The thing I love so much about weddings is all the ‘firsts’ the first time the Father of the bride sees her in her dress, the first time the groom sees his wife to be walking up the aisle, first kisses as husband and wife, first dance, every wedding really is so unique and always a ‘first’ for me.
Suze and Adam’s Hylands House wedding was really special, held at the grand Chelmsford estate, we begin with Suze, her mum and her bridesmaids getting ready in the light and airy bridal suite, everyone was so composed and calm, Suze’s dress was hung ready and waiting, red bridesmaid shoes littered the floor and at the centre of the calm was our beautiful Suze having her make up and hair expertly managed by Jenny, whilst she attended to Suze and her maids I trotted about the venue shooting the details, which included mix CDs as favours for every single guest AND themed tables ranging from Rivendell to Hogwarts!! And scouting locations for couples shots, on my way I bumped into Adam our groom, stylish, composed, with just a hint of nerves and some early guests greeting one another with smiles and embraces.
Hylands House have their own pianist who was tinkling the ivories whilst I walked about, the sun had decided to make an appearance and the day was getting off to a lovely start! Soon enough bums were on seats, the flowers had been delivered, Suze was in her dress and COMING DOWN THE STAIRS!!
After her bridesmaids four, Suze walked in, arm in arm with her Father, up the aisle to meet Adam she glided up to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, it was so moving and the service was beautiful with a heartfelt reading from Jade and laughs and smiles aplenty, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, rings exchanged kisses were planted and thus they were married….YIPPEE!!
With everything being in the same location, the guests had the chance to move about at their leisure as the wedding breakfast was being prepared, an afternoon tea had been laid on, including some DELICIOUS (I know because I stole some) Baklava made by Suze’s mummy’s own fair hand. Whilst everyone nommed their noms I got to sit on the terrace and enjoy the view, which, might I add was RESPLENDENT.
Wedding breakfast and speeches over and it was time to PARTY! More guests arrived as the DJ set up to rock the casbah, we managed to sneak a few more couples shots in the waning sunlight before moving onto MY last ‘first’ …. the first dance. Which I always LOVE!! I sloped off into the sunset, leaving the wedding party throwing all kind of shapes!
Thank you Suze and Adam, for allowing me to be a part of your special day, it was an honour and a pleasure.