Ahhh… looking at that picture makes me so happy! Another wedding over for Blandford Forum’s Buttons “Wedding” Photography!
I’ve known Amanda for a long time, we worked pretty closely together for a number of years a while ago We shared laughs, tears, and plenty of drinks! So when she asked me to do her wedding photos I was SO excited! And when she told me more about the day I felt like all my Christmasses had come at once – a rustic barn you say with a set from fellow Dorsetians (yes I just made that up) The Leggomen! YESSSSSSS!
Anyway, the day rolled around, I travelled up from Blandford, my second shooters Sarah from Essex, and Lynn got the lie in and we all had an amazing time with Neill & Amanda and all of their lovely family and friends. I have never seen so much laughter at a wedding and I am not exaggerating, in fact I’m not sure Amanda stopped laughing for even a minute! It was especially lovely for me to see as her friend (as well as perfect for the photos!). Good work Neill – if you can keep that up then you’re on to a winner!
So just before the ceremony the guys were having some fun at the pub, obviously too many slim fasts pre wedding as they were punching new holes in their belts in the pub car park to hold their trousers up!
We had similar shenanigans at the girls’ house when one of the dresses appeared to be longer than when they bought it, Jackie the MOB was sat on the floor in her rollers raising the hem! I LOVE wedding mornings like this.
All ready, it was time to get the show on the road. I met a slightly nervous Groom at the church. Scuse me for getting a bit photographery on you but this church… with THAT massive window letting in all that beautiful light was amazing. Bit tricky for me up front as the light was pouring into my lens but from the back, wow, my favourite church so far I think!
The procession was started by little Max who threw a couple of petals halfway down and then dumped the lot at the end – bit like my old paper rounds! I caught Neill having a bit of a tear as his bride walked down the aisle, ahhhhhhhhhh! Then lots of flirty giggling between the two of them for the rest of the ceremony which I loved, these days are all about enjoying yourself!
The reception was at the amazing Stokes Farm Barn in Wokingham. I never knew it existed before but if you are on the lookout for a barn wedding in that area I would so highly recommend it. Suzanne who is the co-ordinator there is just amazing, all day long she was hands on getting things done and all the time with a smile on her face. But they have it all, a lake, a barn, lots of little interesting places for photos and a field of (barley/wheat/corn – not sure what it was but it was good for photos – don’t shoot me, I’m not a farmer!).
Meal over, it was time for the speeches, the best men were so well prepared with lots of props which had everyone in stitches, a racing suit and a lobster among them – I will leave the rest to your imagination!
Anyway, suffice to say, it was an amazing day from start to finish and I know that Neill and Amanda have been enjoying reliving their day through all the photos as it passes in a flash and remembering everything that happened is not as easy as you expect it will be!
Congrats you two – stay as happy as this day forever more!
SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE CREDITS!
CATERING: Clementine Catering did an outstanding job with the food, absolutely beautifully presented and tasted AMAZING. I’m always so grateful for a good meal!
HAIR: Jo Edgley the Mobile Hairdresser made amazing shapes out of the girls’ hair! In fact I daren’t show my daughter these pictures as she will be holing herself in front of me demanding these beautiful intricate rope plaits as she eats her weetabix!
MAKE UP: Jodie the make up artist from Special Occassion had an incredibly easy time of it with this gorgeous bevvy of beauties.
RECEPTION: Stokes Farm Barn in Wokingham
BRIDAL SHOES: Jimmy Choos which were apparently a gift from her boss!! I’d be lucky to get a pair of flip flips out of mine!
DRESS: The most beautiful bejewelled Jenny Packham dress from Miss Bush in Ripley that gave me the wobblers that it was going to catch on something all day long but Sophie her bridesmaid (and EXTREMELY efficient wedding planner!) did a fabulous job of making sure Amanda was unattached at all times.
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: – The beautiful blue dresses the bridesmaids were wearing came from Gorgeous Couture