It is the greatest compliment when a fellow photographer gets in touch to ask you to photograph their wedding – Phil is an awesome photographer and a lot of their guests kept telling me how I must be a really good photographer if he had chosen me to do the job on their big day! No pressure there then! Eeek! I was more than nervous when I delivered the photos to them but as you can see from my testimonials section… They seemed happy. :)
So where to begin telling you about this wedding… Justine and Phil know how to throw an awesome party! Their wedding was relaxed, beautifully stylish and SO much fun. I know from experience that as a photographer, you get to see a lot of weddings which gives you an idea of how you might want your own wedding to be like. I’m sure this influenced Justine and Phil to organise their wedding in a way that ensured everyone had a brilliant time. It was super laid back, they had a lovely simple ceremony at Shaw House in Newbury and their reception venue was a gorgeous barn in the middle of the Berkshire countryside. Justine went to so so much effort to hand craft lots of wonderful details around the venue – with a literary theme on the tables, hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling, lots of quirky paper decorations all over the place, and her very clever sister made a beautiful pastel coloured cake. The bridesmaids also all wore pastel shades which looked amazing! And Justine had not one beautiful dress but two – both elegant, stylish and with a retro twist.
Highlights for me include the amazing speeches which they held outdoors – all of their guests sat around on hay bales to listen to the hilarious and poignant anecdotes. Another of my favourite things about this wedding was the music – two incredible bands (The Bevin Boys and The Jukebox Jets) which insured that dancing was a key part of the day. I love taking photos of people letting their hair down on the dance floor! And finally… One of their groomsmen recited the words to Elvis Presley’s Burning Love during their ceremony – which I think is the best thing I have ever heard a wedding. EVER.