Simply a stunning day despite the rain attempts… Oh and there was certainly a few heavy showers. Despite that, the sun did shine when it was needed the most, and Wentworth Castle made from some contemporary photography all day and night.
From the very start of the day the rain was trying to break through, with short sharp showers covering the view from the bride’s location.
Looking over the rolling countryside, the bride and groom prepared for their big day ahead surrounded by close friends and family. For me, it was a morning with the bride and her delightful family. With a stunning wedding dress to capture, along with her family heirloom ring and jewellery, I was spoilt for choice. It wasn’t however, before the preparations were complete and it was time for the short journey to the church. I say short, I jogged it in about 90 seconds! But as the groom and the gents has been delivered to the church, then the bride was to follow, on a vintage double decker bus, and it was a good job as well. We had no sooner stepped out of the house the skys opened up, a deluge of rain soon saw the road turn to what can only be described as a white water rapid.
Unperturbed and armed with a numerous umbrellas, we were all soon inside the church, with the ceremony in full swing. As I stood at the front capturing the couple, I could feel the warmth between them. Through the camera lens I saw those oh so noticeable, yet fleeting glances as they exchanged their vows.
As the ceremony drew to a close, and the registry was signed, accompanied by a beautiful flute rendition from a family member, the couple was soon back outside into the ever warming sun. A quick hop on the bus, and the bride and groom along with many of their guests, were whisked away to the grand and stunning Wentworth Castle.
With a drinks reception in the bright and open orangery, the guests enjoyed a glass or two, avoided yet more showers, before the handful of family and friends photographs. All of the guests had fun, as the banter flowed and the shots where completed with in a few minutes. This left the guests to enjoy some more champagne, as the couple were driven around the gardens by a photographer (me) in a golf buggy, allowing us to really utilise the vibrant and rustic gardens of Wentworth.
After a few shots with the couple, we returned to the guests, who had now made their way to the log barn. With some of the most tasty food I’ve had in a while, the guests relaxed and chatted. With a few more glasses emptied, the speeches began… And the butt of the jokes, much to his delight, was the groom.
With barrels of tears and laughter enjoyed from the speeches, the afternoon rolled into the evening, with a great opportunity for us to get some sunset shots with the couple in the gardens, taking but 10 minutes from their day.
For me, this was a great wedding, I loved documenting this couple’s day, with a welcoming list of friends and family. I walked away with a big smile, as I always seem to do at Wentworth.
As for the couple, their long day was completed dancing the night away and enjoying some locally brewed ales. What a perfect day, despite the traditional British weather attempting to spoil it. Looking at the couple as we left, I’m not sure any amount of bad weather could have actually cast a shadow on their wedding day.
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