It’s always a little intimidating to shoot a fellow photographer’s wedding, but it’s also a real honour. I was delighted when Steve – who used to be an aviation and wedding photographer – asked me to photograph his wedding, especially when he told me his and Caroline’s plans.
Caroline and Steve chose their wedding day very carefully – they got married exactly twelve years after they had their first date (which apparently came about because of a bet – clearly not all gambling leads to evil!). They arranged a small, intimate wedding, but that didn’t stop some thing going wrong (doesn’t something always at a wedding?!). On the morning of the wedding, the cake company called to let them know that their cake had just come out of the oven and was going to look lovely in a few days time. Cue a panicked couple informing the cake company that they needed the cake today and a panicked cake company pulling off some speedy and impressive icing to get the cake ready in time. Well, it was definitely fresh!
Caroline and Steve’s wedding was personal from the start. They married at Steve’s local church, where the vicar was a family friend. The result was an intimate ceremony that felt really special – like everyone was privileged to witness the wedding.
The reception was held at Tilnee Hall, where the casual, fun atmosphere was only increased by the smells of the dinner – a proper BBQ! – being cooked. Dinner itself was served in a candlelit room. Because there were so few guests they were all served at one long table, like the single big family they had just become.
Caroline and Steve had a late ceremony, which actually worked out really well for taking photos – we caught the golden hour as the sun set, which always leads to some (I think) wonderful shots.
I won’t say too much about the rest of the night, mostly because it consisted of one of the craziest photobooths I’ve ever shot. Steve’s sister had organised some props for the booth and after a few drinks they were put to use in some pretty R-rated photos that rest assured will not be on this blog!
Here are some of the photos I can display in public!