I met Jane through business networking a few years ago, so was really pleased to be asked to photograph her wedding to Stewart in August this year. In the lead up to a wedding I always get to know the bride and groom, which is important for me to be able to photograph their day properly. Although I knew Jane, I had not met Stewart before, and it was great to get to know them as a couple.
It was at held at the stunning Ettington Park Hotel in Warwickshire, and the weather was perfect, so we were able to enjoy the grounds as well as the venue itself. I was there earlier as usual to capture the story of the day from the beginning, before the civil ceremony in the Library. Ettington also has a chapel in the grounds and so we all went over for a blessing after the civil ceremony. The afternoon was a relaxed affair, with drinks and canapes on the lawn before going up for the wedding breakfast. The speeches were particularly emotional, and they are always a good way for the whole wedding party to get to know that little bit more about the couple. With the longer days at this time of year there were drinks out on the terrace afterwards, with an excellent close-up magician baffling the guests, followed by the first dance and evening party upstairs.