I have had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at The Old Vicarage before, so when Emma & Stuart asked me to capture their day there I couldn't wait. During our meeting Emma told me about some of the decorations and plans for the wedding, seeing it all come together on the day was beautiful.
On the bright September morning, I went to the brides parents house to capture her getting ready with her bridesmaids and made the most of their cute summer house in the garden for photos of the dress, shoes and accessories. A lovely friend of mine was doing the flowers for this woodland wedding (Rebecca's Flowers and Creations) they were a perfect addition to the overall theme of the day.
On arriving to the venue I captured some moments with the boys, putting on the co-ordinated buttonholes and some fun photos to calm the nerves!
Everyones excitement was building as the moment approached until finally it was time for Emma to walk down the isle and see her Groom again. The outdoor ceremony area was like something from a film, with the wooden beams and white drapes. I have seen a lot of brides walk down a lot of aisle but I have never seen one receive a round of applause! She looked stunning, accompanied by her Mum by her side and I know that everyone else agreed. The Bride and Groom were taken into the little summer house at the end of the beautiful wooden structure to say their vows in front of their witnesses.
This venue is truly unique, it also offers a great opportunity for photographs during your ceremony too with endless natural light, and the ability to move around the rustic grey beams that surround the guests freely.
Once the ceremony has ended you are already right there on the lawn to enjoy reception drinks in the sun. Mr & Mrs Clark were so lucky with the weather and there was not one drop of rain for the whole day.
At the end of the lawn there is a large open field which gave us the perfect opportunity to sneak off for couple photos without leaving the guests behind. It is so lovely to have moments alone to really capture the true emotions between the Bride and Groom without onlookers making you feel too watched! Photographing the new Mr & Mrs Clark smile and laugh at each other about now being husband and wife whilst documenting those first married moments is such a special part of my job and so important in the long run as I'm sure the day flew by so quickly. One thing I love about The Old Vicarage is that they have lots of different 'props' in their garden which offer an amazing variety for such a small venue. From a romantic shot at the gate to a more moody shot in the wooded walkway, there are so many areas that provide a completely different scene.
After the group & couple photos it was time for the reception, which is just a short stroll through a long archway to the marquee hidden around the corner from the ceremony area. The spacious marquee was decorated beautifully with pastel pink paper decorations hanging from the ceiling and wooden log slices on each table decorated with more flowers in glass jars. It had such a wonderful autumnal feeling and everything tied in so well that you could really tell how much care and attention went into thinking about every detail in there.
A relaxed BBQ buffet created a great atmosphere all round, followed by the really touching speeches which at times had everyone welling up (even me... thank you sister Laura!).
Their cake couldn't have been more suited to the vintage feel of the venue and the rustic woodland theme of their decorations. A tall 'Naked Cake' sat in the corner of the marquee covered in berries and it looked (AND smelled) DELICIOUS! Served up for dessert it was very popular with the guests too.
As the day turned into the evening we had a chance to take a few more photos outside now it was dark. Metres and metres of fairy lights lighting the pathways below them. Then we went back inside for the first dance, which was done in front of giant 'LOVE' letter lights that really set the scene for a first dance as husband and wife.
As their friends and family joined the dance floor afterwards it was time for me to leave them to the rest of the night.
A perfect day for such a perfect couple!
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