The Bell Inn - Sam & Mike
Oh this was a chilly day! Which really suited the chosen venue that was full of open log fires and cosy arm chairs. I started the day at The Bell Inn so I could get some photos of all the hard work that had gone into setting up the reception rooms before the guests would arrive later. My second shooter was already at the church capturing the groom and his best man figuring out their button holes and welcoming the early guests. I then joined her at the church, a short journey from their reception venue.
The church was special to the Grooms family for a number of reasons so it was lovely that they decided to get married there too. The bride arrived with her Dad a few minutes late just to keep her Groom on his toes. As soon as she stepped out the car her dress stole the show, it was covered in diamantes of all different sizes from top to bottom. She had a multi-coloured bouquet and two necklaces, one was an heirloom from the Grooms family and the other was an 'M' for Michael, the Groom.
I took my place at the top side of the aisle and it was time for the ceremony to start. Sam, the bride, decided not to have any bridesmaids and it was lovely seeing her walking down the long aisle with the support of her father. The Groom had the best expression across his face when he saw his bride and you could tell how excited they both were for this moment. There were some lovely speeches during the ceremony including a touching one from the mother of the bride that got a few eyes watering. My second shooter was at the back of the church which, in a big church like this one meant there is a whole extra view on their ceremony without missing being up close to the action.
Everyone was full of smiles all day and after the ceremony a bottle of champagne came out and when faced with the decision of either pouring the bottle or popping the cork and spraying onlookers with bubbles, the groom didn't think twice!
All the group photos were done straight away in front of the beautiful archway at the church, which was not only a great use of this background but also meant that I made the most of the sunlight on this short November day. It was then time to head over to the reception venue, as the guests made their way there accompanied by my second photographer. The Bride, Groom and I went back to their house to feed the cat! This was definitely a first for me but made so much sense when we got there! The Bride & Groom had some time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea with each other and you can’t get a more personalised place for couple shots than their own home and garden. After capturing a mixture of indoor and outdoor shots we headed over to the reception venue to join the wedding party.
Back at The Bell Inn there was just time for a group shot of all the guests and a few more photos of the new Mr & Mrs Bromley before the sun set and it was time to sit down for the speeches. I love speeches, it might be a nerve wracking time for the people delivering the speeches but for me it’s so much fun capturing everyone laughing and reacting to the funny and sometimes shocking story being told. When a pop up projector screen came out for the best mans speech I knew this was going to be a good one... a slide show accompanied the stories of his lifelong friendship with the Groom. From baby pictures and as he grew up, they were all there, it was a fabulous speech that got everybody laughing uncontrollably.
The speeches were followed by a three course meal and lots of well deserved drinks.
Later on in the evening an amazing band set up and played the first dance, the dance floor is in a separate room which was an ideal space for everyone to crowd round the Bride & Groom as they danced. It created a great atmosphere which set the mood for the rest of the evening and there wasn't a quiet moment on that dance floor that's for sure! The venue was exclusively for the wedding party which I loved, it is spread over 3 different rooms so my assistant and I moved around the rooms throughout the evening capturing friends and family mingling and having a great time. Once it was dark I snuck outside with the bride and groom to create one last moment between them in the dark before it was time for us to leave them and go home.
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