I'd like to start this blog by saying that Lloyd & Tori are two of my most favourite human beans i've ever had the pleasure of meeting and it was an honour to be present at their wedding.
I first met Lloyd when we worked/messed about at Barclays, very much a stop gap before we both pursued our individual endeavours. He had always wanted to join the Royal Marines and i was never in any doubt that he would achieve this; not only to a high standard but whilst making many friends and brothers along the way. He is one of the funniest people i know and quite frankly, to see him and Tori get married was an awesome experience... and not just because they're two lovely people, but because the venue was spot on and the guests were great fun to be around.
I initially knew Tori via my friendship with Lloyd, i saw what they meant to each other. It soon became apparent that they were a match you'd be right to assume were perfect for each other. Not only is she beautiful but she is caring, very patient (Lloyd is in a Marine, remember) and a genuinely lovely person to spend time with.
So with that in mind, lets crack on with the day itself! I'll apologise now for some of the gopping Marine terminology used... i've picked it up off my brother and Lloyd.
They chose to marry at Kingston Country Courtyard, a fabulous venue in the rolling Purbeck hills, with a staggering view towards Corfe Castle.
Firstly, Lloyd & Tori decided that they would all get ready at the venue, something which (if doable) is a great idea as it gets rid of the journey time between the ceremony and reception. Plus, once all the guests are there, that's them set for the day!!
The weather on the other hand decided to be the only spanner in the works.
You hope for sunshine. You look at the Met office app every 20 minutes to check that a tornado isn't doing the rounds in Swanage, you note that the chance of rain has increased from 2% to 400% within the past 26 minutes (why God, why!?) and then you finally accept it when it shows sun. It will be sunny. The app says so. Aaah, sun.
And so it was, that it poured down 15 minutes before the outdoor ceremony was to take place. Just shy of a 'biblical level' downpour. Everything was set up, the chairs were out, the flowers were out and the jury, on the 'likelihood of sunshine', was also out.
It has to be said that, besides my best efforts, i don't think i convinced Tori that blue sky was on its way. However the bright stuff came just in time. Tori looked incredible. Her dress was perfect, her flowers tied everything in nicely and the broadness of her smile was matched only by Lloyd's.
Obviously, with the military overtones of Lloyd's work, there were many members of the Marines and RAF present for the day. And so it was, after the ceremony, the happy couple were not only blinded by confetti, but were also welcomed by a guard of honour - It looked great!!
The weather held for the remainder of the day, as guests enjoyed the canapés, the drink and an ice cream - whilst the Bride, the Groom and i went for a bimble to take some photos. I love that part of the day and they both did really well.
From the brilliant speeches through to the remarkable band they booked, the rest of the day was flawless. They deserved it and i'm pretty certain they enjoyed every minute. It was Hoofing... Essence even and the scran was delicious. Good effort, Royal. (cringe worthy when i do it, isn't it?!)
Now, it'd be remiss of me not to mention one special 'person' who was also there for the day. Alfie, their Bulldog was guest of honour. He was so well behaved and he seemed to enjoy the attention... as well as his tailor made suit... gen! I think it's fair to say that the day was almost designed around him (much like his suit! B'dumtsh!!), somewhere for him to be part of the day and i totally get it. (If we had had our dog when we married, he would've been with us). He looked dapper, he made some funny noises through the ceremony and he was such a dude.
It was a good job nobody forgot to bring him the day before...
Right, i'll only end up waffling on if i write any more - i'm a better photographer than i am a writer - here are some shots of a wonderful couples magical day.
To Tori & Lloyd, i wish you nothing but happiness in abundance - you really were phenomenal fun to be with, thank you for having me capture it for you. I hope you enjoy the photos for many years to come.
Venue - Kingston Country Courtyard
Flowers - Carnival Flowers
Images Copyright Darren Lovell Photography August 2016
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