On a quite warm, but not overly hot Sunday earlier this month, I had the great pleasure to photograph Lisa & Gregg's big day at the Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Herts.
Aside from the beautiful rural surroundings, the venue (a 17th century barn) provided a perfect backdrop to a wonderful day. Also; Lisa is from South Africa, and Gregg from Zimbabwe, with the guests flying in from as far away as USA - ensuring a truly multi-national mix of people.
This wedding started off in an unusual manner for me as I was to photograph the groom's preparations as well as a the bride's - normally it's just the bride who has photographs taken at this time, but I found it refreshing to shoot both. We had to be quick with Gregg though, as he was using the same room as Lisa was going to, and her arrival was imminent!
There was also a very touching moment when Gregg opened a letter (with attached gift) from Lisa. I didn't see the note, but whatever it said was clear by the look on Gregg's face that it meant an awful lot. Good thing the best man was on hand with a box of tissues!
Gregg and Lisa are very much in love, and this was obvious whilst watching the ceremony. Shooting is so easy when two people like these are clearly devoted to each other. Aside from the vows, prayers, and exchange of rings there were also lovely readings and an acoustic performance with Lisa's sister on vocals.
The groups afterwards were organised quickly (great people to work with!), with canapés being handed round as guests moved about. This lead to my first ever taste of biltong, a favourite snack of a lot of the wedding party. Wasn't bad, and even less scary than "beef tongue" (as I thought I heard it called) sounds!
So much went on at the wedding breakfast and reception I couldn't possibly hope to recount it all here. Aside from heartfelt speeches and a fantastic meal (which the videographer and I got to sit down and eat too, thanks guys, it does mean a lot. [Could anyone tell me the name of the company he works for?] ), there was lively dancing, games on the lawn, bouquet throwing, bride's garter throwing (certainly not seen that before!) and much much more. The party went on late into the night and I hope Lisa & Gregg enjoyed every minute of it.