After travelling the length and breadth of the country this summer photographing weddings, it was rather nice having one so close to home to look forward to at the end of September. Late last year I was contacted by Dave, fellow cricketer and teammate at Tonbridge Cricket Club about his and Laura's wedding preparations. After a few cups of tea discussing the arrangements at their lovely townhouse, their wedding day was booked in the diary and what a day it promised to be!
A couple of months before the wedding I took the short drive over to Lingfield to catch up with Dave and Laura to get the gist of what the day would entail - something I like to do for every wedding I shoot to run through the proposed itinerary, visit the church or wedding venue and of course, catch up over a few more cups of tea! The original plan was great - get prepared in Tonbridge, make the short journey to Lingfield church to get married and then retreat to a huge field in the Surrey countryside for the reception and afterparty. Perfect, what could be better?
A few weeks before the wedding I got a message from Dave saying the arrangements for the wedding had taken a slight change. To cut a long story short, the venue for the reception and afterparty wasn't to be held in a field, but in the grounds of a luxurious and secluded country house that had been very kindly offered to Dave and Laura by the owners for the weekend. Sometimes it's not what you know it's who you know! Having seen the stunning house before when I took a tour of the field that would become the car park for the wedding, this was very exciting news. It would present so many new photo opportunities with its beuatiful walled garden, stunning archways, long avenues and bright rooms for morning preparation shots.
When Dave and Laura's big day arrived it was such a blast. It was non-stop fun shooting and was filled with hilarious, romantic and meaningful moments. It's not a wedding that didn't come without its challenges - the variable light, downpour on exiting the church and tactical overtaking moves to make sure I got ahead of the tractor are just a few things that spring to mind, but it's all these types of things that I love overcoming to capture those special moments that can never be repeated.
Dave and Laura you make such a fab couple, you both looked amazing on the day and it was a pleasure working with you throughout. A massive thank must go out to your family and guests for being so friendly, helpful and a little crazy at times on the dance floor! I promise I'll get your wedding card delivered to you soon, which I completely forgot to drop in your card box and is still languishing in my camera bag.