‘Oh Richard you wonderfully clever and talented man (and Ben of course)! We have been eagerly awaiting this email. You have captured our day perfectly – thank you so so much. I cannot wait to see the rest!!’
It was great to be back in Buckinghamshire for Nikki and Daren’s Notley Abbey Wedding, an amazing day with some awesome people to photograph! It was one of those days when the forecast is intentionally vague. Was it going to pour down at just the wrong moment or were we going to get an early taste of the Summer? Either way, the registrars made the call to perform the ceremony inside rather than in the garden just to be safe. However the backdrop to the exchanging of the vows was all the more atmospheric for it.
Nikki started her day at Notley Abbey by getting ready with her Bridesmaids and her daughter in the Bridal Suite upstairs. Time has a habit of flying by on a wedding day, and sure enough Nikki and her entourage were ready before you knew it. The ceremony itself was extremely emotional and it was a joy to photograph (not least when little Ava decided to join in on more than one occasion).
Apart from a shower than lasted the length of time it took for everyone to rush inside, reception was perfect and mostly outside (!). After friends had a chance to catch up and the happiest of couples had been congratulated, it was time to head inside. Another series of emotional moments to photograph during the speeches and it’s times like this that act as a constant reminder as to why I love my job so much.
Next came the first dance/the removal of heels (Bride not Groom)/getting down on the dance floor for a proper party. The wedding party didn’t disappoint and it was the perfect end to an amazing day.
Congratulations to Nikki and Daren…and Ava of course!
Thank you to Ben Renshaw for second shooting on the day, looking forward to shooting many more with him!
Notley Abbey Wedding Photographer – Richard Galloway