It's funny how life goes. I actually met Laura some years ago when she worked in a shop in my hometown. I then worked (indirectly) on behalf of her father a few years down the line, as part of another job i was doing.
Fly forward almost a decade and here i was again, working with a wonderful family to capture Laura's marriage to Robbie. I met them both briefly at another wedding i had worked at a couple of years prior, where i began to understand the unbreakable friendship Laura and her Bridesmaids have. They are an incredibly supportive, funny and bonkers group of girls - each one absolutely beautiful and each one a delight to spend time with. There are very few groups, that i've come across, who are as charming and as tightly knit as these girls.
The whole day was situated within a couple of square miles around Spetisbury and Thornicombe (Nr Blandford). It was very much indicative of where these guys call 'home', and it meant alot as a result. Having a backdrop to your wedding day that is so familiar is a great idea - you naturally feel more relaxed than you might do elsewhere.
I have been fortunate enough to work with Laura and her Bridesmaids on a couple of occasions, so i thought i knew what i was letting myself in for. Robbie (now Laura's husband) was an absolute pleasure to meet and to get to know - they're an amazingly welcoming and relaxed couple, an utter joy to photograph. The Bridesmaids? I knew they could be 'trouble' (in the most hilarious way). I had seen first hand how they live it up and love to party, i knew i would be laughing for most of the day. How many days at work can you say that!?
Once everyone was prepped, we went to Spetisbury Church for the ceremony and then back to Laura and Robbie's private venue for the reception. The weather held, the air was sweet with summer aromas and, once the speeches had been duly delivered with aplomb and emotion, the sound of shots being poured rang through the air... something was afoot.
Now, i'll leave out the specifics - because that's the right thing to do - however, there are certain photos i took that day that i don't think i'll ever take again. The Bride and Groom riding two of their guests like horses, for example; isn't usually a shot on the 'group list'. Its a bloody funny shot and i think it sums up the vivacious hilarity of that day. Another guest close to being 'water-boarded' with red wine is another that will continue to make me laugh aloud in an empty room. It was so much fun!
I will continue to see Laura and Robbie on the odd occasion - visiting the pub in Blandford for example, is reason enough to make the trip! I'll more than likely hear Robbie before i see him, as he cruises on his beast of a Harley Davidson through the countryside (the guy's got style!).
It really was a day that will stick with me, not least because it was an incredible wedding, but also for the few mishaps that hit me that day. A flat tire, a seized £2000 lens (that's why you carry backup kit people!) and a couple of other longwinded instances that made me laugh... alot.
I wish this stunning couple an incredible marriage together and i don't doubt for one minute that they'll embrace everything life pours their way. To Mr & Mrs Aitken!!
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