Elaine and Tony contacted me last year after finding me on Google, after a chat on the phone, we instantly gelled. We agreed to meet up the following week to look at styles, prepare an agenda and look at the venue.
The venue was breathtaking! A stunning village church, surrounded by picturesque houses and a village duck pond. Over a mammoth breakfast and two hours of chatting we were all set and counting down to the big day. However something had changed within that two hours, these guys went from being clients to friends, friends that we will treasure.
The big day arrived and Elaine was to get ready at their home in the village so on the morning, we arrived nice and early to capture the bridal prep and the morning preparations. We also had a walk round the village and captured some lovely shots of the area. Elaine and Tony are part of the community here and well known by everyone, not only because Elaine drives a bright red vespa but because these guys are just so lovely. We were surprised by how many well wishers there were milling around from the local pub land lord to the guys in the post-office.
We spent some time with Elaine and her dad in her garden capturing some ‘Father, daughter’ shots and shot some of the details such as dress, bouquet, shoes and jewellery. Then, like a scene from Cinderella the most beautiful (and Im not exaggerating) horse and carriage arrived. Now this was something really, really special. The horses were stunning. As Elaine stepped in to her carriage, the doors from the surrounding houses opened and we had a super audience!
Sadly we were not allowed to take photos in the church during the ceremony, but it was the most heart felt ceremony to date- these guys really love each other. We moved in to the church grounds for the requested group shots in the shadows of Tony’s giant flag with his family crest, flying proudly from the top of the church. Tony and Elaine requested formal shots and the crowd were great to work with.
With the group shots done, the romantics done and the all important confetti shots done, Elaine and Tony set off in their carriage so we made our way to the reception which was being held at the Woodstock Club just outside the village.
The place had been transformed! There was so much to see, and as the guests settled the buffet was unveiled, and what a buffet. The food was amazing, a credit to the chef and enjoyed by all. We downed tools and got involved with two huge chocolate éclairs, delicious but no good for the waist line!
As the evening proceeded the live bad got in to full swing and we shot candid for the rest of the evening. We couldn’t be more proud to have been part of this amazing day, with two fantastic friends. Check out the gallery for a snap shot of their day.