Last Saturday I had probably the closest wedding of the summer season – in nearby Chewton Mendip and Litton. This neck of the woods is actually a favourite spot of mine (any fellow Nigel Vine pub walkers out there?!) so it was an easy 5 minute drive past the lake over to Chewton Mendip at midday to meet up with Lucy and her bridesmaid and sister Charlotte. They had booked a fantastic little place to get ready; the Post House B + B, which had decor I got the green monster over (think lots of old floorboards, cream flagstone floors, lovely furniture and Farrow and Ball paint!). They were about to have lunch when I arrived so I had a wander around the house and took a few detail shots of Lucy’s dress and a few other bits and pieces before they put the finishing touches to their make up and got into their dresses. It was really exciting when we heard the church bells start to ring and my queue to head over to the church.
I had actually seen Simon earlier at the church on my way past but he had had a bit of time to suit up and was chatting to his best man James and his ushers Spencer, David, Alex and John when I caught up with them. Guests were arriving and despite a 5 minute interval of some very very light rain it stayed bright and warm – perfect English summer weather!
Lucy arrived to meet up with little flowergirls Poppy and Isabella who were clearly loving having such pretty dresses on and it was time to head inside for the ceremony. It is so nice when vicars are relaxed about taking photographs in church. I always take a very respectful attitude to taking pictures in church (I work really unobtrusivesly and don’t use flash for example) so it’s really nice to be able to just do what I do and get as many shots as I did from different places. After the ceremony, guests showered Lucy and Simon with confetti before they headed back to Simon’s parents’ nearby farmhouse for the reception.
When we arrived the jazz band were playing and it looked like such an idyllic setting for a wedding reception with a huge garden next to a little brook and the marquee in the background. We took the time while guests were making their way over from the church to do some shots of Lucy and Simon and they also were glad of a glass of lovely cold champagne!
I spent the next while capturing guests enjoying the reception while Lucy and Simon enjoyed themselves and then took some shots of their speeches as they sat down for dinner.
The Post House B +B: https://www.theposthousebandb.co.uk/
Here are some of my favourite images: