This year the wedding season came to an end with another local wedding; as I visited the St Francis of Assissi’s Church in Shefford and the Barns in Bedford to help a lovely couple, Guido and Sarah celebrate their wedding.
Normally for me wedding photography starts with the bride getting ready, however for Guido and Sarah’s wedding the photography started several weeks earlier.
As with all weddings I like to meet the couple at least a couple of times before the big day, so we combined our second meeting (where we go through the day in detail) with an engagement shoot at the nearby Wrest Park in Siloe. This was a great opportunity to get to spend time with the couple and to help them get used to having their photographs taken and to get used to the idea of posing and being posed. See those photographs here.
Come the morning of the wedding I journeyed to Sarah’s parents house to find the house calm, peaceful and surprisingly quiet. The bride, brides maids, and flower girls were still at the hair salon, so that gave me some time to start shooting the details including the brides maids dresses and shoes, and of course the all important dress shots.
Once everyone arrived back at the house I moved onto photographing Sarah’s jewellery, and the flowers before taking various shots as everyone got ready. With an early ceremony it was soon time to grab a shot of the wedding car outside the house before heading off into Shefford for the service.
Some local knowledge took me to a parking space just a few yards from the church. A timely arrival made it easy for me to catch-up with the Deacon who’d be performing the service so I could run through the details with him, and find out the best places to shoot from without getting in anyone’s way, or interrupting the service. The next job was of course to find the groom, get a few shots of his last minutes as a single man, including of course a couple of shots with the best man. Once Sarah arrived I was able to take a few shots of the bridal party as they assembled, before I nipped back into the church to claim my spot at the front.
St Francis’ was a lovely church and unlike many older buildings was light and airy which meant the no-flash rule didn’t cause any issues. During the readings I was able to get up into the balcony and take a few shots of the church and congregation, which helped add some variety to the shots.
Soon the service was over and it was time to move outside for the confetti and car shots, before heading off to the reception. Again local knowledge and pre-planing came to the fore, as I was able to take shots of the wedding car driving away, and yet arrive at the reception before the bride and groom.
On arrival at the Barns in Bedford there was a drinks reception and the opportunity to take some casual and candid shots of the guests before moving onto portraits and the formal group shots.
After the wedding breakfast the guests moved back into the bar while the reception room was turned around ready for the arrival of the evening guests. Once the room was ready Guido and Sarah were able to spring one of their little surprises….
… As the guests moved back to the main room they were all given sparklers and with the help of the Barns’ staff I organised the guests to form a sparkler lit walkway.
The final job of the evening was then to take some shots of the cake being cut before the first dance, as Guido and Sarah embark on their new life together.
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