The last couple of weeks of heavy rain showers have made life a bit more difficult for anyone organising their wedding! After weeks of warm, dry sunshine, last Saturday dawned a bit grey and windy and I was keeping everything crossed that the rain would not arrive until later in the day and after we were all inside for the reception of Helen and Ben’s wedding. I arrived at Ubley Church, near Bristol, which is just up the road from me and saw guests arriving and chatting outside church. The church has a lovely setting right in the middle of the village on slightly raised up ground and is very much the hub of the village; quite a few locals had pitched on the tiny village green with the papers to watch the comings and goings!
Helen and Ben arrived together and looked delighted to be there with everyone wishing them well outside church – particularly as Helen’s Godfather Robert was there to meet them and would be taking the ceremony – a really lovely and personal touch. Helen’s choir had a special slot in the service – singing a special piece for the couple – and Helen looked like she quite wanted to join in!
Afterwards, Helen and Ben’s little daughter Elsa was the star of the show toddling around outside and keeping everyone amused. We had decided to do their family pictures in the church yard and it was just starting to rain as we were finishing those and about to head off. We had planned to do some couple shots down by Blagdon lake as Helen and Ben live in the village, but it was just too wet, so we headed straight over to Shipham for the reception. Despite the weather, everyone tucked in to Pimms and canapés with gusto and looked like they were really enjoyed themselves and I spent quite a while wandering around and capturing the action. Before dinner, I took Helen and Ben outside for a few minutes with a brolly for some photographs of them on the path next to the village hall, which has some lovely trees and also took some photographs of them using the big glass windows. Wet weather means you have to think more creatively about backgrounds for photographs and windows and even the marquee lining proved to make for some lovely shots. After the meal, the band warmed up and everyone hit the dance floor – the band was really good and I felt my own feet tapping as I was taking pictures of the dancing!
Here are a few of my favourite images: