I’ve said it before and there’s little doubt I’ll say it again, lots of the best stories start with a dress. Or in this case a gown. One of Maggie Sottero’s finest since you ask.
Lisa and Tim had asked me to photograph just a short portion of their day on a rather gloomy looking Wednesday. But when I got to Westenhanger Castle (one of my favourite Kent wedding venues) the sun was just trying to break through and Lisa was just emerging into her her wedding dress.
It’s a moment that always makes me think the the groom’s fiancée is being born again as a bride as all her bridesmaids gather round and she emerges into the dress.
Then there’s just the small matter of lacing it. Which can sometimes take a while.
Worth it though….
As everybody agreed. In fact,they all wanted a look.
Outside, Tim the groom was looking very relaxed.
Very very relaxed actually.
In fact, like a lot of grooms, he wasn’t worried about the ceremony, he wasn’t worried about the reception, he wasn’t even worried about the speeches. But he’d just suddenly realised that in about 5 minutes, all his mates were about to find out his middle name…..
And then. All of a sudden. It was that time. Time for everybody to settle down on a perfect summer’s afternoon. Time for the bridesmaids to walk as slowly as they could across the lawn.
Time for the soon to be Mrs Taylor to take her first steps to the ceremony. Time for Tim to get his first glance of his bride. Yes, it doesn’t matter how relaxed grooms are, they always look. Always.
And then…..Tim and Lisa were married.
And of course, everybody wanted a picture.
Now I mentioned earlier this week that some of the “formals” I take can be pretty informal. Like, well, this for example.
But don’t worry, we still found time for a picture of everybody at the wedding.
And then, with a whole castle and its grounds to play with and Lisa and Tim both looking fabulous we set off to take some portraits. And to find an oak tree, obviously.
Back with the guests of course Lisa and Tim wanted time with their friends. Well, they had new rings to show off, didn’t they?
Now here’s a dilemma for a wedding. Some of your guests like dark chocolate, some of them like milk. And who knows, maybe a few even like white chocolate. But a cake with those 3 mixed in would get really confused. No problem – why not have 3 cakes? And of course a sword to cut them with.
And with the huge marquee looking like this…..
….it was time for the reception. And for me to slip away.
But of course, there’s always time for one more picture. Please leave your comments and thoughts for Lisa and Tim below. Or just hit “like” to share on Facebook.
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