Emma and Rory - a wedding at Turkey Mill

Emma and Rory – a wedding at Turkey Mill

June 1, 2012  |  Weddings
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I honestly think I have the coolest job in the world.  Take yesterday for example.  While other people were wondering what to do for the Jubilee weekend, I was at Turkey Mill photographing a truly beautiful wedding for a fabulous couple.  They had spent two years planning it.  Pretty much all I had to do was show up with my camera and try to do it justice.

What do I mean by a “truly beautiful wedding”?  Well, take a look.

It starts like many good stories do with shoes…

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

And not just any shoes.  There were shoes for all the bridesmaids (of course), a pair on miniature Converse for a page boy and a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe.  Naturally.  A gift from her grandfather.

And of course you’d expect flowers.  But truly stunning flowers.  Prepared by a friend of the family.  And so, as Emma told me, you could see that a little extra love had gone into each arrangement.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Now it’s not unusual for a couple of tears on a wedding day.  But you can bet they were tears of joy as Emma opened this lovely gift from Rory.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

To be honest, I think she started when she saw “Jenny Packham” written on the box…  Yep, Rory did good.

Very good.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Then there was just time for a couple of finishing touches and the all important dress.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Yes.  Claire really is wearing gloves to button the back of Emma’s dress….

So…over to Turkey Mill.  Which was looking even more gorgeous than normal.  Yes, flowers pretty much everywhere.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

…and the guests were waiting patiently.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Pretty soon, all the girls were there.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

And Rory was right there with best man Rob.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

So that he could watch Emma make the l-o-n-g walk across the bridge…

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Worth the wait though.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Totally.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Clients sometimes worry a bit about having to “pose” for pictures.  “What will I do?  Will I feel awkward?  Will I be able to do it?”.

I have a much simpler method for pictures.  “Hey Rory, go over there and look like James Bond.”

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Sorted.  (In fact the only small issue was educating Rory that Lazenby is not the best Bond ever…It’s Brosnan, obviously.)

Mind you, he looks even better with his new wife in the picture too.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Back at the reception, everybody was having a great time.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

And there was time for a few groups of family and friends…

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Before it was time for a lovely and very pretty wedding breakfast courtesy of Scott Anderson.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

And then of course it was time for the speeches.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

With the long summer evening, Turkey Mill is an ideal place for everyone to chill out after the wedding breakfast.  Or even play Jenga.  I honestly can’t remember who lost…

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

DJs occasionally ask me what kind of lighting I want for first dance.  And my answer is always “smoke and lasers”.  Failing that, I’ll take a reasonably dark room with a sparkly floor weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Which is also a great combination for a, um, more than usually energetic father and daughter dance…

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

Long summer evenings are also good for some really relaxed bride and groom pictures.  The light softens, the heat goes out of the day and everybody chills out.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

And of course, no visit to Turkey Mill would be complete without a visit to the waterfall.

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

And none of my weddings would really be complete without “just one more picture” after dark…

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

See?  Not only do I have the coolest job in the world, I also have one of the easiest.  People make pretty things and look fabulous and I just turn up and press the button.

Oh.  Until your clients say “can we go over to that wooden building that Turkey Mill just built and play with some fire?”  Sure, bring your drinks…

weddings  Emma and Rory   a wedding at Turkey Mill

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  • Mrs Spiller

    Jonathan you are incredible, you have captured our perfect day perfectly! It feels so surreal seeing our beautiful day on your website at long last after 2 years! We can’t tell you how much we appreciated your hard work and efforts on the day… and of course the banter! Can’t wait to see more, just dashing out the door – great timing!! Emma xx

  • Lisylou

    Jonathan, Your photos are truly amazing! Can’t wait to see the rest of them. Thank you for capturing Emma and Rory’s special day. They deserve only the best and with you… they got it!
    Lisa (MOH) xxx