Wow. Just wow. What a brilliant wedding this was, with an international twist.
The day started at an apartment in the Royal Crescent in Bath. Annie was with her Mum and Grace (of gracekingsley.co.uk hair and makeup) in a grand Bath apartment, with classical music playing in the background, a very calm and sophisticated start to the day. This was my first time meeting Annie in person, and after a chat about mine and Grace's sat nav woes I got on with the shooting.
I walked away with some of my favourite preparations shots yet, where everything fell into place. The people, the environment and atmosphere all seemed to be captured in the images. It was then off to Priston Mill, as the name suggests an old mill house, in the Somerset countryside.
After a quick introduction and chat with the bridal party, Jon and his best man took their place at the end of the aisle, and who would want to miss such a great opportunity for a selfie? The room itself provided a lot of space for me to manoeuvre so I was able to capture Annie's entrance from the point of view of Jon. The room itself and the emotions on everyone's face encouraged some black and white edits.
As a wedding day goes on you have the chance to speak with guests and learn about the people attending. Annie's family are from Russia, some of whom travelled across for the wedding. It's always interesting to see what other wedding traditions are included when people travel from different countries. There was also an international theme to the day as Annie and Jon seemed to have had quite a few travel adventures before their wedding. There were postcards for people to sign and the table plans were named after countries. But best of all, their honeymoon would be year long trip around the world. Amazing.
While the guests mingled, among the lavender attracting all the bees in Somerset, we snuck away for some couple shots. With so much on offer we had cows, rivers and an adventure playground as backdrops.
The evening quickly came around and it was time for the first dance and disco. It didn't take long for everyone to jump on the dance floor and dance the night away. My job was done and I was off home, and after a hard day's work I really wanted to drive through Cheddar Gorge at 11 o'clock at night, stupid sat nav.
Congratulations Annie and Jon. A great day followed by what must be a unbeatable honeymoon.
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