So where do I start with Francesca and her beautiful little family? I first photographed for them two years ago now when their gorgeous daughter Georgie was newborn. I then photographed Georgie for her first birthday and was then thrilled to be given the honour of photographing one of the biggest days of their lives- their wedding day. The day came round super fast and a few weeks before I met Francesca at their venue Sandburn Hall whilst they were hosting a beautiful wedding fayre. We had a good look around and planned every last detail of every photo, although it never quite works out that easy on the day!
The first thing I do on the morning of any wedding I photograph is peak outside to see if the weather is on our side. The autumn sun was beautiful! I headed over to the lodges where the bridal party were staying in at Griffon forest and it was just a dream. I've never photographed the bridal prep in such a perfect location. The sun was shining and we were surrounded by this beautiful forest.
As I got there the party was in full swing. The morning leading up to the ceremony is always chaos, but that good kind of chaos that gives you butterflies in your stomach and pumps adrenaline round your body. The Prosecco had been popped long before I got there, hair and make up was well under way and everyone was enjoying their morning. The time flew by and the perfect scenery made my job super easy.
The morning was filled with special and emotional moments between Francesca, her parents, bridesmaids and daughter. She'd put so much thought in to every detail from gifts for her bridesmaids to letters exchanged between herself and her groom and it really started the day off so perfectly. For a bride about to walk down the aisle she seemed super chilled and embraced the morning soaking up every moment to cherish once it was all over.
The time had come and it was finally time to make her way to the church to meet her soon to be husband. I've been longing to photograph a church wedding for awhile now and it did not disappoint. It was set in a quaint little village down the road from the cabins and along with the autumn sun it made for the perfect wedding scene. I met Joe at the church who also seemed to be very calm, although I'm not sure if he felt like that on the inside! The guests took their seats and soon after the beautiful bride arrived.
I can't help but always get a bit emotional myself when I see a bride walking down the aisle to her future husband and this was no exception. Two people completely in love about to say their I do's in the eyes of god, I mean who wouldn't get emotional ?! Francesca wowed the entire church and there was plenty of tearful eyes. The ceremony was perfect and the church was so picturesque, it was just a photographers playground. It came to an end and the gorgeous couple were officially husband and wife. Their guests congreated and helped me capture the best confetti shots.
From there we ventured back up to Griffon forest to get the first official shots of the bride and groom. I've always loved photographing in the woods bit this was the first time I'd been given the opportunity to do this during a wedding. I was completely in my element and the photos we managed to create are some of my favourite to date!
We then headed over to their amazing venue which was Sandburn Hall and the day soon flew in to full swing. The clocks had just turned back so I was eager to quickly get everyone outside to do some shots of the bridal party and the rest of the guests before the sun started to set and we lost the light. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to photograph in the beautiful gardens and the photos did not disapoint
The day ran so smoothly and I spent the rest of the day capturing the couple and their guests enjoying the stunning wedding party. The venue was just spectacular. Again Francesca had thought about every detail. The speeches were just as emotional as the ceremony, there wasn't a dry eye in the house and the room was filled with laughter.
As the sun was about to set I stole the couple one more time to get the last of It above the stunning grounds. There was so many perfect spots I could have been out there all day photographing but the light was against us and I think by this point Joe especially was sick of my camera being in his face! We got the shots we needed and headed back inside to enjoy the rest of the evening.
The drinks were flowing and the dance floor quickly filled up. There was all sorts of entertainment from a DIY photo booth to candy cart which both the kids and the adults made the most of. Everyone laughed and danced the night away. As well as a traditional first dance the bride and groom played a game of Mr & Mrs which had the entire party in stitches. I left not long after and left them to party the night away.
The entire day really was spectacular and I can't thank Francesca and Joe enough for giving me the opportunity the capture their day my way. I've always done wedding photography alongside everything else like maternity, newborn and family photography and it just makes days like this so much special. Seeing a family love and grow is absolutely everything and when I get asked to photograph one of the biggest days of their lives just really fills a place in my heart I didn't know I had. I'm sure it won't be long until I see you both again for more photos with your precious daughter but until then, thanks for having me capture all those super special and important life moments.