As you know I like to make an entrance but I don't normally make such a dramatic entrance as I did at Louise's house. As the usher opened the door to let me in I tripped over the step and literally fell in through the front door, bashing my finger on the door frame and ending sprawled in a heap on the floor. Tres elegant!
The bridesmaids, who were all sitting elegantly in the lounge sipping champagne fell about laughing at my unconventional approach to breaking the ice. Anyway, moving swiftly on:
Louise seemed to be very calm about it all. She was a bit like a swan, all serene on top but flapping like heck underneath it all! Here she is good to go and looking gorgeous and taking one last look in the mirror before heading off for the car waiting outside.
The ceremony and the reception were to be held at Mytton Fold and the plan was that the ceremony would take place outside. The rain had been threatening all day and right up to the last second it wasn't at all certain where it would take place. The hotel had set up for both an inside and an outside ceremony so the final decision was down to the bride and groom who decided.......
What a good decision, it was wonderful.
After the ceremony Martin and Louise went for a ride in their wedding car. I should say in their special wedding car as it was my old buddy Peter from Special Wedding Cars who was there that day with his lovely old Buick.
As Martin & Louise went for their much needed breather, Bob and me spent the time having a laugh with .. er.. cough... I mean getting lots of photos of the guests.
There was a toast master there who I've never met before his name was Roland and he was wonderful. he gathered people together for me, held my camera while I climbed up my stepladder for the big group shots and generally made sure everything ran smoothly. I would highly recommend him if you are getting married, (just because I want a Roland at every wedding!). He was superb.
This little chap here, Martin's nephew, was in grave danger of stealing the show, he was so cute.
When Martin & Louis came back we went for a little stroll round the gardens to get our special shots. I love this part of the day, it's just the bride and groom with me and Bob and we can all relax a little bit away from the crowd. Usually this is when we get our best shots as we have a stroll and a chat as we walk. Maybe stopping on a handy bench for a few minutes.
This is one of my very favourite images of the day. The look of love in Louise's eyes makes me emotional every time I see it.
The it was time for the wedding breakfast. As photographers we feel that this is a time to leave people alone. No one wants to be eating their meal thinking that at any moment they will be snapped shovelling in a mouthful of roast beef and yorkshire pud, it doesn't make for good photography and it puts everyone on edge so we get out of the way till it's time for the speeches. We love the speeches. Bob specially loves them as he's picking up material for next year when he is going to be the father of the bride. He's been writing his speech for ages now. It should good .. or just very, very long.
During the evening a man turned up with a strange looking contraption. As he started to assemble it it became clear that it was a huge chocolate fountain. Very impressive to look at and it certainly was very popular.