Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

September 8, 2014  |  Weddings
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So….another wedding that’s been a long time in the planning.  I first met Leanne and her mother about 2 years ago at Detling wedding fair.  I first met Nicky about 2 weeks ago in the gallery.  leanne likes to plan things….

When I arrived at her mother’s house everything was eerily calm.  Everybody was relaxed and seemed to know what they were doing.  I’d guessed ahead of time that it was going to be a chilled day, just the way I like them.  Oh, apart from the fact that Riley and Tug had merged into some kind of dog headed girl.  That was a bit weird.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

You know how it is on the morning of a wedding.  The girls do girl things.  They do makeup…

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

…they may sip the odd glass of champagne whilst doing hair…

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

…and they linger over every last detail, making sure it’s perfect.  Especially flowers – the arrival of the flowers is always a big event….

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

As for the guys, well, there really isn’t that much for the bride’s father to do.  Except wait…

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

…and help out with no-longer-dog-girl Riley’s shoes…

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

and then wait nervously downstairs while their daughter is getting ready to be married.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

Worth the wait though.  Totally.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

And then it was off in the “old Rover” for the short trip to the church.  Actually a very old Rover.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

Where there was another guy waiting for Leanne – this time the one who would very soon be her husband.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

And then it was time for Leanne and Nicky to be married.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

And after the wedding……pictures of course.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

And then some time for Leanne and Nicky to be alone together.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

Now then, what follows pictures at the church?  PARTY, obviously.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

Also, beer and funny faces.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

There’s always a long debate about the right time to have speeches.  The traditional “British” version is to have them after the meal.  But then there’s also the option to do them like Leanne and Nicky did and have them right before the meal.  Not only does it mean the best man gets to enjoy his food without dreading the upcoming speech, it tends to keep them shorter.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

One thing I like about late summer weddings is there’s always lots of time after the meal.  There’s still enough light to grab a couple of casual, relaxed shots while we wait for evening guests and first dance.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

Though of course, no quiet time is complete without selfies, saxophones and blow up electric guitars.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

Then soon, too soon, it’s time for cutting the cake…

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

…and first (and second) dance.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church

But somehow, there’s always time for just one more picture.

weddings  Leanne and Nicky at Sturry Church


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  • Leanne Roberts-Cleaver

    Amazing! We cannot thank you enough Jonathan! I was extremely nervous before we got to see the preview here as I dread having my photo taken (I always find flaws in myself) I even said to Nicky that we would have a brideless album! However when we received our preview in the post today along with our photos to keep, I had tears of joy!
    I cannot express how beautiful our photos really are, thank you!