Bank holiday weekend was a busy one for me with 2 fabulous weddings at 2 incredible (although very different) venues!
First up was James and Laura who got married at the beautiful Hockering Church followed by their reception in a tipi at the stunning Chaucer Barn.
This was my second time at Chaucer this year and the weather couldn’t really have been more different… my last wedding was pretty much rain most of the day but for James and Laura’s I arrived early to big blue skies!
The girls were having a lovely time getting ready together in the rustic old end of the barn. Its rare one of my sneak peeks is a getting ready shot but I adored the image below of Laura getting in to her dress in the flint bedroom… a moment of quiet filled with nerves and excitement as she was helped into the most important dress she will ever wear. Laura works outdoors so rarely gets ‘glammed up’ and this really was her chance to feel rather ‘girly’ for the day!
Arriving at the church the boys were directing guests to their seats but there was no sign of James. I asked his best man who said James was still in the pub… I thought he was joking but nope, James really was still in the pub!
Although James hates lateness Laura used her bride’s prerogative (and a little misdirection by the campervan driver) and arrived a little late… I think James forgave her though as she looked totally incredible.
After a beautiful service and their group shots at the church we headed back to the barn for a relaxed afternoon of drinks and sweet canapés in the gardens before the guests were seated in the tipi’s for a yummy afternoon tea.
Sadly James lost his Dad just a couple of weeks before the wedding so even I teared up as James raised a glass to his Dad but we all felt pretty sure that he was up their bringing the big blue skies and sunshine to make their day perfect.
We finished with a few golden hour shots, one of my all time favourite silhouette shots (below!) and a rather full dance floor!
I have so many images I wanted to share from their day my first selection was actually 39 shots (eeeeek!) it took a while but I have got it down to my favourite 5… I hope you love them James and Laura!
Huge thanks to all their wonderful friends and family and to Emma for assisting me on the day.