A day full of love. A day full of laughter. A day full of expression. I’m rattling my brain trying to find the perfect words to describe Nikita and Tony’s wedding day, and I’m utterly struggling, except for these three words that keep coming to mind: love, laughter and expression. An intimate wedding with 27 guests, who were all incredibly welcoming to each other and myself, it felt like everyone had known each other for years even if they just met that day. This created an electric atmosphere with lots of opportunities to capture expressive photos full of love and laughter (using those three key words again! Hehe!).
Nikita and Tony got married at Hunters Hall, a working farm with a characterful barn to hold the ceremony and reception, along with a farm house where everyone got ready. I met Nikita with her bridesmaids and MOH. Nikita had just got in to her dress and was preparing for her Dad to come in to see his first reactions to his daughter in his dress - it was adorable! The love between Nikita and her Dad (Steve) was so beautiful. Throughout the day, he never strayed far from her side, was always there to make her laugh and the speech was.. well.. we’ll get to that in a little bit! ;) His reaction to seeing his daughter in her wedding dress was such a beautiful experience. He was crying. She was crying. They hugged and cried some more. Emma (the brilliant wedding co-ordinator at Hunter’s Hall) was ready with a box of tissues! One of the sweetest interactions happened at this moment when Maddison - Tony’s daughter - asked “Why are you both crying?” Steve responded, “We’re crying because we are both so happy.” Maddison waved her magic flower wand, smiled sweetly and announced like a fairy, “I wish away your tears so you may be happy!” She made our hearts melt!
Shortly after this, I made my way to ceremony room. Decorated with lanterns, flowers and shabby chic white chairs with satin white bows to match, the traditional barn room was the perfect setting for this relaxed wedding. Led in by her bridesmaids, Nikita and Steve walked down the aisle together. They were beaming as they entered the suite, winking at guests and looking at each other. Once Nikita saw Tony, she tried to hold in the happy tears as best as she could by biting her lip ever so slightly. Luckily she had her Dad holding her arm, cracking jokes and bringing back her glowing smile effortlessly. During the ceremony, everyone was smiling and some tissues came out of bags to catch tears. This wedding also marks a first for me in the nine years that I have been a wedding photographer. A guest (Emma-Jane) photo bombed the cermony! But it was an incredibly sweet photo bomb so we will let it slide - can you spot her in the photos below? <3
After the ceremony, we headed towards the gardens to take some chilled-out group photos and capture the confetti line. I had to work quickly to make sure we could get the most from the fading sunlight. Meanwhile, drinks were being prepared for the guests arrival into the reception. Heartily, the guests cheered when Emma announced the drinks were ready and promptly made their way back to the hall. From this moment, I focused on capturing expressive interactions between the party members as well as grabbing some shots of the newlyweds together. I also wanted to capture details of the tables and other decorations along with details of items belonging to the guests - I think these photos tell so much about the day. For example, high heels taken off and put to one side due to tired feet. Oh, and they had a Ferrero Rocher sculpture… I definitely had to take a photo of that (whilst desperately trying not to stuff my face!)! ;)
Dinner time! The guests enthusiastically made their way to their seats. Emma asked everyone to stand up, put their napkins in one hand and swing it around as she announced the entrance of the Bride and Groom. The hall came alive. For a small wedding party, their cheers were impressive! Hunters Hall provided a delicious buffet and a trio of desserts for each guest. Following the meal were the speeches. I can honestly say, hand on heart, the speeches from this wedding were some of my favourite ever. They were touching, funny and made everyone feel like they could be a part of it. Kicking off the speeches, was Steve. He delivered a compassionate and comedic speech referring to his daughter, Tony and some of the guests. He provided everyone with a folder full of embarrassing and sweet photos of Nikita accompanied by a touching narrative. Following Steve, best man Andy’s speech brought guests to tears as he shared his appreciation for being chosen as Tony’s best man, remembering loved ones and providing advice for the newly weds. Tony’s speech followed, with help from daughter Maddison. Full of love, he expressed his gratefulness for the support from family and friends, whilst sharing anecdotes and his unconditional love for Nikita. Rounding up the speeches, Nikita’s speech brought everyone to tears; gratefulness, admiration and love for all who were present were featured throughout. With so many thoughtful and passionate speeches, it was a joy to capture everyone’s reactions from beginning to end.
After the speeches, it was time to unleash the epic balloon battles (which I joined in with in between each photo I took!), drink some teas and coffees and get ready for the first dance. It was an awesome day, full of truly special moments that are impossible to condense in to 20 photos (sitting here contemplating a part 2 for this blog post!), but alas here we are. There will be more photos from this wedding appearing across my website and on my social media (so keep them peepers peeled!).
Thank you to Nikita and Tony for choosing me to be your wedding photographer (does happy dance). I am so honoured that you chose me to capture the magic of your day. I will keep the memories from this day close to my heart. Always.
Dress: Hearts Brides - www.heartbrides.co.uk
Flowers: Groovy Ruby - www.groovyruby.co.uk
DJ: New Level Entertainment - www.newlevelentertainment.com