Monday, 21 June 2010

Sarah and Paul, St Michael's Cropthorne and Springhill Barn. Wedding Photostory.

Time for another wedding photostory! And this one is very overdue! Sarah and Paul's wedding photo main site can be found here.

I've officially known Sarah since I was 9, however she was in a different class to me so had to remind me of this fact when we were reunited at 16! We know each other very well and have had many an emotional journey. Photographing her wedding was no exception and these images do not represent my best work but they do represent a wonderful, memorable day with a group of people I love dearly.

So, onto my story of the day.

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The day started at a hairdressers in Fladbury. The Cropthorne/Fladbury/Pershore area in Worcestershire is where Sarah's family come from and over the last couple of years we've been going there for girly weekends, so it felt very homely to be there.

Sarah was based at the hairdressers all morning. But the bridesmaids, once their hair was done, were getting their make up done by the amazing Hayley, another friend of Sarah's.

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Around lunchtime everyone was finally back at Sarah's parents house (walkable to the church) which has the most incredible views (which is why it makes great girly breaks!)

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Ella on the left is another of the group of four of us who were together at 6th form and still are now. And who's wedding was the first I ever photographed (as a pro).

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Here is Sarah and the view! And next up I went to join the men at the church. Sarah met Paul whilst she was in Leeds for University, but he originally comes from Manchester :)

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The biggest nightmare about this wedding was that the vicar would not allow any photography until after the ceremony, just the signing and leaving. So Sarah asked me to pop in and get some shots before anyone was there, particularly of the flowers.

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Just imagine if this shot had a ceremony going on the background- it would've been lovely :(

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I love this one of the bridesmaids whilst we awaited Sarah's arrival (which was delayed because one of the coach runs was late!)

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Doesn't she look lovely in that image? The next one was taken from my seat in the church where I wasn't taking any pictures ;)

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I did manage to restrain myself and waited until the signing and leaving as instructed!

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The ceremony was followed by some quick formals. Worth it for the beautiful church backdrop.

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Then we went onto the stunning reception venue, Springhill Barn, with it's own lake and everything!

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Get the couple shots out of the way first.

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Then the group shots took full advantage of the lake view.

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This next shot shows the two cakes. Two because Sarah currently works for a pork pie company (she's a food QA or something) so she had a pork pie cake, and a chocolate cake! Amazing. A slice of each was great by about 10pm!

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Speeches now and some great Sarah faces...

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And then obviously there was a cake each to cut.

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The first dance was choreographed.

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By now most of us, particularly me, were drunk, so I persuaded Sarah and Paul that they wanted to recreate their dance by the lake

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It was worth it right?

And that concludes my very long and self indulgent photostory of Sarah's wedding. I couldn't help myself!

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