11/26/2016 2 Comments
I say it all the time, but I do believe that the one thing that makes a really great wedding is when a couple do exactly what they want to do without being pressured into doing anything they don't really want in their heart of hearts. Harriet and Sam's day was exactly that. A girl after my own heart, the entire event took place in the village where she grew up, and was very much a village affair. Harriet and her maids got ready at her childhood home, starting with a leisurely breakfast and doing all of the hair and make-up themselves (very trusting! They did an amazing job), and walked down the lane to the pretty church together along with Harriet's father.
Sadly I wasn't allowed to photograph the ceremony, but the church looked absolutely stunning inside and out decorated with arrangements of wild country flowers , and all eyes were on the bride as she gracefully walked down the aisle in her elegant dress, smiling at her man waiting patiently for her at the alter.
After what must have been a hundred hugs and kisses outside church in the sunshine, the happy couple were showered in natural confetti although a fair amount ended up in Harriet's mouth! After a few family photographs the guests, lead by the new Mr and Mrs Ikin-Tomkinson, took a short stroll to the garden at Loppington Hall so I could hang out of the window for a photograph, before making their way to the drinks and canape reception at Loppington Village Hall next door. Not a wedding car in sight!
When I met Harriet and Sam earlier in the year in a cold February morning, we walked around the village together discussing ideas and finding locations for photographs of just the two of them, working out how the day would work. It became clear to me that neither of them were particularly keen to be in front of the camera and eager to get back to the party, so we kept everything very relaxed and swift, making use of Loppington Halls grounds and the sunshine. Despite their initial shyness they looked superb and so happy together and I think we got some lovely shots for them to treasure.
The chilled out reception worked exactly as the couple planned, with everyone moving around and mingling, nibbling and sipping for the whole evening and loving the weather. Harriet's bridesmaids, her childhood best friends, even felt brave enough to make use of the playground at the village hall (which by the way I strongly dis-couraged!!) but they all made it down the climbing frame in one piece!
After lots of tears, laughter, and a pantomime horse during the speeches (don't ask) the couple had a sweet little first dance to a brilliant live band. As the sun went down over Loppington village I stole a few more pictures of this brilliant pair to end the day in that golden light.