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.
You know how it is on the morning of a wedding. The girls do girl things. They do makeup…
…they may sip the odd glass of champagne whilst doing hair…
…and they linger over every last detail, making sure it’s perfect. Especially flowers – the arrival of the flowers is always a big event….
As for the guys, well, there really isn’t that much for the bride’s father to do. Except wait…
…and help out with no-longer-dog-girl Riley’s shoes…
and then wait nervously downstairs while their daughter is getting ready to be married.
Worth the wait though. Totally.
And then it was off in the “old Rover” for the short trip to the church. Actually a very old Rover.
Where there was another guy waiting for Leanne – this time the one who would very soon be her husband.
And then it was time for Leanne and Nicky to be married.
And after the wedding……pictures of course.
And then some time for Leanne and Nicky to be alone together.
Now then, what follows pictures at the church? PARTY, obviously.
Also, beer and funny faces.
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.
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.
Though of course, no quiet time is complete without selfies, saxophones and blow up electric guitars.
Then soon, too soon, it’s time for cutting the cake…
…and first (and second) dance.
But somehow, there’s always time for just one more picture.