On Friday we joined John and Vicki for there awesome wedding at Manor Barn in Buriton for what may well be one of Manor Barn’s last weddings because its up for sale for a cool 7 Million It may well continue to be a wonderful hampshire wedding venue but we wont really be sure until they find a buyer which could take a while.
We started our day with Vicki and the gals at the “Old spot cottage” in the grounds for a couple of hours of champagne giggles and preps, lots of details and dressing and boy did Vicki have some details, the most amazing shoes I have ever seen but you will see them later
Both John and Vicki are creatives so the whole day was full of amazing detail from the shoes to the singing so much effort proved the right approach because the wedding was 100% top notch, We met John and Vicki back when we photographed the wedding of our good friends Ash and Jo on a wet and windy August 1st and I can honestly say that was one of our best ever weddings, John is an artist who paints some amazing paintings and a couple years ago he took one of our photography workshops you can read about it here, so we already had got to know him well, Vicki is a music teacher and so jointly their creativity shone through today.
Anyway back to the wedding during the preps we headed up to the 5 bells pub to meet John and the best man, well actually it was the best Dog yep a lovely dog called Cohen was the best man and ring bearer ad very well behaved he was, we also saw a few of the lads and a few more details before heading back to Vicki and the girls, Before long we all started walking to the beautiful Manor Barn to the waiting crowd of excited friends for the most amazing ceremony led by the registrar Alan fines who we met a few weeks ago at Kev and Steph’s wedding, after the lovely ceremony with the most amazing music we headed outside into the sun, because of the forecast and cloud we headed promptly into family groups and luckily just finished as the rain started so we all headed inside for more champagne and canapés whilst we waited for the wedding breakfast, we started the breakfast with speeches and they were lots of fun, we then had the most amazing meal and probably the best hog roast I have ever eaten, mainly because I got to eat lots of mine but also most of my great friend Sharon’s (ash’s mum) but more of Sharon later, We made the most of the late summer weather and took John and vicki out between courses for a few portraits and after the mains to the duckpond to feed the ducks then after the desert some more speeches and one which was quite emotional broke into song, it was wicked !
we then had a break so Sue and I setup our funtime fotos for the evening and started shooting those which went down very well indeed ad we had a few hours of fun our funtime foto booth is always a crown pleaser and after months of discussions and a couple of polls Sue and I have decided against on-site printing but going with the digital photos, 80% of the people we spoke to said they would prefer a digital copy to use for family blogs and facebook rather than a 6″ x 4″ that quite frankly they would never show or use.
The singing then started and there was lots of it, lots of Vicki’s students did solo’s and it was great, the cake cutting was funthen the first dance which was also sung by one of vicki’s students as a surprise to vicki and she was amazed as we all were because the singer simply nailed it !
Well it was an awesome wedding and we loved every minute of it, our big thanks to Sharon who is without exception wins my best “wedding planner” prize, Sharon worked continuously to make sure the day went as planned and once again helped Sue and I all day long, Thanks Sharon we both love you XX
Thanks to everyone else for a great day you were all fab, great to see you all, great to see our friends Ash, Jo, James and of course Sharon and I am sure we have made some new friends, Thanks John and Vicki for being so much fun from our first meeting right through to the wheelbarrow incident Vicki Loved Loved Loved your wedding
THANK YOU XX