Wednesday, 21 July 2010
So this is going to be a toughy... how to condense such an amazing wedding into a few words!? Well I guess I'll just have to ramble on and on, apologies in advance...
Loading up the car at Lisa's house was hilarious - it was like we'd packed for a week!! But all essential items... over night bags CHECK, cameras, tripod, memory cards CHECK... 3 rolls of fabric, 10 moustaches, several hats, glasses and wigs CHECK! It was going to be a fun one :) The journey was smoother than ever, unbelievable seeing as we were traveling further than usual - seemingly we're quite good at navigating long distances! As we rolled into the beautiful countryside of The Cotswolds I watched in horror as my network dropped further and further with every mile... NO SERVICE - EEEK! Upon arrival at Barnsley House me and Lisa were truly taken aback - it was the most gorgeous venue ever, a stunning country house set in the prettiest countryside. It was then we learned Olivia and Mark were planning on 2 outdoor ceremonies, the wedding itself and a tea ceremony later in the day and we started to get a little anxious about the weather. And we were right to, we awoke the next morning to torrential rain! But, as if by magic when the time came to head outside the sun shone! It was an amazing ceremony under the trees, with lanterns hanging down and fabulous live string music playing.
Next it was time for group pics and portraits which Lisa attended to whilst I shot the dining room. The detail of which was incredible - they'd really thought of everything, including cute little favours of jars of jam with "Mark and Olivia" on, real vintage looking table numbers and wild flowers piled into milk bottles... so pretty! They'd even had badges made with old-fashioned silhouettes, crowns and their names on, a lovely touch along with a vintage type-writer for the guests to leave messages for them on.
The weather just about held out for the tea ceremony with only a few spots of rain felt and then everyone piled inside for the cake cutting and party! It was time for me and Lisa to put our fabric and props to good use, we headed to one of the small rooms off the dining room and set up our photobooth. It proved to be an enormous success! Mark and Olivia's friends were a great bunch and really up for getting stuck in and dressing up, it was slightly chaotic at one point with feather boas and moustaches flying everywhere but it was so much fun - everyone had a right giggle, including me and Lisa!
We left thoroughly exhausted but it had been an amazing day, Olivia and Mark were the sweetest couple ever and we were so happy to have been a part of it. After a heavy kip and a hearty breakfast we left the rolling hills and headed back to our city, me with tired and pollen ridden red eyes and Lisa with classic "photographer's twitchy eye"!
Lisa has managed to plough through the 3,000 photographs we took and blog it already... here it is.