After having a fantastically chilled engagement season with Rachel and Paul, I was even more excited than normal for their big day! Getting ready with Rachel, her friends and family were just the best – everyone was in such a beautifully sunny mood, and everyone had fantastic smiles! Laughter and love filled the house, along with some purrs from their beloved gorgeous cat Tabitha.
Everything on time, we drove the 5 minutes to their venue – the gorgeous Great Barn, Headstone Manor. The rain had threatened all morning and from then on it did rain on and off - sometimes super heavy sometimes very lightly - but that didn’t put anyone off! The ceremony was beautiful as we went through all the traditions and the Rabbi explained to the guests what each part meant, it brought everyone in, and with family and friends singing and playing instruments it was especially intimate. Once the glass was smashed the celebrations started – and didn’t end!
Speeches, prayers and poems resounded through the barn, which in reply had laughter, tears and singing. There were a lot of guests there but each one felt special. In between heavy showers we headed outside to quickly get a few formal shots before continuing the celebrations, we managed to jump into the marquee for some of the couple shots too! The party spirit was strong in everyone; the dancing was nothing short of epic - I’ve never been so tempted to drop the camera and join in!
The thing that really inspired me throughout the whole day was the array of colours – beautiful greens, reds, pinks, oranges, yellows and blues blended in perfectly together; the dresses and flowers matched the multi-coloured dotted stationery that her very talented sister designed specially – just stunning.
I left just after Rachel’s dad surprised everyone with a Billy Joel classic, such a moving moment! The whole day was full of love; I’m so honoured to have been able to capture it. I wish Rachel and Paul all the best in their future together – if their lives are anything like their wedding – it’s going to be one hell of a party!