Michael and Rachel’s wedding is a story of 2 young people, who met in the local church’s Youth Group, dated for 10 years and then got married in the same church where they met.
16th August 2014 Service - Shefford Baptist Chapel, , Shefford, Bedfordshire Reception - South Farm, Shingay-cum-Wendy, Hertfordshire
This was another wedding that required impeccable timing and fair few miles to cover the day, which started in the delightfully – if oddly – named Shingay-cum-wendy. South farm is a beautiful venue set in the rolling Hertfordshire Countryside not far from Royston, and is old farming cottage which has been expanded to form a dedicated wedding venue. My day started early since I knew time was going to be tight later in the day. I arrived at South Farm around 10:30 and having taken some shots of the bridesmaids having their hair and make-up done, I then moved outside to take some scene setting shots of the venue and the barn where the reception was to be held later in the day. Once those were complete the wedding car a 1928 Citroen (I believe) had arrived and I was able to spent a little time taking shots of the car while I waited for the bride to be ready for me.
Once I had the go ahead from the bride I quickly set to work on capturing the detail shots, including bride’s shoes, bouquet and jewellery and of course the detail of the dress. I was particularly keen to get some detail shots of the cake, since I knew that Rachel had made the cake, including all of the iced decorations herself.
A few minutes later Rachel slipped into her dress and I was able to take a few more of the “getting ready” shots. I was particularly pleased with this shot showing Rachel putting on her shoes which I thought looked fantastic in black and white. I was also able to take a few shots with Becky (Rachel’s mum) helping to do the laces up on her daughter’s wedding dress, before catching a few moments with Rachel and her dad who was to give her away. The “lacing” shot is another of the classics I like to include in every wedding, simply because I feel it shows the special relationship between mother and daughter on her special day.
Once the “before” shots were complete it was off into the car for the 20 minute drive to Shefford for the service itself. At this point things were already running behind schedule and the groom had been given strict instructions to stay in the church so we agreed to take the groom and best men shots after the wedding at the reception. A short while later the vintage Citroen turned up and the service began.
We always knew this would be a well attended wedding, but the small church didn’t lend itself to the traditional group shots, so other than a few shots of the new Mr and Mrs Young, we relatively quickly left for the reception.
Once back at South Farm I then started on a series of formal and informal groups and portraits. I understand that every wedding photographer at South Farm is asked to the “from the little bedroom window” shot, and I was no exception. This first floor window gives a great vantage point for taking pictures of the group as a whole but crowd control from 20 feet in the air, leaning out a small window is definitely a challenge, worth while though…
After the last of the group shots the party then moved onto into the Barn for the wedding breakfast, where the bride and groom surprised everyone with their choreographed first dance!