On Friday we joined Jamie and Kate for their wedding at the ever popular East Close Hotel Nr Christchurch in the new forest and it was an extra special one for Sue and I for a couple of reasons, firstly it was our last wedding of 2013 and its been an awesome year and secondly because we hit it off with Jamie and Kate so well when we first met that we have been uber excited about this one.
Sue and I absolutely adore our weddings and by only taking on 20 weddings each year means that we can give each one the attention it deserves and that means on the wedding day, before and after and just like with Jamie and Kate this helps us getting to know our lovely couples, This year we photographed 24 amazing wedding and I can honestly say that I would be happy to go our for a coffee ( that really means cider ) with any of our couples and in fact already have with a couple its such an honour and privilege doing what we do and loving it and I am thankful everyday. None more-so than arriving home from this wedding to a message from a lovely couple who had come to see us last week about their big day from Bedfordshire “We really enjoyed meeting you both and it added to the excitement to know that you liked our ideas for the day and there would be some good creative opportunities. We love your approach and style and are very happy to know we have found what we were looking for” That one brings us almost to capacity for 2014 which is exciting.
Getting back to Jamie and Kate’s wedding, we started our day arriving at East Close just as Jamie arrived so we managed a quick “hello” as he dashed inside to remain unnoticed before we had a coffee and headed up to see Kate and the girls. We spent about an hour with Kate and the girls photographing some amazing details including Jamie’s present to Kate a beautiful Tiffany’s necklace and then we headed off to meet with Jamie and the boys. After a few shots with the boys and the rings of course (we do love our details) I headed back to see Kate and Sue to see the registrars.
Soon after that we were all heading into the beautifully prepared ceremony room for a lovely ceremony complete with a few tears and sweeping shafts of sunshine from the beautiful crisp day we were enjoying, then out into the bar for hugs, kisses, champagne and canapés and not necessarily in that orderbefore we headed outside onto the lawns for our family groups which only took a few minutes but were gorgeous with the last remaining colour still on the trees.
After this we took Kate and Jamie off for some lovely portraits in the gorgeous walled gardens before heading inside to warm up and into dinner, followed were some fun speeches and cake cutting, I am chuffed that I got some gorgeous “chefgary type” reflections during the cutting which is never easy because we are surrounded by so many people clicking away, We then had another hour or so in the bar before the first dance which again I managed to play with the mirrors for some reflections and again i am very happy with them.
This was an awesome wedding and a perfect way to finish a perfect year and lest rope 2014 will be as good, I have high hopes and expectations already !
Those of you that know me will know that I always say, “weddings are about people NOT places” and this year has been about people, lovely lovely people and that makes me very happy, Jamie and Kate thank you for helping us finish on a high.