I met Sally & Andy for the first time about a week before their wedding. Which is cutting it fine even for me. I normally meet couples months before the wedding, if not even before they book me! But when a laid back couple chooses a laid back wedding photographer, that’s kinda what happens. Needless to say, we got on like a house on fire and I had an absolute blast documenting their wedding.
Sally & Andy got married late December and were the last wedding of the year for me. I arrived at a foggy Wild Boar Hotel, and got straight to work. Sally & her bridesmaids were still unpacking and
organising things downstairs ready for the wedding breakfast. I don’t normally show many details from a wedding (and this post isn’t any different) but I think I’m going to have to do a separate post to show off the styling because it was absolutely beautiful. So watch out for that.
The morning was really good fun. Everyone was relaxed but excited – lots of banter, giggles, and a few bubbles always make for a great atmosphere. I’ve already said that Sally & Andy are quite laid back, but just to give you an idea… Sally was wrapping the bridesmaids’ presents and writing cards in front of them, but everyone was so busy getting ready and talking nobody noticed! Nikki from Bellissima Hair & Beauty was awesome, especially as she was feeling a little under the weather.
Andy text to say he was about to start getting ready, so I headed down the hall to his room… When you walk into the groom’s room and he’s blasting out Enter Shikari you know it’s gonna be a good wedding! I love it when everyone’s getting ready in one place, it makes it easy for me to cover both sides of the story. I think it’s pretty clear from the photos that Andy was a little nervous, but just the right amount.
After a beautiful ceremony we headed downstairs for reception drinks and then outside for some foggy group shots, along with a few of just Sally & Andy. The speeches (one of my favourite parts of the day) followed the wedding breakfast… and didn’t disappoint! There were emotional moments, sentimental stories, funny memories and a few embarrassing tales from Andy’s past. Sally felt compelled to say a few words at the end too – something she hadn’t planned on but often the spontaneous words are the most heartfelt.
A beautiful first dance was followed by an epic evening party… Now, I like my food. So believe me when I say this was some of the best evening food I’ve ever had at a wedding. Pizza Peddlers & We Are Lollapalooza absolutely smashed it. So if you’re looking for evening food, I can highly recommend both of these companies. The pizzas were divine and the Staffordshire Oat Cakes* (something I’ve not had since I was a kid staying with my Aunty & Uncle in Stoke-On-Trent) were perfect. There was plenty of laughs, crazy dancing and crowd surfing!
So yeah, there we have it. An all-round perfect wedding. I suppose all that’s left is for me to explain the video up top. It’s something new that I’ve been working on for a while now. It’s basically a silent, black & white, stop-motion film of your wedding – well, not your wedding, Sally & Andy’s wedding… But it could be yours 😉 . If you want to know more or see the full version, check out the Silent Wedding Movies section of my website.
*Lollapalooza do Crepes too 😉
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