‘Thanks again for the amazing photographs of our day. We have been overwhelmed by how awesome they are.’
October weddings. Windswept, chilly, wet, not much light. Any of those factors is usually enough to drive everyone indoors with photographer bringing up the rear. Good thing then that Kes and Marisa’s October Botleys Mansion wedding seemed to have skipped the briefing, because it was just a stunning day and a wedding photographer’s dream to be a part of. Put it this way, if the couple are driving away from church with the top down in October then something’s not adding up.
For Kes and his friends, the day started at Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge which was captured by my second photographer for the day, Andrew Miles. Meanwhile at Marisa’s family home, it was all hands to the pump. It’s funny because I’m regularly greeted at the door with a ‘sorry but it’s all going off in here’, or something to that degree, but I just love it. Absolutely love it. So many faces, such a mix of emotion, and if kids are charging round with the occasional pit-stop at the buffet table, then that’s just the cherry on the cake…
So after the dress was expertly fitted by the team, it was off to St Erconwald’s Catholic church in Walton on Thames, not far from the family home. At the risk of going Full-Geek, the light here was exceptional, and it only added to the drama and high running emotions as Marisa and her father walked the aisle towards Kes. The ceremony itself was poignant and emotional, and it was a privilege to be witness to it.
Once the ceremony was complete, Kes and Marisa put the top down and headed for Botleys Mansion and their guests joined them shortly afterwards. A nice chance to grab a glass of bubbles and take it all in before getting hit with two hundred guests…
When reception was coming to a close and the guests were invited to take their seats for dinner, Marisa and Kes went for a stroll along with a couple of togs eager to make good use of the nearly setting sun.
Speeches followed dinner, and they were as heartfelt, eloquent, and funny as were all expecting them to be. It was the perfect way to round things off before heading upstairs for a coffee and a bit of photo-boothing (yes, that’s officially a word now) whilst the dining room was turned around for the party. And no Italian (or half-Italian) wedding is complete without trying to completely cover the couple with streamers and party poppers. Just a great way to start the evening’s celebrations.
Congratulations Kes and Marisa, you’re just the loveliest of couples and you just nailed this wedding.