On the first hot Saturday of the year, I headed a short drive up the road for Sally and Andrew's Hautbois Hall wedding.
I'd waited a long time for June 2017 to come around; not only to capture this brilliant couple's wedding, but also was my first at Hautbois Hall and was wonderful to work alongside their wedding events guru Cheryl again. Champing at the bit to get started, there was a great vibe in the cottage where Sally was being pampered by Carli and Carrie. A huge thanks to the bride's sister Lucy for helping organise throughout the day. It's fair to say this wedding was less about the details and more about the people. It was about minimising formalities and maximising time with family and friends. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces, including Amanda and Rob whose wedding I photographed back in 2013. The bridesmaids, all nine of them, wore chiffon dresses in blush pink with the groomsmen in less formal waistcoat suits without jackets - a good decision in the heat of the day - keeping the styling relaxed and rooted in the countryside. The bouquets included lots of my favourite spring flowers. The naked cake, hay bale seats and floral jam jars completed their wedding decor.
As I mentioned earlier, Sally and Andrew planned their wedding their way. They chose a duo ceremony to say their vows outside. They'd also chosen to spend as much time with guests as possible, entertained by Bill Downs as everyone chatted and enjoyed refreshments. They kept formal groups to the core minimum leaving most of their portraits for later in the evening. Everyone made themselves comfy on the hay bales as the emotional speeches took place on the old tennis court. It's fair to say we were all pleased with the amazing weather.
I was extremely spoilt for choice in locations for their portraits. Having a few ideas up my sleeve and with the sun dropping in the sky we explored the house exterior and pretty gardens. As the night drew in we had a reasonable sunset and I used a few flashes to create a little magic. Music plays a huge part in Sally and Andrew's life. Andrew's in a band so I was ready for something unexpected to happen in the evening. Their first dance started as most do - with a slow shuffle to Adele - then it all kicked off as the Stone Roses cut in and the dance floor went crazy. Even during Agent Orange's set, Andrew couldn't wait to take the mic for a couple of numbers. Honestly guys, this was one epic wedding and you should be so proud of creating a truly unique and personal day enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations.