Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

July 14, 2009  |  Weddings
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weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

Meet Gilly.  Gilly likes to climb trees.  A lot.  I’m not sure she wears posh frocks that often.  But when she does she still loves to climb trees.  And there was no way I was going to stop her….

Anyway, you can’t blame her.  Especially when her dress has already had approval from the legend that is Jon Bon Jovi.
weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

Still, you have to admit it looks better actually on her weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

As for Mark, well I tracked him down in a groom’s natural habitat…..

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

And then….it was time for a wedding!

But if you know Mark well, you’ll know that he’s not one to wear a tie too often.  Or fasten his top button ever.  Still Gilly saw to that….

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

But you’ve got to admit….that’s quite a wedding ring.

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

Both Gilly and Mark are mad about animals.  And the requested shot list from the day featured a long list from the normal to the not so normal.  Sadly we didn’t see any Jackdaws all day – though we did get cats, swans and ducks.  Here was one of the more normal ones…

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

After the wedding at St Mary’s Stansted (Kent not Essex!) the reception was at the fabulous Bradbourne House.  There were many many highlights here but these are some of my favourites.

The cake….

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

C’mon….if you were going to Disneyworld for the first time in your life for your honeymoon and you’d finally got the visas sorted out just a few hours before the wedding…..what would your cake look like?  Thought so.

The formal picture of the bridemaids.  Some shots speak for themselves and some need a little explanation.  I don’t think any words are needed for this.  It’s just the bride stamping on one of her bridesmaids in stilettos while the other bridemaid looks on in horror.  Pretty normal stuff….

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

And of course there were the awesome “bags of fire”.  Of sky lanterns as most people call them.  Imagine 50 people who had maybe had a glass or two of champers trying to light 50 very flammable paper bags in a light breeze.  Tell you what, don’t imagine, I’ll show you….

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

Apparently most UFO sighting are caused by sky lanterns now.  Fact.  Well it’s in the Chorley Citizen.

But one of my favourite memories will always be Gilly and Mark dancing to their favourite Guns n Roses……

weddings  Gilly and Mark at Bradbourne House

Gilly and Mark are of in Disneyworld now (like the cake) but you can leave your thoughts and messages for them below.


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  • annie

    lovely pictures cant wait to see more god bless you both and have a very happy future together love you loads

  • Emma Wix

    Beautiful wedding, what a fun packed day! Happy Honeymoon to you both, relax and enjoy! Lots of Love xxxx

  • Daniel

    Wonderful pictures, certainly a job well done! I especially like the HDR (I presume it to be HDR rather than just a Photoshop effect) on the Carriage one. To Mark & Gilly; have an exuberant and exciting… and most importantly happy life together!

  • admin

    Cheers Daniel. But neither HDR nor Photoshop. That’s what you get when you hide an assistant with a h-u-g-e flashgun right behind the drivers. That’s why they are rim lit and why the shadows go the “wrong” way like you get in HDR.

    I could show you the “misses” but that would spoil the magic :)

  • Daniel

    Ah right! Thanks for explaining. Well then I’ll have to buy myself an assistant.. do they sell those in Dixons? ;). I see now you’ve mentioned it, the shadowing shows it quite clearly. In some ways the way you’ve managed to capture it without using HDR is even more impressive.

  • amit

    Dixons?? you gotta do better than that!
    :)

    [Editor’s note: Amit was the one hiding behind the horses with the light on a stick….]

  • Rebekah

    Stunning photos! Cant wait for more! Was a really special and beautiful day! Congrats again guys!

  • Sarah Goodchild

    What a magical day! I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos, they look amazing! Hope you are both having a great honeymoon and I look forward to sitting down with you both pawing over photos with a nice cup of tea!! Love you guys x

  • Eunice and Tim

    What a magical wedding, you looked the perfect couple. Thanks for a lovely day, hope you have a brill holiday! Will try and meet up again very soon. xxx

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  • Miri

    Fantastic wedding! We both had a lovely time… the church was fab, the vicar was funny – the happy couple looked gorgeous! Thanks so much for inviting us and may you both live long and prosper!! xxx