Once again i was blessed with being asked to photograph the wedding of a couple of absolute gems - Becky & Simon, at St Marks Church & The Old Vicarage in Christchurch.
I got yo know Becky, Rebeccaas she works for the wonderful florist 'Carnival Flowers' in Wimborne, and for a number of years i was a greengrocer in the town. They're a great bunch and their work is consistently stunning... suffice to say they pulled another rabbit out the hat for Becky's wedding! I genuinely don't recall ever seeing so many flowers at a wedding; as a keen gardener i loved it!!
Becky is a delight - stunningly beautiful, sweet, kind and welcoming. Upon meeting Simon i could see that they were very well matched. He too is a lovely person and good guy to be around; i was so pleased to see they had found each other.
The prep, full of emotion, wobbling bottom lips and hugs galore, was a delight to capture. To meet such a fantastic bunch of girls in Beckys Bridesmaids is one thing, but to meet such kindhearted and easygoing parents as hers was something to behold. They all made me feel so relaxed and welcome - thank you team!!
Their wedding was held at The Church of St Mark in Wallisdown, Bournemouth. Its a church i've driven past a thousand times, so it was interesting to get to see it up close for a change. As churches go this is one of the brightest and most colourful churches i've seen in the area. Photography is all about light and you often find that Churches don't lend themselves to bright/airy shots. In fact, by the time the vicar has limited your movements to 2 Square Feet, you're often left with few choices (other than to kindly and quietly ignore their instructions). This one did though. It is also the church in which many of Becky's family have gotten married or are associated with. I like that continuation of family traditions, it seems to mean that little bit more.
From there everyone made their way to The Old Vicarage in Christchurch - a popular venue with acres of fields and woodland in the grounds. The guests, a hilarious group of people with whom i could spend all day (oh wait, i did), made everything that bit more enjoyable and fun.
Entertainment was offered in the form of the astounding guitarist and singer - ********* who performed some absolute classics in a new and slick way... i'd highly recommend him for any event.
The speeches were delivered with ease and a record number of toasts (and why not!?) to show just how much love there was in the room for the newly weds. Revelations about the grooms childhood antics were, although mischievous, recognisable as things we might have all dabbled in at one point or another - good man!
The setting sun bathed the gardens in golden light, which offered up some more photo opportunities with guests and the bride and groom. This too was such a laugh. People may have had the odd drink by this point... so things weren't entirely coordinated... such as the dismount from the child slide... so funny.
It really was one of those days that made me thank my lucky stars that i do the job i do - that this doesn't feel like work sometimes. To Becky and Simon, thank you. You've made a man with a giant forehead very happy. I hope the photos act as a happy reminder for many years to come!!
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