Every so often i get to photograph the wedding of someone i know - Henry & Kate's was one such wedding. I've known Henry for a number of years and Kate for probably half that time.
When they approached me about doing their wedding it was a real joy to know that i'd see these two wonderful characters on their special day, and be able to capture it for them. Upon meeting them to discuss everything, they told me they were planning on having it at Athelhampton House. I was thrilled for them as i knew it to be a stunning house with pretty, extensive gardens, that would surely work well for the style of wedding they had in mind.
It turned out to be the best place for them, as it's not far from their home, offers lots of charm and it's a beautiful backdrop to the proceedings.I think the guests also enjoyed the history and heritage that's on display throughout the main house (which is still a home for a young family), it's something a bit different from the usual.
It has to be said that, whilst shooting at a lot of different venues, the staff at Athelhampton were phenomenal. Laura and her staff were attentive, courteous, kind, efficient, polite and they helped towards making the day run smoothly and without incident. Bravo!!
As for Henry and Kate, i could tell there were nerves creeping in nearer to the time of the ceremony, as is only natural. I love seeing those butterflies make an appearance, it shows they truly care and they truly love one another. they did very well with their vows and they injected some humour and music into the mix with a rendition of 'You've got a friend in me' from the film Toy Story. A song i happen to know all the words too, so it was a pleasure to sing along with everyone whilst snapping away.
The meal, held in the grand hall of the house, was delicious and well received by all - before everyone headed into the newer building for the evenings entertainment. The band were great too. Playing toe-tapping tunes that encouraged people to get up and dance... with each dance given instructions by the band themselves. It was a fantastic way of doing it and one i haven't seen before in all the weddings i've been to so far (117 at the last count). More importantly, it represented the musical tastes of the bride and groom, but also their sociable approach to everything - get people involved and have fun. It worked a treat!!
Their family & friends were a delight to be around, a really funny bunch of people who made the day even more enjoyable. It's a huge part of any wedding day, the people who are there. They make it what it is. It was fortuitous therefore that they, too, were fun, approachable and up for a laugh.
Henry & Kate, along with their beautiful little boy, were so much fun to work with and i hope they enjoy their photos for many years to come and they have a blessed future together. To the wonderful, wise and witty Mr & Mrs Quinney!
Darren Lovell March 2016