I arrived at Marion’s house to the wonderful hubbub of a wedding day in full swing and soon felt at home in the banter. With cars arriving, make up and hair, and pent up page boys testing the endurance of their trousers on the wooden floors there was lots to shoot and I was soon having a great time.
Marie, resplendent in her stunning wedding dress arrived under cloudless blue skies at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Grantham. With Marion, and Marie’s bridesmaids Katie, Lora, Laura and Michaela in tow, along with three very dapper page boys ( Trousers in tact ) and Niamh the perennially beaming flower girl, the bridal party set off down the aisle towards Jamie who was gamely holding it all together.
A very moving service followed where it became obvious just how big an impact Martin, Marie’s father, had had on so many peoples lives. Although the grief from the loss of Martin was palpable, the focus never swayed from the positive and the upbeat.
With the formalities over, Marie and Jamie were whisked away in a vintage Bentley and it was on to one of my top five venues, Stapleford Country Park Hotel.
With the weather being beautiful, and with the grounds being beautiful, and of course with the bride, being beautiful, my job was half done on arrival. A few formal photos, and a fleeting visit from Skye the dog later, it was on to the wedding breakfast.
Dave gave an excellent speech, ( so good in fact that I inquired as to whether Dave did public speaking as a job ) I thought it would be a very tough act to follow ( well it was ), but Jamie rose to the occasion magnanimously and presented one of the most personal and eloquent groom’s speeches I’ve ever heard. A break for the main meal and it was Ben, Jamie’s brother and Best Man’s turn. Another brilliant speech, Jamie himself, allowed that it was the best Best Man’s speech he’d ever heard.
With evening guests arriving soon after, it wasn’t long before the cutting of the cake and of course the first dance. The party got in to full swing straight away with chaps 3 times my age pulling out dance moves I wouldn’t have a hope at.
I’m sure you can tell, but I’ll reiterate it. It was a very special day, a pleasure to shoot, an honor to be part of.