“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.
Meanwhile, the girls inside were doing girl stuff…..
…and then Isis flowers turned up with some fabulous flowers (well, what did you expect them to bring?)
(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.
As in “wow”.
Over at the church of St Giles the Abbot in Farnborough people were just about ready. A few last minute adjustments….
…which was just as well because as I said Lauren was a few minutes early in her cream coloured Beauford.
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.
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.
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.
Even if not everybody was happy to stand in the sun for a few pictures….
But of course, there was time to stop at the war memorial for a picture…
(Honestly, how wonderful is that dress?)
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.
And of course there’s always a shady spot where you can settle down with your very new wife.
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?”
This is “3”.
As a quick aside, what is it about men and hats at weddings?
Though actually it rather suits him.
Anyway back to the swords.
Well you didn’t expect a knife did you?
And then it was time for first dance…
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.
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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