April and May are definitely my favourite months of the year to take photographs. I do love the Autumn colour as well but there is just something about the blossom, zingy green leaves and warmer longer days that’s good for the soul. A couple of weeks back I went down to Longleat, which is on my doorstep really, to photograph Tina and Keith’s wedding. It was one of the most unusual and scenic weddings I have photographed – having the animals as well as the lovely setting with the house and gardens and we had a fantastic day. In the morning I stopped by Tina and Keith’s house to see the girls who were busy with hair and make up and saw Grace, a make up artist I have worked with a few times before so it was nice to catch up with her. Once hair and make up were finished, the girls changed into their navy dresses – I always think navy is a great colour for bridesmaids’ dresses if you have a few people with different colouring as it suits everyone and makes flowers really stand out. Keith was over in their local – with Dennis the best man and also a shiny Aston Martin DB9 outside (so Keith almost got to be Bond for the day!). I then drove over to Longleat where guests were arriving for the wedding in the Orangery and being entertained by a harpist. The Orangery at Longleat has its own private Labyrinth outside that even has heart shapes in the iron arches – very romantic and perfect for a wedding!
The ceremony was quite emotional – there were definitely a few hankies out by the end and because the room was so light – it was lovely to photograph in. After the ceremony, we all went out onto the lawn in the secret garden for Champagne, canapés and some family group photographs. Tina and Keith had some photographs by themselves in front of the house and using the lovely walled garden part of the secret garden and then it was time for dinner. There can sometimes be a lull after a wedding breakfast, while guests have coffees and chat waiting for the evening reception to start – but we had a treat in store; a trip around the lake on a boat to see the animals and even feed the sea lions – great for photographs and quite amazing to see them up close. As the light was fading we came back to the orangery for the evening and Tina and Keith’s first dance. It was pretty tricky picking my favourite images to blog, but here are a few: