I do love a home wedding. They come in all shapes and sizes, and this year in particular has seen a real boom in for obvious reasons. Whether they’re smaller in number and the reception is in the house itself, or it’s a big blow-out party in a marquee, there’s always a common theme. This is OUR turf. In other words, people tend to let their hair down just that little bit more as there’s no venue manager ready to escort you to the naughty step.
Alice and Rob’s wedding took place at her parents’ family home, and straight away David Cliff (who was second shooting with me) and I felt right at home. As is often the way, time flew by and before you knew it, guests were starting to congregate in the marquee before taking their seats for the ceremony. I have a particular soft spot for humanist celebrant led ceremonies, as my wife and I were married by a humanist ourselves. But that was many moons ago, and at that point my friends and family thought I was just into some bizarre cult whenever I mentioned the ‘H’ word.
After the ceremony, the canapes and celebratory glasses of bubbly did the rounds. As I’ve mentioned this year (on more than one occasion), this sort of get together is what so many people have been looking forward to for so long. Being with the ones we love, if ever taken for granted before, is something we’ve hopefully put greater value on over the last year and a half.
A while later dinner was served, and at an opportune moment in between courses, David and I took Alice and Rob for a short stroll and some photos. When we headed back in, it was time to set up for THAT moment, the speeches. It should probably go without saying, but this is always one of my favourite moments to photograph. Sometimes, your shots at this time can be driven by light and/or composition, but above all, it’s all about human emotion and reaction.
After dinner, speeches, and a bouquet toss that could have gone south really fast (but didn’t), it was time for the First Dance and the band to belt out some classics for the party that followed. This is another favourite part of a wedding to photograph, but I guess you’ll probably see that when you scroll down…
A huge congratulations to Alice and Rob, and thanks for having David and me there to shoot it, it was a blast!