Its been so busy I’ve hardly had time to catch my breath. Last weekend Zoe and Adam from Aston Abbotts were married at Mentmore Golf and Country club in extraordinary weather for a British Summer! A red carpet was laid for the bride and groom making the setting look very special. Bold ‘Cadbury’ purple colours adorned the flowers, the bridesmaids, the groom and best man’s buttonholes. It felt really relaxed and being local for me it was nice to work with people I know. Zoe looked absolutely amazing in an ‘off the shoulder’ gown with sweetheart neckline, beading and floral detailing. We took the opportunity to create a cavalcade of golf buggies and set off towards Mentmore towers (famous for the Batman films) to take photos. We then returned to the cool of the venue and celebrated the marriage.
On Friday 26th July I travelled again a short distance to cover the wedding of Jane and Jason both of whom reside in Zimbabwa. Jane’s family live in Aylesbury and when we first met we chatted about how the logistics were going to work from over 5,000 miles away. With much help from the family and Jane’s skills at getting things done it proved to be a complete success. Everything was carefully thought out, right down to the smallest detail. Bird of paradise flowers stood resplendent on tables at the Tythe Barn Launton, near Bicester <http://wwwtheththebarn.co.uk>. A truly amazing venue which boasts an inspirational collaboration with Jamie Oliver’s ‘fabulous feasts’. But before I get too carried away with the gastronomical delights of the venue. We had a wedding to cover at St Michaels and All angels church Aston Clinton. The weather was just astounding and the tangerine bridesmaids dresses ( my suggestion) complimented Jane beautiful vintage wedding dress. A simple bouquet of artificial Lilies with long stems were tied with hand made brocade. Everything looked so perfect and so it proved a typical English wedding in superb surroundings. It was a pleasure to be part of it.
Saturday 27th July and I’m listening to the weather forecast with great intent. I’m off to The Bedford Swan to photograph Caroline and Richard’s nuptials. I need not have worried. Everything went like a dream. I found our groom a little nervous but excited to be marrying the girl of his dreams on this special day. I spent the first 40 minutes moving between the groom’s room and the bride’s room. Sorting out cravats, hanging dresses and generally making myself useful, apart from getting a few pictures in between. Caroline’s dress boasted much lacework and fitted her figure like a glove. Richard had gone for a deep brown suit to compliment and being tall it worked really well. With the official bit done it was off to do the photos. We had a little trek to the mound that sits behind the hotel but as we reached the top with the wedding entourage in tow we got a lively round of applause from all the public that had gathered. We later took a trip along the river bank in Bedford and featured the famous Iron bridge and stopped off for an ice cream to cool us down. The weather held for us right up until I left the venue post first dance, happy that I had some amazing pictures ‘in the can’.
Sunday 28th July I met Sarah and Michael at Luton Hoo to deliver their wedding album. They had originally chosen a traditional album with tissue and parchment. I persuaded them that the folio albums printed on Ink jet paper with leather binding do look amazing and so they were suitably impressed. The iconic images of St Albans Abbey where they got married and then Luton Hoo suited the medium perfectly.