With weddings being such statement events these days, simple and traditional can often go unnoticed. But Ian and Flo, who literally light up the blog with their laughs and love this week, prove that traditional can still be just as unique and touching as it always was. (Make sure to scroll to the end, for the effortlessly sweet couple-shots by the lake.. Sigh)
A grooms party strolling down iconic, Gold Hill; girls getting ready in the bride's country childhood home; a stunning church over the road, followed by a reception set into the fields of Somerset;
and that lake, with those rushes framing it's reflections.. Perfection.
The getting ready portion of the day, is still one of my favourites to shoot.
This might be because it's before the day gets really stressful, but it's also because of the build up. This day has been in the planning for months/ years, and even perhaps the mind of the bride, since childhood. This final few hours before the ceremony, are the culmination of all of that. That feels kind of incredible to be around, at every wedding; capturing the nerves and excitement, and the friendships and families that surround it, never gets old.
A particular moment which stood out to me at this wedding, was on Gold Hill, which I lovingly nicknamed Hovis-Hill. It was just as picture-perfect in person as it was in photographs;
the cobbled street bending steeply down and away, with it's little cottages all stacked up like dominoes ready to topple down the hill.
As I was shooting the Groom, Ian, with this scene melting into a blur behind him, I caught a reflection on the back screen of my camera, of his entire grooms-party stood behind me. They were throwing all possible banter his way, embarrassing him into laughter and generally being everything the grooms party should be.. but most importantly, they were supporting him.
This big group of friends and family, were all there for him, in those final nervous steps down to the church. There I was, stood in the middle of it, and I could feel it. It's enough to bring a swell to the heart an a tear to the eye.
Another moment, which will probably always stick in my mind, was when we took the quieter couple photos. These two aren't into the cheesy couple stuff (and neither am I, it should be known) so I know to just leave them to be together. There was a break in the rushes which crowded around the little lake. They stood here, facing out over the water, looking to the party which was just beginning in the distance. It was a sweet moment.. I pushed myself into the rushes to the side of them (trying desperately not to sink or fall into the lake!) and slotted my lens through the tall rushes.
Flo looked across at me, with Ian stood proudly next to her in the foreground.
For me, this was the shot of the day. It isn't trying hard, it isn't set up. They look so together, so well matched, and so at peace.. it feels like a perfect reflection of them. And though only I know that they are looking over to their friends and family, for me, it proves just how much their people mean to them.
This was their moment of reflection. And a moment which really shows what an awesome pair of people they are.
I'd like to thank all of Flo and Ian's friends and family for having me be a part of the day, and for welcoming me/ putting me up/ showing me around.. all of it. You were all absolute legends.
Congratulations to the awesome power couple that is now.. Mr & Mrs Richardson. Have an awesome honeymoon!
I'll close with a beautiful quote from William Wordsworth:
'A lake carries you into recesses of feeling, otherwise impenetrable.'