My final wedding of 2017 and what a perfect way to end a wonderful year!
In the morning I battled my way through hail, wind, pouring rain and snow to be met by beautiful skies in Basingstoke. I was ready for the weather with a boot full of umbrellas, coats and some chocolate buttons to persuade the bride & grooms young daughter! (I had been told in their consultation that she's not a fan of photos but loves chocolate buttons)
Once the worst had past the weather was so good to us, the cold winters day had everybody jogging on the spot but there wasn't a drop more of rain!
I was with the girls in the morning, as soon as I walked in I could feel the excitement and nerves building. There wasn't a quiet moment with this lot around, they were full of laughs and great at making the bride relax. One of the bridesmaids had made up the bouquets for the bride and did an amazing job, the colours of the flowers complemented the bridesmaids dresses and were a great addition to the winter wedding theme. The time flew by as the girls got themselves ready and it was soon time to make the short journey to the church down the road.
Down at the church the sun was slowly going down lighting up the small building ready for the brides entrance. Everybody was already inside and in their seats (with the help of the cold weather outside) waiting for the bridal parties arrival. The brides Grandad had the honour of walking his granddaughter down the aisle and giving her away on her big day. This church was so sweet, it was small and cosy inside with candles scattered around it and lit by big stained glass windows at both ends. The ceremony was lovely, there were speeches from two of the wedding guests and so many happy faces all around the church as Andy & Amy became Mr and Mrs Lynch.
After the ceremony there was time for a quick confetti tunnel before everyone headed off to the reception to enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate at the hot chocolate bar complete with all sorts of toppings and sprinkles. I LOVE fairy lights at the moment, the more the better in my opinion and this reception room did not disappoint! With fairy lights draped all over the ceiling finished off with a Christmas garland trailing all around the room on the bare wooden beams it really did look amazing. By the time we arrived at the venue it was almost dark but there was just time to sneak outside with Andy and Amy for some couple shots together, away from their guests. There was a beautiful wooden door on the other side of the venue which I fell in love with, it was the perfect spot hidden away from peeking eyes!
Once it was time for everyone to go into the main hall for their wedding breakfast it was now completely dark outside and the hundreds of fairy lights above them looked even better and definitely created an atmosphere in the room.
As the wedding party enjoyed a full roast dinner I was able to sneak off with the rings to do some more creative shots with those before safely returning them to the bride and groom! It was great that the Christmas decorations were still up for this 29th December wedding as I was able to use them as props for lots of little detail shots such as the rings, an order of service and even a buttonhole that had temporarily lost its owner.
After the food it was time for the speeches...I know I know, I always say how much I love the speeches but I really did love these ones! The Grandfather of the bride was a fabulous speaker and told stories from the brides childhood, there were smiles all around as he spoke and Princess Diana even got a mention. The grooms job was to thank everyone and with the help of his best man handed out some gorgeous bouquets to all the family members that had helped make their day perfect. Then it was time for the best man...(ALWAYS the funniest part of the day), he had been told to keep it tame but he still managed to have everybody laughing through his speech!
The kids were the first to hit the dance floor and they set the bar high with their moves, I'm convinced that it was them who managed to get so many of the adults up and dancing!
Whilst everyone was enjoying the DJ's music we made the most of the dry evening and went back outside for some night time shots. 'The Umbrella shot' is one of my all time favourite shots to do and it is such a stand out stunning shot to capture. If you are thinking about having a winter wedding and you’re worried about running out of light then this is one of the great benefits of the early sunsets during winter!
The dancing continued all evening and you could really see that this day was all about having a good time with friends and family. The kids even had their own chill out tent to read stories and wind down in m, which is just a great idea that was very popular with all the kids there!
I've had an amazing year capturing so many love stories and I can't wait to see what 2018 has to offer! Thank you for reading and If you have any questions I would love to chat to you!