Got this message on my Facebook page last Friday afternoon (7/7/17), from another wedding photographer, who to say the least was in a huge flap.
"Can you do a wedding tomorrow? I've totally knackered my elbow today and haven't even got the strength in it to hold my camera ! I'm flapping like hell , it's Pentre Mawr Country House! Massive favour/help needed here!"
Not wanting to let him or the couple down, I said "Yes, of course!" Having all the details, I drove to the venue later that evening, a) to meet the couple, Nick & Georgie who'd had been made aware that their original photographer wasn't able to attend and b) to do quick recce' so I wasn't meeting the couple/looking for photo locations on the actual day.
It was pouring with rain on my journey there and drizzling whilst I was there and being shown around the venue by Nick. I was keeping my fingers (and everything else) crossed for fine weather the next day.
I needn't have worried as the forecast was good and when I arrived at 10:30 the next morning, there were blue skies all the way and glorious sunshine.
I started off with the usual bridal prep shots, photos of the venue, table set up, cake, ceremony room etc. The bridal entrance though was very different to what I was used to. Georgie rode a Shire horse from the hotel building to the entrance to the ceremony room, she looked stunning!
Usual photos of the ceremony, signing the register, group shots etc., was followed by a 1950's style afternoon tea, even the cake was in the shape of a teapot along with an edible cup and saucer, certainly different and a nice touch, I thought.
Time for a break while they ate and a quick check through my images so far then it was the speeches followed by a 1950's style funfair, hook a duck, coconut shy, tin can alley, even a candy floss stall.
During this fun time, I got talking to a couple getting married in Madrid in June 2018 and hopefully, they will be booking my services for their wedding - here's hoping. So, if you're reading this, Jemma & George...........!
After the first dance, it was time for me to leave and let the couple and their guests enjoy the rest of the day. I'd like to close this blog by thanking Nick & Georgie for having me there to record their special day. You and your guests made me feel very welcome. I just had to laugh how Michael (Georgie's brother) related how him and I first met...... a true story, or is it?