A gorgeous summer's day in August took me to North Newington to photograph the wedding of Emily and John. As soon as I arrived at Emily's parents home I knew it was going to be a lovely day filled with lots of love. Emily's auntie arrived with probably the most beautiful flowers I've ever seen and a gorgeous floral crown to compliment the bohemian style. It's also always a pleasure to work with my friend who is an amazing makeup artist and both myself and Jessica Ava were excited at Emily's bold lipstick choice to match her flowers! The service was held in Broughton in the grounds of the wonderful Broughton Castle. The 'Midsummer Night's Dream' feel carried through the service where Shakespeare's sonnets were read followed by everyone singing along to 'A Rainy Night in Soho' by The Pogues which created a fabulous atmosphere, especially because half the congregation were Irish, so it was really quite moving!
I was then a very lucky photographer when we were able to photograph in the grounds of the castle, so we had some wonderful backdrops for the photos of Emily and John whilst the guests had a glass of Pimms. Everyone then jumped on the back of a tractor and headed back to the village of North Newington where a marquee was waiting with rustic decor, fair games and John's father serenading everyone with Frank Sinatra songs - (I actually thought it was a CD at first). Everyone in the village had contributed in some way towards the wedding so there was a very intimate atmosphere and it really was a pleasure to be involved in something so personal. The speeches were slightly non-traditional which again I loved, they included a speech from Emily herself and her bridesmaids, then the partying carried on through golden hour and into the night.
As I photograph so many weddings it makes me more particular about how I want my big day. I often find myself picking elements off every wedding and creating a huge mix in my head! Emily and John's was a gorgeous wedding that I left not only wanting to be one of the guests but also how I'd wish my day to be.