Where do I begin with this beautiful wedding? Well, at the start maybe? I met Val & Brian whilst I was living in my house share at the beginning of 2018. They were part of the furniture at the house and I would sometimes head home to Brian playing the guitar in the kitchen. One song in particular that I remember is “I won’t back down” by Tom Petty.
Anyway, without me rambling, they asked me to be their wedding photographer! What a blooming treat. We had a cup of tea and chat about their day and let me know their venue – the amazing Wasing Park in Reading. I googled the venue (of course) and was blown away at how stunning it was. Plus, it had a church on site, how special is that?
The 9th October 2018 came around blooming quickly. The weather was glorious! My grandad used to say that word a lot so it is possibly one of my favourites “glorious”. It was probably one of the most bizarre days for me as the Groom preparations were happening in my house… so waking up to the Groom having brekkies was pretty strange and rather comical. I left the lads to it and headed off to Wasing Park to meet Val and her girls. They were getting ready in such a spacious and airy room. I get super excited when the lighting is on point in venues as it seriously helps with photography.
Once the girls had their hair and makeup prepped, we headed upstairs to the bridal suite which had the BIGGEST bed I have ever seen. I am sure 8 people could fit in there? Maybe more. Well… what a gorgeous suite to do some photos in. Val’s Dad came up the stairs are greeted her ready to walk her down the aisle. I did have to giggle as she adjusted his tie making sure he looked perfect.
The ceremony was held in the small church on site. Brian’s face, as she walked down the aisle, was a treat… oh and he was cleanly shaven. He hadn’t been clean shaved for a while! With a beautiful, intimate ceremony complete, they were greeted by their guests with confetti and excited faces! I think the photos say it all.
Following the traditional ceremony, the family then conducted the receiving of the bread ceremony just outside of the garden room. The guests were treated to canapés and drinks whilst the group shots were taken, the chaps were in uniform so I am under strict instructions to not show these images off but I can assure you they are AWESOME. Imagine knights in shining armour surrounded by girls in beautiful dresses… got that image in your head? That is exactly how the group shots looked. THEN imagine a group of strong women in their bridesmaids dresses holding up the groom… yep! That happened too.
The boys headed off to get changed into their suits and I borrowed the girlies to do some gorgeous shots of them together. Family shots followed then the guests were called through for the wedding breakfast. I think you will agree that the breakfast room is pretty stunning.
Speeches had me in stitches… there were a lot of heads being held in hands during the father of the bride speech. The favours were super cute – little chests and I still adore the table decorations. The centrepieces were simple yet stunning.
I stole Val & Brian for their couples shoot after the speeches. This is always a welcome time for the Bride & Groom to just be “them”. It’s a time for them to talk through the day and take in everything that has happened so far. It was a right giggle photographing these two, particularly after a couple of glasses of Champagne at the wedding breakfast.
It was then time for the party to stay and BOY what a party. At one point, there was even a cat at the party? I mean, what kind of wedding party has a cat rock up and join in? It was blooming awesome.
Thank you, Brian & Val, for letting me capture your wedding and allowing me to celebrate your day with you!