
A few special mentions have to go to the amazing Lulabee for her beautiful bespoke wedding stationary, menus and decorations. The amount of love that went into these truly show and they add a lovely touch. When I started shooting weddings, I thought the whole point of flowers was just something that the bride could hold onto, but how very wrong I was. Choosing the right flowers can add something so special to your wedding day. They can tie themes together, add personality, and look gorgeous. Linz from The White Horse Flower Company does this to perfection. Not only will her flowers blow your mind, they will also smell incredible and, I promise you, in years to come when you smell the same flowers again, they will bring you right back to your wedding day. For me the smell of popcorn takes me right back to when I was a young boy and used to go to the Saturday cinema club and for that hour or so I could be anyone I wanted to (and usually it involved saving the world). On the wedding day when Linz explained the different flowers in the bouquet, Charlotte was so choked up and emotional. There was something truly very special about those flowers.
The ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, speeches and evening party were chock full of laughter, love, hilarity, emotions and tears. It seemed to me that every guest thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere all day was great. The night flew by and before I knew it, I boogying along with everyone, witnessing and photographing the hilarious dance battles (kudos to the chaps who tried to do the splits!!) and shapes being thrown on the dance floor. It says a lot about a couple and their guests when I find myself on the dance floor, being treated like an old friend, enjoying having a laugh with complete strangers and no one caring that I have a camera in my hand. Honestly, it makes my job so much easier and far more enjoyable when that happens. So huge thanks to the newlyweds and their loved ones; you made these photos happen, literally!
Venue Wasing Park
Caterers Galloping Gourmet
Dress Benjamin Roberts
Flowers The White Horse Flower Company
Grooms Suit Slaters
Makeup Charlotte Elizabeth
Stationary & Decorations Lulabee