Natalie and Sam were married at the absolutely beautiful Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire. The sun was out, so everyone was able to make the most of  the gorgeous grounds at Stoke Place with some lawn games, especially Jenga! I love Jenga, I have something of an obsession with lingering until the tower collapses.

Sam is very sporty and especially loves cycling, which the couple incorporated beautifully into their decorations. That table plan is a painted bike wheel, which span around to show each table. The room was beautifully lit by candles and I just loved the little plants as favours. Speaking of lovely details, Natalie included a broach of her grandparents on her bouquet, such a sweet touch to have them with her walking down the aisle.

There were some incredible moves on the dance floor at this wedding! Natalie and Sam kicked off the dancing with a first dance to You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry, featuring a Pulp Fiction dance competition homage. Oh and this was followed up by a dance-off, yes, a dance-off! Including some incredibly impressive flipping in the air!

This was such a fun wedding to cover and I wish Natalie and Sam all the best for the future!

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A lovely winter wedding for you today! Rachael and Marc were married at Offley Place in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. We had some fantastic British weather for this wedding, rain and wind, with some unexpected sunshine (that looked a lot more inviting than it actually was). Luckily, Offley Place has some beautiful light-filled rooms for group shots in case it’s wet outside, so we stayed inside for our group shots. Rachael, Marc and I braved the outside for some couple shots as the sun was low in the sky – my favourite time!

There were so many laughs at this wedding, it was wonderful to cover and be a part of Rachael and Marc’s big day! Including a great moment where a wasp tried to attack Rachael mid-ceremony and her bridesmaid leapt to action, wielding a bouquet as a weapon.

I’ve had the pleasure of covering quite a few weddings where magician Lee Smith at Walkabout Magic was in attendance, he’s an absolute joy to work with and I just love seeing everyone’s reactions to his magic; they definitely make for some great photos! I always get excited when a couple tell me they’re going to have sparklers at their weddings (even if there’s a little moment of fear when I consider heavy alcohol consumption and open flames). I clearly have a lot of the child-like excitement about sparklers and they make for gorgeous photos. Rachael and Marc were married the weekend after Bonfire Night, so it was particularly great to see some sparkler action here.

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Marie and Liam were married at Mayfair Library, followed by a reception upstairs at The Lodge, East Dulwich Tavern in London. A route-master took us all to the pub, the plan was a lovely scenic route for all of their out of town guests to enjoy, but, London did not comply, with road closures, however, we still saw quite a lot and enjoyed a hair-raising twenty-point turn when the bus went down a road far too narrow to accommodate it.

The whole vibe of this wedding was very 40s/50s, it was very intimate with just family and close friends, it was very low key, personal and heartfelt…it felt a little like this is more what weddings would have been like for our parents/grandparents.

I’m going to gush about Marie’s dress for a moment – she made it herself! Yes, Marie made this super beautiful dress and it has sleeves! I love a wedding dress with sleeves – do you think when I get married Marie will make my dress too?! Marie also made their gorgeous wedding cake. Her and her bridesmaids put together their own bouquets and made one of the bridesmaid dresses. The evening music was played by one of Marie and Liam’s friends and it was just perfect – their first dance was a lovely acoustic version of More Than Words.

I like to think that I’m getting better at holding back the tears at weddings nowadays, but, Marie’s speech broke any resolve I might have had! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place, Marie managed to perfectly convey just how much she loves Liam, talking about the butterflies she had when she used to get the bus to see him as a teenager and how she feels just the same now. Marie and Liam have the kind of relationship we can all aspire to and wish them all the happiness for the future.

 

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