Last Saturday I photographed one of the nicest weddings I have ever been to. It was a perfect early Autumn day and there was a lovely atmosphere all day.
Sarah was getting ready at her parents’ home in Alveston with bridesmaids Jen, Sue and Jen when I arrived. After the girls had had their hair and make up done Sarah’s brothers got stuck in with a huge pan of scrambled egg and toast in the kitchen and made plate after plate of cooked breakfast for everyone. I reluctantly turned down a plateful thinking that I needed both hands free for my cameras – it did smell really good though!
Sarah had her hair done in a really nice style with plaits around the side and the rest combed back into a bun – funnily enough very similar to how I had my wedding hair done by my Sister years ago! She then got dressed with help from the other girls and the last half an hour before they had to leave for church seemed to fly by.
As I arrived at the church, Ben was greeting guests outside and didn’t appear to be too nervous. I think sometimes the speeches are more nerve racking than the wedding itself! The vicar at Alveston is really flexible which made such a difference as I was allowed to shoot from where I wanted to during the ceremony and I decided I would have a go at getting up the loft ladder during a hymn to get some aerial shots from the balcony – try climbing a rickety ladder with 3 cameras about your person as it’s no mean feat! The Bristol Male Voice Choir sang during the signing of the registers and they did one of my favourite pieces – How Great Thou Art which was absolutely spine tingling.
After the ceremony Sarah and Ben chatted to guests as they came out of church and we did their family shots using a bench in the churchyard. They then headed off for the reception in Pilning (getting stuck into a bottle of Champagne as they drove off!).
I have never seen a marquee decorated quite like Sarah and Ben’s. Sarah and her family and friends had made bunting, table cloths and other decorations in lovely ginghams and pastel colours and had set tables laden with vintage china, birdcages, homemade jams and cakes for a traditional afternoon tea. Thornbury Brass Band, which is Sarah’s Brother Tom’s band, were playing outside on the lawn including some pieces from Chicago and probably the best version of the A Team theme tune I have heard! Speeches were during tea and afterwards I took Sarah and Ben off for a few minutes to do a few photographs of them in the grounds.
Here are a few of my favourite images: