The first time I photographed wedding for someone I did not know I was surprised to find, that by the time of the speeches, I was as moved as I would have been had this ben the wedding of two close friends. One of the most amazing things about being a wedding photographer is the joy and honour of learning so much of a couples history, not only together, but before they ever met. Fortunately this has never faded.
Sophie and Paul’s wedding was touching in many ways, not least because of their wonderful, kind and welcoming family/friends. I first heard from Sophie in late January 2014 (although she and her husband Paul had been planning this wedding since January 2013!) Having chatted on email about her plans it was clear to me from very early on that this would be a very big day indeed.
The bridal party spent the night before the wedding at the Mercure Hotel where Sophie also prepared for her ceremony. A short drive away at the absolutely beautiful St Mary’s Church Paul, his best man, ushers and guests began to gather in the morning sun. Accompanied by her father and two bridesmaids Sophie walked down the aisle looking radiant in a stunning dress by Jolliffes of Marlow. After the ceremony we took advantage of the beautiful church grounds with a variety of photographs of the bridal party.
Arriving back to the hotel, together with all 78 guests, I snuck upstairs to take a look at the main reception venue. Sophie and Paul chose classic Penguin books titles for both table names and guests seating. Coloured with the same aqua-green as worn by bridesmaids and ushers they were the perfect compliment. I particularly liked the romanic touch of two instead of one iconic penguin holding flippers. Flowers were provided by Amie Bone and complimented both the church and reception venue beautifully.
Sophie and Paul had thoughtfully provided activity packs for the youngest guests and it seemed many a happy hour was spent playing with bubbles, writing cards and trying to work out how to use ‘old-fashioned’ disposable camera’s. After the traditional speeches and cake cutting Sophie and Paul danced to ‘The wonder of you’ by Elvis Presley for their first dance as husband and wife.