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What happens when the Priest gets married? A beautiful celebration in Potters Bar • Documentary Wedding Photographer • Church Wedding

It’s very rare to be able to shoot a Priest’s wedding, even rarer to have been lucky enough to work alongside the same Priest at his cousin’s wedding a few years ago. Word of mouth is my biggest form of advertising and when family members of past Brides and Grooms come to me for their own wedding photography it always feels like an old friend and has a very special feel to it.

This feeling was added to on this wedding day, as it was the Priest himself getting married! This meant that the church service was absolutely packed! Friends, family and congregations from across multiple churches and communities came along to celebrate these two getting married. Good job his Church was a fabulous size!

The ceremony itself was absolutely beautiful, with everyone involved really giving it all their heart, the choir sang beautifully and moved the Groom to tears, which was just beautiful to watch. After the ceremony we went straight out and hid the newlyweds around the corner to do a few quick couple shots before heading back out of the doors to a fabulous confetti line, which was nice and quick to organise. It was fab to then follow them to a hotel on route to their reception where we could grab a few more intimate photos in the gardens away from the eyes of their guests.

 Leading into their reception they followed two Dhol drummers, which then led to a great dance off before the meal! This was a surprise for their guests and it went down like a storm – everyone loved it! The fun and games continued during speeches with the Mr and Mrs game - played with feta cheese for the Greek grooms side and rice for the Brides side! Mr and Mrs is always a fabulous way to get laughs and get the party going. It really was a beautiful day, filled with family and love; I wish them all the happiness in their future, and many more belly laughs together!

“Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.” - Matthew 19:6

Venue: Trent Park Country Club
Couple shots: West Lodge Park Hotel

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Love, Golf and Gryff • Buckinghamshire Wedding Photographer • Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer • Woburn Wedding Photographer •

Meeting Clare and John at our pre-wedding consultation I knew that we matched each other perfectly. They hated super posed and staged photographs and really wanted the natural moments of their day to be captured, blending perfectly with the documentary style I love.

Arriving in the morning, I love having a few hours before the ceremony to capture details and moments before the ‘rush’ starts. The ‘rush’ happens at every wedding, it’s when the time goes from a nice easy pace to suddenly an hour to go – after that, each time you look at the clock it’s another 15 minutes gone!

Heading to the Church, I got to meet Clare and John’s gorgeous child, their dog Gryff! He had a little neck scarf on with ‘best dog’ and he honestly lived up to that name. He didn’t make one noise during their ceremony, in fact, he looked on at them as they kissed and said their vows, it was the cutest thing! Another personal additional was that John’s father conducted the service and married them – this wedding certainly had all the feels!

Driving themselves to Woburn Golf Club, we found a back lit area for the family shots before heading upstairs for the speeches and meal. Clare and John had only close family and friends attend their meal, everyone sat around one big table and ate, drank, laughed and cried together. I absolutely loved the vibe this had; it made everyone so comfortable and really highlighted how much they meant to Clare and John.

As the evening guests started to arrive we were able to use John’s golf club connections to borrow two buggies and head onto the course to capture some beautiful golden hour couple shots. Leaving these shots until 7pm is normally quite late, but when the summer sun is as fierce as it was that day, 7pm becomes ideal – softer light, warm and flattering, and also less risk of sweating!

I absolutely loved capturing Clare and John’s day, it was a true depiction of love and family, and I hope that their future together continues being full of joy.

“It was always you.”

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Venue: Woburn Golf Club

Flowers: Forever Blossom Uk