Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

November 14, 2008  |  Weddings
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Cast you mind back a few months. W-a-a-a-y back in May, I met up with Ella and Gareth on Reculver Beach at dawn. Lily was there too!

You may wonder what they have been up to for the past 6 months or so. There’s a simple answer. Planning. Or rather Ella has. The shot above isn’t the plan from their wedding. It’s the plan for the flowers at their wedding. The rest of the plan takes another 16 pages. It worked though – their wedding earlier this week went like clockwork.

Very very fun clockwork :).

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

The house was full when I got there. It got fuller. Parents, aunts, uncles, four bridesmaids, pageboy, makeup artist, hairdresser, video crew and me with a couple of Nikons. Oh and somewhere in there was Ella. Having the time of her life.

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

Gentlemen (and especially Gareth), I believe the word you are looking for is “Wow”. Which is pretty similar to what Lisa said….

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

Notice that Ella is fully dressed in this picture. You can’t see them here but all her bridesmaids had their dress on too by this stage. Just as well because it was time to travel to the Knowle for the wedding. So what happened next….?

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

Hmm. Dressing gowns, Spanxx, slipper socks, coats, Ugg boots and tiaras? What’s going on? Well it was about an hour to the venue by vintage Rolls So….dress at the house to check hair and makeup and for pictures, dressing gowns for the journey and change again at the Knowle. It makes perfect sense. Planning weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

Gareth didn’t have to change – he was at the Knowle. Looking suave, sophisticated and not at all nervous. There were at least 2 lines on the plan that said “keep Gareth calm”. Perfect.

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

And he needn’t have worried, of course Ella was bang on time. With so much love and emotion in the room, I don’t think there was a dry eye at the wedding.

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

Not even Lily’s.

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

C’mon. You didn’t think we’d leave her outside did you? Not when she had a special collar made for the day by Keeley from Bridalway.

As part of the plan, Ella asked if I wanted to shoot the confetti “live” or mock it up later. My answer to questions like this is always the same. You can’t fake reactions like this.

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It’s slightly risky but 90% of the day is one shot one chance. That’s why you hire a professional weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

And there was no way anybody was going to stop Ella making a speech at her own wedding.

And no way anybody was going to stop Jasper from ordering his “beer juice”

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And no way I was going to walk away from night portraits on a night like that. And no way Lily was going to miss out.

weddings  Ella and Gareth: Perfect Planning

More pictures when they come back from honeymoon. In the meantime I know Ella and Gareth would love it if you left wishes for them below.


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  • Ella & Gareth

    Jonathan
    These are fantastic. I couldn’t plan the photography and I had complete confidence you would make us proud which you did!!!! Loved having you there. See you soon. E and Gx

  • Esther CB!!

    What a wonderfull day. The photos are going to be really special if these few are anything to go by. You looked the truely blushing bride. Love your little sis est
    xxxxx

  • Mum and Dad

    Dear Ella and Gareth

    It was a truly memorable and wonderful day on Wednesday,even the weather was perfect.The Holloway luck prevailed yet again.

    We are so proud of you both and warmly welcome Ella into our family.Naturally it includes Lily too!

    The deep love you have for each other is so evident-may it continue always,as will our love for you both.

    Mummy and Daddy H.

  • Mizz

    I am so proud of my best mate and her fella-don’t they look stunning?
    However…Jonathon I’m not convinced the shot with Esther and I showing our spanxx off is our most flattering side!! He he!

  • http://www.bridalway.co.uk Keeley Harrison

    Jonathan…. what can i say??? Amazing! I have tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. Reportage photography at its finest.
    Ella and Gareth… such a perfect day thank you both for inviting us to share it with you.
    Lily… you looked beautiful xxxx

  • Lali

    Ella, I can see from that smile you are a happy bride. You look stunning in that dress. All the best to you too. wish I was there.

    Love Lali

  • Shazzy and Jay

    Ella and Gareth!! If these taster photographs are anything to go by, your wedding album is going to be a joy to look at!! Cant wait to view the wedding video either!!

    Both Sharon and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being invited to share in your special day, the events will be treasured for many years to come!!

    All the very best to you both, hope you will remain happy together!!

    P.S. If there are anymore “uncut” photos of the bridesmaids, email address is supplied.

    Love Shaz and Jay xxxx

  • Richard & Emmeline

    Dearest Gareth & Ella,

    Guys, what a great day! Everyone had a superb time and we were no different.

    It was honour to be involved, we wish we could do it all over again!

    The photographs so far look wonderful, can’t wait to see more, we’re sure they’ll all hold treasured memories for many years to come.

    With love and best wishes for a bright and happy future together.

    Love Always,

    Rich & Em.
    xx

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