Sunshine yellow was the colour of this wedding that had an English countryside theme and truly embodied the personalities involved. I take my time to get to know the couples I am going to photograph as much as possible, in order that we all feel comfortable on the day and that I capture their essence. This wedding was, however, slightly more intimate as I already knew the bride.
I have been in and out of Steph’s home since I was young girl and she was a baby, helping her mother with her and her twin sister Suzanne and older sister Claire. I have watched them grow, mature, make mistakes, heard their stories of travel, and joined in Stephanie’s celebrations of pregnancy and birth. I studied CSE Childcare at school and followed Stephanie for 2 years as part of a developmental project. So, feeling comfortable in and around them was already a given. This wedding day was a good collective and great cooperative team effort. Flowers by friends, ‘the’ cake by family, music by friends of friends. This family worked as a unit to make sure Stephanie and Will got their perfect wedding day.
The bride’s finest day began like most weddings, in the hairdressers. Suzanne was also in attendance, as was her older sister Claire. Mum Brenda and Aunty Megan added to the throng and they filled their local coiffure with laughter and chatter and had an early toast to the bride and groom with the first of many bubbles. Aunty Megan also wisely brought croissants to ensure that all would last the distance.
The bridal party then headed for home where the bride donned her ‘fits like a glove’ bejeweled white gown and looked resplendent. Mabel, Step and Will’s daughter was also dressed appropriately for the occasion in a delicate white tutu; to use a cliché she looked as pretty as a picture.
The journey to the church saw a few drops of rain but the ushers had great foresight and umbrellas were ready and plentiful to save those pretty plaited hairstyles, beautiful lemon yellow bridesmaid dresses and the perfect bride to be. Rick, Steph’s father had the duty of seeing his daughter down the aisle where he delivered her carefully to the beaming Will.
The relaxed and family centred ceremony will be remembered for the shiny smiles that filled the old church eave to eave and ear to ear. (The umbrellas weren’t required for long; the weather finally understanding that sunshine had in fact been ordered.)
And then our happy band moved onwards to their English reception venue set in the countryside. A white long marquee was topped off with yellow balloon light shades, floaty bunting and yellow flowers. My photography style I describe as ‘documentary’ and this was properly stretched as I snapped the newly weds from the back of my car whilst they took their beautiful, newly renovated and ribboned Morris Minor Clubman back to the Farmborough field, near Priston, Bath that would house us all for the next few hours. (Of course I was not driving!)
Their congregation welcomed them back with confetti, all the guests were offered homemade lemonade served in country fare style jam jars collected by all. The musical back drop to this gathering was a fabulous lively steel band; The bride had been insistent that yellow gerberas were the flower of her choice. They sat perfectly in her bouquet, in the centre of all the tables, as well as atop the perfectly tiered caked made for them by her cousin Lisa. Food came in the guise of a barbecue where guests wandered easily to grab their well earned meat. Tradition was followed with speeches by all the regular contributors and the party glowed delivering plenty of opportunities for me to take candid shots of the merry dancers.
The English tradition theme was not exhausted yet as there was an ice cream van yet to arrive, delivering white swirls of ice cream that most of the younger guests covered in various sauces. As dusk fell, fish and chips were served and refuelled the revellers who continued celebrating on this happiest of days.
There wasn’t a thing that could quash the spirit or dull the smiles of this joyful event. Sunshine yellow truly symbolised the theme of the day. Congratulations to my friend Steph and her husband Will. Thank you for trusting me with being your photographer on your happy day. It was the very best of days and a honour.
Love love love my wedding pics. Bloody fantastic! X