The prospect of photographing my first Anglo-German wedding was an exciting one indeed, especially since Chloe and Gunther are effortlessly cool. Throw in a festival vibe, outdoor ceremony and beautiful weather and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. I have to apologise for the length of this blog; I usually limit myself to around 40 images, but you'll see why I've blown that out the water. It was the largest wedding we've ever delivered.
You all know I love an organised bride but Chloe took this to a whole new level. With the help of her family, they went through the process of getting Lundy Green Farm officially licensed for wedding ceremonies, building a rustic structure in the Spinney wood for the ceremony and transforming the farm into the most beautiful setting. If you fall in love with these images you too can get married there. I need to say a specific thanks to Angus for helping us with anything we needed and to Chloe’s parents for their hospitality.
Mark Hewlett joined me for the day with his story beginning with the men and mine with the bridal party. It was great to see so many of Gunther’s family and friends making the journey over from Germany, and especially the Saxonia Guard coping with the heat in their amazing uniforms with guard of honour duties. Their day was styled in tones of navy, fuchsia and yellow, all brought together with florals from the garden. Chloe looked stunning in her flowing Charlie Brear gown with wonderful hair and make up by Caryss Welch.
Before the walk to the Spinney everyone enjoyed a few welcome drinks in the garden. A piano had been installed and Chloe walked in to a wonderful rendition of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ with her very emotional father. Their ceremony included four meaningful readings and culminated in four shotguns making short work of confetti balloons. Chloe and Gunther walked through the fields back to the farm accompanied by the fabulous Bavarian Strollers oompah band.
Once drinks, canapés and the cake table were devoured, plus a few group photos taken, we headed to the cart shed for a sumptuous feast by Brasted’s. The hilarious speeches were separated throughout the courses, along with various flavours of schnapps. Shortly afterwards the bride was stolen - a German wedding tradition - and the groom eventually found her drinking in a bell tent! As the sun was setting I had a little time for a few more portraits before their amazing waltz first dance accompanied by Penfold. Chloe and Gunther met at a wedding four years ago and it was a huge honour to be there as two of their friends got engaged. Now that’s what weddings are all about. Mark and I absolutely LOVED capturing their day and huge congratulations to you both.