Salisbury Wedding Photography – Evelien and Nick

Some of my favourite weddings take place in parents’ back gardens. Some of my favourite weddings having a mashup of cultures. Evelien and Nick’s wedding had both these things, featuring a marquee reception behind Nick’s parents’ house and a bridal party from the Netherlands.

Evelien got ready with family and bridesmaid at a nearby holiday property, complete with a breakfast of wedding cake. She then travelled to St Mary’s Church in Odstock driven by her dad in his pride and joy, a classic open-top Porsche. Nick was waiting at the church with his identical twin brother in the role of best man (no, you’re not seeing double) and a small army of flower girls, and we were treated to a performance by a couple of musical friends.

After a short walk down the road to the reception, and a brief pause to greet the newly-married couple, the guests were rewarded with fizz and Dutch canap├ęs before taking their seats for the wedding breakfast. Speeches from the usual suspects (plus a quick intermission courtesy of the bride’s brother) and then dancing. So much dancing.

Keythorpe Manor Wedding Photography – Louise and Steven

Last time I visited Keythorpe Manor was on a very murky day just before Christmas in 2012, so it was nice to experience it in friendlier weather. After making her preparations in the on-site accommodation, Louise arrived in the barn for the ceremony to be greeted by a very emotional Steven. I think the music set him off!

After the ceremony there was a brief pause for confetti, then everyone headed over to the huge marquee for drinks and nibbles. For the second wedding in a row we had some very tasty looking cocktails, and soon it was time for the wedding breakfast. As this came to a close the guests got the shock of their lives as four of the waiting staff burst into song. Turns out that secret wedding singers had been embedded in the ranks, and they entertained until it was time for speeches.

Steven got particularly stitched up by his best men who had some very embarrassing photographs to share. The day ended with the opening of the last portion of marquee revealing the band and dance floor. Cue shape-throwing!

Tudor Park Hotel Kent Wedding Photography – Kirstie and Jon

Since I moved from Kent to Derbyshire in 2011 I’ve not had many opportunities to return, so it was a welcome return visit to the Tudor Park Hotel near Maidstone. The last time I was here it was just for bridal preparations for Sara and Wayne’s wedding at The Orangery at nearby Turkey Mill, but this time the wedding reception was at Tudor Park too.

First up though was the ceremony at Boxley Church, a ceremony conducted by Jon’s mother who is the vicar at Boxley. Jon’s father had been quite ill the night before the wedding, so it was good to see him present for the wedding, surrounded by tired family! With an impromptu receiving line, and some confetti, out of the way everyone made their way back to Tudor Park for drinks and nibbles in the bar before moving to the marquee for the meal.

Jon’s love of photography reared its head with the table plan and labels, showcasing some of his images from his and Kirstie’s world travels. My travel horizons will bring me back to Kent next August for Rebecca and Ryan’s wedding, but the day after Jon and Kirstie’s wedding I found myself at the opposite end of the country, coming soon!

Butley Priory Wedding Photography – Jo and Glenn

When it comes to music, some of you may be aware of my leanings toward the heavier end of the spectrum, in fact as a teenager I had hair down past my armpits and a wardrobe darker than The Crypt in Ely Place (one for the wedding photographers). It’s always nice to work for kindred spirits, and so the trail led me to Suffolk for my second ‘metal’ wedding of the year. It was also my second wedding at Butley Priory, the first being way back in July 2009.

We started at a salon in Ipswich where Jo had her hair filled with orchid flowers, and then we headed over to Butley where Jo brought new meaning to the phrase ‘it will take a while to do up my dress’. Luckily the dressmaker herself was on hand to do the job correctly. After the ceremony, during which a friend of the couple played Metallica songs on an acoustic guitar, everyone headed in to the gardens at the back of the priory for drinks and nibbles. Then it was time for the wedding breakfast in the marquee, and everyone got their first sighting of the amazing Choccywoccydoodah cake (another one of these soon).

The evening began with the arrival of Jo & Glenn’s pet dog who was very excited, and continued with the usual photobooth antics, and some very strange dancing. Considering the couple’s taste in music I wasn’t expecting such perfect renditions of YMCA and the Macarena, but I do like surprises. And smoke machines. Give me surprises and smoke machines and I’m a happy bunny.

Braxted Park Wedding Photography – Nikita and Matt

My first ever wedding with a seaside theme, although a fair way from the seaside! Nikita and Matt had filled Braxted Park with shells and starfish and driftwood, and other flotsam and jetsam.

They were blessed with ideal weather for the outdoor ceremony, followed by the usual drinks and nibbles, and post-dinner entertainment came courtesy of a magician friend of Matt’s. Not your usual card tricks for these guys, but live animals and singing and Argentinian flags all over the shop. You had to be there.

Devon Wedding Photography – Rowena and Mark

With extra holidays for the Diamond Jubilee, the first week of June was always going to be busy. I was facing five weddings in nine days, all as different as the next.

First up was Row and Mark’s DIY wedding at Row’s family home in Devon. I’ve done a lot of DIY weddings in my time, but this is the first one I’ve seen with no caterers. Row’s mum even found time to make the wedding dress. The family pulled together in grand style to host one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever attended.

I could waffle on forever about what was involved, but it might be easier to write a list: hair flowers from the garden, ceremony at St Petroc’s in Lydford, Mark’s hand-built Mustang as the wedding car, afternoon tea, rain, dogs running amok, marquee repairs, rain, Gran’s wedding cake, cake-cutting by sword, cross-dressing guests, rain, one of the family pigs on the hog roast, bubbles, polaroids, rain, fire, smoke-machine (yay!) and more fire. And some more rain. And NO group shots.

If Carlsberg made weddings…