It's almost a year since I photographed my first wedding and so I thought I'd finally write a blog about it! It was a real privilege to be entrusted to capture this special day, as I've known Rebecca for a couple of years and had really enjoyed seeing all her happy Facebook updates when she met Dan. They'd gone on all sorts of adventures together and upon completion of an Iron Man Triathlon, Dan had got down on one knee and popped the question! How he still had the energy I'll never know!
Fast forward a few months and Rebecca asked if I'd photograph her big day. She knew it would be my first one and I got to work researching the venue via many blogs just like this, written by other photographers about weddings at Middleton Lodge.
And what a gorgeous venue to shoot my first wedding at! Middleton Lodge is a Georgian Country House Retreat set in 200 acres of grounds, so plenty of opportunity for beautiful outdoor photos!
That said, there was a definite nip of wintry coldness still in the air and even a few flakes of snow whilst the bridal party made their final preparations, so an outside ceremony was not to be on this occasion!
Rebecca and her two bridesmaids (her daughters) got ready in the stunning bridal suite and I couldn't not share some of the details.
Fortunately, the interior did not disappoint and a beautiful ceremony was held in the Drawing Room. Some beautiful readings took place and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. I'm very fortunate that my husband is also a tab hand behind a camera and often second shoots the ceremonies and speeches with me - so that we can capture all the action from two different angles.
Ceremony over and the guests piled into the bar / snooker room whilst we took our hardy newlyweds into the grounds for their Bride & Groom photographs, but decided to complete the majority of the group shots indoors as it was just too cold.
Rebecca and Dan had already told me neither of them particularly liked having their photograph's taken, so we had agreed on a very relaxed approach to 'posed' photos and that I would mainly just snap away and catch them in their moments, looking all loved up and newly-married.
The Wedding breakfast was held in the stylishly decked out Marquee, complete with a fantastic cake topper modelled on the scene of Dan's proposal! During the Groom's speech, Dan revealed the wonderful news that he and Rebecca were expecting a baby! We captured some priceless expressions from the parents. Shock closely followed by sheer delight from the Mums, and the Dads looking a little dazed and confused!
It was the 1st April, which also happened to be Easter Sunday and this was a real family affair with Easter egg hunts for the kids, plenty of games and even a huge inflatable slide. Sadly, Rebecca and Dan only realised as they were halfway down the slide that a load of rain water had pooled in the bottom after an earlier sleet shower! Still, the slide was towelled down and loads of fun was had.
The day finished with a party in the Cellar Bar - funky music, glow sticks and plenty of props for the guests to have fun with. A wonderful day and I'm forever grateful to Rebecca and Dan for trusting me and taking the leap as my first ever Bride and Groom.
7 months later, little Reggie was born, and I had the privelege of capturing him at 3 weeks old too! :)