So, a couple of weeks back now (I know, its been a while again, but this is now a full time concern, this photography lark, so bear with me....), I had THE most pleasure in shooting the wedding of Leanne and James. Many connections go with myself, Leanne and my wife. I know Leanne from a while back when we were both on a photography course together. I consequently found out she worked at the same place as my wife! Small world and all that....Well, more connections in this wedding to come....
Anyway, the service was at the lovely little church of St Andrews in Impington, in Cambridge. The day was bright, the air fresh, the congregation in good form. And from the off, the connection was a surprise one.....I was preparing for Leanne's arrival when a hand was placed firmly on my shoulder. I turned and was fronted with a stare from a face I haven't seen regularly in a few years. A guy called Steve who I used to work with, play football with and generally have a laugh with was gurning right at me! We had known that we both come from just round the corner, generally speaking, in our upbringing for a long time from conversations we had when we first met. What a pleasure to see him and frankly, a big surprise! But whats more, why was he here? Well, he was the best man! He knew James from WAY back at school, so the circle of connection was closed! A genuine surprise and pleasure to kick off the day!
Also attending was another old work colleague of mine, Vicky and her partner Jo and again, another catch up and laugh ensued. This day was going to be a good one!
Leanne arrived in the most charming, wonderful old vintage car....tiny thing it was. Blue and looking every one of its years. To a car nut like myself, it was a joy! And Leanne? She looked amazing.....and possibly THE most smiley bride I think there has ever been! I don't think I ever saw the smile drop once in the day, apart from the odd moment of feeding and looking after child (and even then, it hardly left) and some more somber moments in the ceremony. James was the image of relaxation. If he was nervous, he certainly didn't show it! James waited patiently for Leanne to arrive, Nan and Granddad looked after the little one and all was set. And the first look between them was priceless.....the barrier James held up visibly dropped. Was a lovely, lovely moment.
Keeping to the ministers wishes, I stayed out of the way for the ceremony and shot from a distance, but hope I captured the right moments for the happy couple. Once the ceremony was done, it was then off to the reception which was held at the equally charming and quaint Rectory Farm, also in Cambridge. What a fantastic little venue this was! A large house with some enclosed land with enough to hold a large, beautiful marquee and it was perfect for some more intimate shots. Congregation got merry, lots of group shots were done (according to Leanne, probably slightly too many, but she hadn't the heart to say no to those who kept asking!) and much dancing ensued late into the night.
The whole day was an absolute delight. Was very proud and honoured to have been chosen to capture their lovely day. It also gave ME a chance to catch up with some unexpected people! Which was nice!
Below are a few images from the day.....I hope they tell the story....