Wantisden Valley wedding photography
Wantisden Valley wedding photography for Laura and Sebastiano was this week’s treat. I started the day with Laura and her bridesmaids as she got ready at home. The atmosphere was full of fun, love and….. steam, which was caused by the bridesmaid’s dresses having a final spruce up.
As a documentary photographer, this is one of my favourite parts of the day. It is largely unscripted and, usually very relaxed. It gives me a chance to get to know the bridesmaids and brides parents better. Often, during this part of the day, I have time for a bit of experimentation with the pictures too.
I left the girls and headed into Woodbridge where the ceremony was taking place in St Thomas’ church. Unusually, the Victorian built church opens straight out onto a one way street. Guests started to arrive and congregate in the blazing sunshine. I became aware of the unmistakable burble of a VW engine. Shortly after the bridesmaids arrived in a beautifully restored VW camper van.
A lot of Seb’s family had travelled over from Australia for the wedding. Such is the way with the laid back ” Ozzie” approach to things, Seb and the boys arrived at church only a few moments before Laura arrived. The wedding ceremony included a communion service and it was great to see Seb’s Italian mother play an important role in this part of the proceedings. I personally found the occasion extremely moving as the love and sense of ” Family” was clearly apparent.
Following the service and wedding ceremony, the joy and happiness continued in the street outside church before guest began to make their way to the reception at Wantisden Valley a few miles away. I saw Laura & Seb off before following the bug to continue my Wantisden Valley wedding photography. However we stopped off for a few moments along the driveway to the reception for a few “coupley” pictures before joining the guests for a relaxed afternoon in the sunshine.
Some of Seb’s relatives acted as M.C.’s for the day and provided some very entertaining musical interludes. There was a ” grand entrance” by each of the bridesmaids accompanied by an usher or best man before Laura and Seb made their way into the dining room for the wedding breakfast.
After some quite hilarious speeches, guests were treated to watching Laura and Seb play the “Shoe Game”. This, it seems, is an Australian version of Mr & Mrs. It was, however, very funny to watch!
Back outside, and it was time for the bouquet throw. I can, however, understand why this tradition is not followed so much these days. Often the bouquets are works of art which really shouldn’t be tossed around. However, it is a fun part of a wedding day and makes for great story telling images. I won’t let on that we had two sets of images from this particular bouquet toss, as Laura completely missed the crowd of girls with her first attempt………..
Back inside and it was time for first dance. I was completely taken by surprise as, halfway through the dance, guests poured onto the dancefloor and wrapped the couple in streamers. I had never encountered this before however it turns out that this is a throwback to Seb’s Italian heritage.
First dance over and the band struck up for a great evening of dancing. This was truly one to remember.
We can’t thank you enough for your guidance, patience and super talent! We all love the photos and think they truly capture the story of the day. Thank you ever so much, we would recommend you highly to others. Seb & Laura.
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