An English country wedding at home
As soon as I met Claire & Michael and heard about the plans for their English country wedding at home I was instantly excited to shoot their wedding day! Weddings at home feel very special to me. Having the wedding ceremony at the church in the village where you grew up, then holding the celebration afterward in the garden of the groom’s parents’ home just a short walk down the lane through the picture perfect local village – you can’t get more personal than that. I imagine the guests and family members chatting – champagne in hand – about the memories that have been made on that very lawn. The relationships between people is one of the main reasons why is love my job and those connection between people and their space and their story is what makes each collection of wedding photographs completely unique.
When I asked Claire & Michael to describe their wedding they said ‘English country wedding’ and it certainly was! The beautiful little village of Newton Regis where the wedding was held was a picture perfect English country village, complete with thatched cottages and a cute little duck pond. It was important to me to reflect that in their photo collection so we spent a bit of time capturing some couple portraits in the village, in the perfect evening light.
The reception marquee in the garden was beautifully decorated by the bride and groom and their families. It was filled to the brim with country garden flowers, some on the tables and some in large milk crates dotted around the marquee. It was very fitting with the garden reception right next door to a milk farm.
I particularly enjoyed Claire and Michael’s church ceremony. I always enjoy church weddings but I’m usually busy concentrating on photographing to really take it in. On this particular occasion the vicar didn’t wish for any photographs to be taken during the wedding ceremony so Lucy & I enjoyed joining in with the hymns and really listening to the lovely couple saying their vows.
It really was the most perfect day. I drove home that day with a huge smile on my face and a slightly sunburnt nose.