Abi & Rich - a very sweet and funny couple, came to me some while back in 2015, to discuss shooting their wedding day at The Old Vicarage in Hinton, Near Christchurch - and i'm so glad they did. As is always the case, the time between our first meeting to the day itself, flew by faster than an English football fans hotel booking.
When the day arrived it was looking a bit on the damp side, to say the least. You always hope that it won't rain for a wedding. Not selfishly, because all the kit works in all weathers, but because these two wonderful people have spent months and months planning for this day and it seems unjust to have rain. As it turned out, the patchy downpours were intermittent and conveniently timed (by and large). This enabled us to scoot round the gardens and take some shots, before the next deluge came.
In actual fact, it helped to chivvy up their amazing guests for the big group photo. Quite literally 'every cloud' and all that.
The staff at the venue were brilliant as usual, making the necessary arrangements for the ceremony to be inside rather than out, and i must say the room looked lovely. Many of the bride and groom's friends and family decorated the marquee and ceremony room in the morning - they too did a smashing job!
As the time drew closer to tie the knot, you could see nerves and excitement creeping in - it's that moment that i think surprises most people. You can be as horizontal as you like about these things, however when the moment comes it all becomes very real.
Weddings at The Old Vicarage seem to run very fluently, and i think everyone present enjoyed the atmosphere, the food, the drink and the seamless transitions throughout the day. The guests were so lovely, so kind and welcoming, that it was yet another moment to take stock of how fortunate we wedding photographers are. We get people on the best day and they looked a million dollars (or whatever the modern exchange-rate equivalent is).
The speeches are often a good time for me to learn more about my clients. In this instance the best man delivered a speech alongside a slideshow, that taught me how well thought of Rich is by his friends (and how his football loyalties have swayed somewhat over time).
The Brides mum made a touching speech, alongside her husband, which was ideal for the occasion. It served to remind us all that we are forever our parents 'baby', and i for one loved it.
The bridesmaids were an awesome bunch of beautiful girls, who made me feel very welcome and looked stunning throughout the day, dressed in pastel pink and blue, with accents of both colours in the bouquets. Perfik!
As for Rich & Abi? They did perfectly. Repeating their vows through broad smiles, absorbing the day as best they could, plus being funny and fantastic to spend time with. I hope they enjoyed the day wholeheartedly and will hold these photos as an eternal memory of an occasion they planned so superbly. They were great, what more can i say!?
For the many years that lie ahead of them, i wish them every happiness that life can bestow. It was an honour to be there on that day and in that moment.
Images Copyright Darren Lovell Photography 2016
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Venue - The Old Vicarage