My last wedding of 2018 was a belter to finish the season. I confess to have been looking forward to capturing Natalie and Tom’s day for a very long time, it’s been wonderful to get to know them over the near two years preceding. Like many, Natalie and Tom booked me on a personal recommendation. I love this as I know I’ll be catching up with a previous bride & groom (hi Kathryn and Nick!) and also that everyone will have that little extra fun, especially with their photography. With that in mind I’d planned a few stellar shots, including the groomsmen as well as their couple images - more on that later.
My day started in Sweet Chestnut Cottage with Natalie, her mum and bride tribe. With the most perfectly forecast weather everyone was in a very relaxed and joyful mood, especially when mum Ali rocked out photos of the happy couple as children. I couldn’t wait to see Natalie in her Rebecca Ingram gown and she looked every bit as sensational as I imagined. The fab bridesmaids dressed in burgundy and the flowers by Lucie Lou’s brought their autumnal palette together. We hadn’t planned a reveal with her father - but it instinctively happened - and it was one of the more emotional reveals I’ve had the honour of photographing. It was soon ceremony time and emotions were still running high down the aisle and all the way through the ceremony. A first for me, even the registrars were moved to tears. After eyes were dried and documents were signed everyone enjoyed the sunshine where confetti and drinks flowed in equal measure.
I was blessed with the hardest working and most helpful best man of the year - thanks Nick! Before the ceremony I asked him to keep an eye out for iPhones, I had a photograph in mind which required at least six of Apple’s finest and it worked fabulously. I LOVE creating something unique for each couple. As we approached golden hour I took them across the lawns near the river and back into the walled garden searching for textures and colours. I loved their cake, to should I say cakes, a spectacular table of buttercream corals by Kerry’s Bouqcakes. Norfolk Mead created a tasty wedding breakfast followed by emotional, funny and slightly embarrassing speeches.
I was keeping a watchful eye on the sky, which didn’t look like would amount to much, until - that is - the very last moment. I grabbed Nat & Tom and positioned them on the bridal suite balcony, reflected in my prism and silhouetted against a sky on fire with a rare pink rainbow arching overhead. Sophie G and Good Times were ready for a magical first dance and keeping the dance floor full with some fabulous music. We finished the night with a few sparklers and giant balloons before heading back to the photo booth and dancing until feet hurt. I said this one was a belter - it really was! Many thanks for Francesca and the Mead team for making me so welcome and huge congrats to Natalie and Tom - who incidentally - scooped my couple of the year title. 2018, that’s a wrap!