Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

May 17, 2011  |  Weddings
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“Hey Lauren, can I take your dress outside for a moment?”  Err, you’re not going anywhere near the pool are you?”  “Well, not exactly….”

And so Mike (my assistant) and a very nervous mother of the bride very carefully carried a gorgeous Maggie Sottero pearl coloured dress past the pool and hung it very securely from the pergola.  With the bottom about an inch from the floor.  Big dress.  Gorgeous dress.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Meanwhile, the girls inside were doing girl stuff…..

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

…and then Isis flowers turned up with some fabulous flowers (well, what did you expect them to bring?)

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

(This is a bridesmaid’s bouquet – as you’ll see later Lauren’s flowers were red with sparkly things.  Yes, I know more about cameras than flowers….)

And then all too soon (actually slightly too soon – Lauren was early!) it was time for the “wow” moment.

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As in “wow”.

Over at the church of St Giles the Abbot in Farnborough people were just about ready.  A few last minute adjustments….

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

…which was just as well because as I said Lauren was a few minutes early in her cream coloured Beauford.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

And then it was that time.  2pm.  St Giles the Abbot.  Farnborough.  Kent.  A beautiful late spring day.  Sunny and bright.  Full of light and joy.  The time and place that Lauren Speck walked through the 16th century nave of a building that has been around as a church for a thousand years or so to meet Jason Nice.  For their wedding.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Like this.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

…and this….

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

But they didn’t get out of the church that easily.  Jason had brought some of his work mates with him.  And they brought swords.  And pretty cool outfits.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Seriously, you want a ceremony done just right then the army is a pretty good choice.

And then we popped down to the bottom of the churchyard for some pictures.  Where, as luck would have it, there was some tall grass and meadow flowers and a page boy.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Even if not everybody was happy to stand in the sun for a few pictures….

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

But of course, there was time to stop at the war memorial for a picture…

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

(Honestly, how wonderful is that dress?)

….and then on to Langley Park golf club for the reception.

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Yes, they are giving that swan a pretty wide berth…

Everybody loves a sunny day for weddings.  Except the photographer usually.  Hard light, deep shadows and squinting can make it tough to get great pictures.  I do love it when people put sunglasses on though – you can see what’s making them smile so much.

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And of course there’s always a shady spot where you can settle down with your very new wife.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Now, it is always easy to make jokes at soldiers’ weddings about “military timing” but the truth is that everything really did run to time for most of the day.  Except for one bit.  I believe my exact words were “OK Lauren, we’ll go 3…2…1…and then you throw the bouquet, OK?”

Yeah.

This is “3”.

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As a quick aside, what is it about men and hats at weddings?

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Though actually it rather suits him.

Anyway back to the swords.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Well you didn’t expect a knife did you?

And then it was time for first dance…

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And then one final instruction for Lauren and Jason.  This one was “hang on a second while I slip the awesomiser filter on”.  To make it 58% more epic.   Like they needed it.

weddings  Maggie Sottero, swords and Mr and Mrs Nice

Jason and Lauren won’t be able to go on honeymoon for a couple of weeks so I know they will be reading your comments below.  And if you like this post then please click the “like” button to share their happiness on Facebook.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546017050 Megan Alexandra Dugmore

    You look beautiful lauren, and that last photo is breathtaking.

  • Robert Nice

    Wow!!!! was an understatement. The whole day was absolutely brilliant. Congratulations to the happy couple and a big thank you to everyone who helped make it a success. Cannot wait to see the rest of the photos. Thank you

  • Toni Davey

    Stunning photographs Jonathan – Lauren looks beautiful and I love the photographs of the little boy with the flower basket and the little girl with what can only be described as ‘the right ump!’

    I cannot wait to see the rest of the photo’s either – fabulous job again Mr Ryan………….. 

  • Wes and Kathy Taylor

     What a fabulous looking couple…. Both Wes and I are so very happy for you, many congratulations xxx

  • Caz4500

    aw that is well cool love the script ha ha looks like you both had a lovely day :)