As promised, here is the beautiful country wedding of Andrew and Beatrice. Full of sweetness and genuine happiness, this wedding packed an emotional punch. During the ceremony, during the speeches, even me during our little sunset session.. there wasn't a dry eye in the house. And speaking of sunset sessions.. Be sure to flick through to the end to see it. The clouds cleared just in time...
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Country-garden weddings are something of a traditional trend in weddings. It may not be dripping in wedding-blog-worthy details and modern style, but a family home IS full of personal and family histories. Walking around the family home, which I was so warmly welcomed into, helped me to get a feeling for the Bride, Beatrice, before I even met her. Homely, with lots of character and lots of warmth.. The sound of busy-ness and laughter was echoing around the house when I first arrived, and Checko (sorry if I've spelt this wrong!)
the black Lab, greeted me with the most enormous dog-grin. I knew it'd be a wicked day.
I must though, skip to my most favourite moment. The wedding itself had an incredible atmosphere, from beginning to end. The further the day progressed (and the bigger the stack of empty champagne bottles got) the more the atmosphere crescendoed. By the time it had come to the end of the wedding breakfast, the laughter and chatter was at full volume;
faces everywhere were smiling and the food and drink was in full flow.
I spotted the light change, and began bargaining with myself. "If I leave it another ten minutes, will it get better?" Before I knew it, I was leading Andrew and Beatrice through the house, and into a neighbouring Barley field.
Leaving the distant sounds of party and madness behind us, we all took a deep breath.
Is there anything better than the escape of natural quiet? Once we had adventured under a fence, Andrew and Beatrice stood together amidst the crop and just looked at each other, arms draped around necks and waists, heads tilted. Still able to hear the happy sounds of their favourite people in the distance, they seem to sink into this quiet moment together. The low sun peaked around her hair, and from in between their faces; sending gorgeous lens flare across my vision. It didn't matter where I took the photo,
their connection and emotion was pouring out of every frame.
These moments are, without meaning to sound sappy, the reason I do what I do. When a couple finally, and entirely, let their guard down, absolute magic happens. These moments at sunset, are so often the best couple photos of the day. All formalities are completed, speeches are done, food enjoyed and some helpful drink consumed...
And if the light is just right, no matter the pressure and stress of it all, I have the best job in the world.
Huge congratulations to Andrew and Beatrice, and an equally huge thank you to Maria and Phillip for all their help and support. I hope you can re-live the day a little, in this sneak peek. Oh, and I had to include a few dancing photos, because you guys threw an awesome party!