It was with huge joy to photograph Zillah & Steve's summer, country wedding... even with a biblical downpour straight after the ceremony; it was a day that'll stay in the memory for a long long time.
Having been to see the bride in the morning, i went to The Green Man Pub in Wimborne to meet the groomsmen as they had a couple of quick still waters.
They tied the knot in the picturesque St Bart's church in Zillah's home village of Shapwick, near Wimborne; with their reception just a small walk along the river away. The Vicar had married my wife and i a few years back (i can't commit to a number of years... its either 3 or 4... oops) he was on fine form and ran the ceremony personably and in tune with the lovely nature of the happy couple.
Whilst (as previously mentioned) the heaven's opened on everyone exiting the church, we still managed to pop up to Badbury Rings with the VW camper to get some photos - a meaningful location on such a meaningful day. Returning to the reception we were all greeted by a steel band which helped relax the atmosphere and encourage everyone to embrace the day, it was spot on!
Choosing beautiful, bold sunflowers ensured that everything tied in perfectly with the location in which the celebrations took off. Bishop's Court is a private residence, occasionally used for Weddings, so it really was a pleasure and an honour to be there. It resonates with an archetypal British atmosphere, from the well stocked gardens to the architecture of the house itself. John, the owner, is a delightful gentleman and embraced the party wholeheartedly - plus, his lawn seemed to fair pretty well!!
The best-man's speech was a beaut, one that got the whole 'crowd' up and whooping... and the groom miming to Shaggy... priceless.
I hope, with all sincerity, that Zillah and Steve enjoyed their day and find themselves with a vibrant future ahead of them! They're a great couple, hilarious, fun and besotted with one another. Its so much fun to photograph such amazing people with a contagious zest for life and laughing.
Florist - Carnival Flowers
Caterers - Sorrels Caterers
Camper - Dorset Dub Hire