My very good friends Dave & Erica (owners of website company PramComparison) are friends with Lucy and Darren. Darren runs an architecture and graphic design company called Design On Toast, he's the little whizz kid who produced my company's logo.
Lucy's younger sister is Sally, the bride. We met just a little over year ago in their flat in Wolverhampton - a very cool pad with some great artwork hanging up on their wall :). They were actually on their way out of Wolves to move into London. Soooooo, check this - Sally and Gaz were living, studying and working in London - their family lives in the Midlands AND their wedding is held in the South West of England. Talk about hard work!
I met with the couple a month before their big day in a cafe just off Soho, London. Both looked absolutely knackered but excited about their wedding. For them it has been 100% commitment to make sure that their day will be exactly how it was drawn on their scrapbook.
Little did they know, the wedding was near enough described as a "Perfect Day" - the weather, the location, the food, the decorations and I have never laughed so much during the speeches.
There was a lot of hard work which went into decorating the marquee. I will be doing a special blog post about it later on next week as the bride has agreed to tell me all about it. How she came up with the idea, the story behind the underpants and the one where I was most impressed with was The Well Wishers Tree - where the guests write on the back of the name card and tie it round the tree.
Gareth's "I'm The Champion of The World" Entrance
The food in Parley Manor was superb. 2 weeks before this shoot, I was here attending my best friend's wedding and afterwards I couldn't stop talking about their 2 minutes steak. It's the only place where I can imagine myself doing a grab and run raid on meat!
Whilst all the guest were tucking into the food. I took Sal and Gaz for a photo shoot around the grounds of Parley Manor. Sometimes I am a reluctant about doing the session very close to the speeches because the groom tend to be nervous and stiff as his mind is elsewhere. However, Mr.Cool here was as Relaxed as Frankie says he should.
Red socks on behalf of Sally's grandfather. The groom, best man, ushers, father of the bride and groom were all wearing them. Nice touch. The father of the bride ALWAYS have a fry up for breakfast - now that is life!
One of S&G's friends gets a surprise Happy Birthday sing-a-long during the speech.
What happens when your new son-in-law tells the whole room about the time he walked in on his mother-in-law naked....twice?!
Or how embarrassed Sally was when Gaz read out love letters from 15 years ago. Mother and daughter's reaction were too similar...
After a quick break, we went straight into the cake cutting then PARTAYYYY! Please take extra note on the background lighting during the dancing, its one of the best I've ever had during a party shoot. Shaun at Brighter Productions did an excellent job bringing life around the grounds with his lights and he asked me a few weeks before whether I had any special request. I told him "give me colours reflecting onto the marquee around the dance floor" - the boy delivered!
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Many thanks to S&G and their Friends & Family.