Monday, December 24, 2007

Groom wears Brides clothes!

The wedding we covered on Saturday was near Banbury in a village called Bodicote.

Claire and Andy were married in church of St John the Baptist and while Claire prepared at her parents home in the village Andy and his team got ready at the Whately Hall Hotel in Banbury. Andy and his Groomsmen were all sporting morning suits made by Claire's tailoring company, Ad Hominem.

Although the weather was bright and cold earlier in the day, by the time we came out of the church the heavens had opened. However this didn't deter the Bride and Groom from making the short journey from the church to the reception at Claire's parents house in their white Austin Healey Sprite. They even kept the roof down although an umbrella was used to keep the worst of the rain off.

Back at the house a large, three room marquee had been erected in the grounds and, under the watchful eye of wedding planners The Bespoke Wedding Company, florists Euphoric Flowers created some beautiful table arrangements whilst Indulgence Catering prepared the wedding breakfast.

Later in the evening as the guests danced to music supplied by a DJ and live band, those with a sweet tooth could help themselves to a cake stand full of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and, for those more health concious, there was fruit for dipping into the Chocolate Fountain...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Wedding in Luxembourg

On Friday evening I flew to the city of Luxembourg in the heart of, er, well, Luxembourg to photograph the wedding of Gayle Ashley and Jon Tait.

Gayle prepared at her parent's house and then headed of to the picteresque village of Bourglinster.

The wedding ceremony was held in the village church; one of the Readings was the really funny 'Valentine' by John Fuller and the ceremony was finished off with a very festive Hark the Herald Angels.

The Bride and Groom then led their guests on a walk up the hill to the Chateau de Bourglinster where the wedding breakfast was to be held.

As night fell and the temperature dropped to below freezing outside the guests enjoyed good food, plenty of Champagne and some frantic dancing.

There was even time for Jon and his ushers to demonstrate a very intense 'Blue Steel'....

The couple are now heading off to Australia and New Zealand for their honeymoon, returning in the New Year.

Cain Manor

On Friday we attended the wedding of Wendy Plummer and Alan Armitage at Cain Manor in Hampshire.

It was a chilly day and the guests were glad to be in the warmth of the Manor House's rooms. The ceremony room itself was decorated with flowers supplied by Alan's Mother who, quite handily, is a florist.

The couples lovely daughter, Amelia was one of two Bridesmaids, the other being Wendy's sister, Lisa.

Mr and Mrs Armitage are spending this week at Skibo Castle in Scotland relaxing after a their Christmas Wedding.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Light and Day


The weather on Saturday really wasn't what you would hope for on the day of a wedding. Cold winds and driving rain welcomed me to Canterbury and continued throughout the day.
However, nobody seemed to have told the Bride and Groom, Hannah and Nick. At no point did I hear them mention the atrocious conditions; they both seemed blisfully unaware, caught up in what was, for all of us there, a fun day.

The wedding ceremony was held in the church at Hannah's old school, St Edmund's in Canterbury, where the Bride (wearing a gorgeous dress by Jenny Packham) and her father entered to the sound of 'Ice Dance' from the film 'Edward Scissorhands'.

The ceremony was kept very festive by the presence of a large Chrismas tree near the altar and also the singing of Christmas Carols (The First Noel and Silent Night) instead of the traditional wedding hymns.

The wedding reception was some 15 minutes away at Swarling Manor. Once again, despite the conditions outside everybody enjoyed themselves, having a party with great food provided by the caterers Daisy Daisy Events in the warmth of the marquee.

The tables were all named after movies and it was a song from a movie soundtrack that provided Mr and Mrs Liddle with their 'unorthodox' first dance; 'Light and Day' by the Polyphonic Spree which featured in the film 'The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'.
Well, after spending the day with these two I think I realised we weren't in for 'We've Only Just Begun....'


Christmas Party


On Friday evening I was at Somerset House at the end of the Strand to photograph a Christmas party organised by Linda Cooper and Company.

The party was set in a very stylishly decorated marquee on the terrace of Somerset House overlooking the Thames at Waterloo Bridge. As you can see from the photographs, the custom built lounge furniture was complimented superbly by the great lighting, all supplied by Dream Events.

There were several individual bars set up around the marquee, some serving Champagne others providing a variety of delicious food including risotto and sushi, all prepared by the team from Rhubarb Events Catering.

The guests danced on a 'brilliant white' dance floor to music from The Allstars; I've seen this group at a couple of weddings already this year and they are exceptionally good!