Wow what an amazing day I had with Yasmin & Gary for their Hoar Cross Hall wedding. My day started with photographing Yasmin and her bridesmaids (and their gorgeous daughters!) at the bride’s house. It was all go, with the hair and makeup being done feverishly to make sure that everyone was ready for the big day ahead. Yasmin & Gary had taken advantage of booking a 2nd photographer through me, so Chris was over at the groom’s parents’ house, capturing Gary and his groomsmen getting ready with Yasmin & Gary’s two boys too – lots of opportunities for cute photographs there! The boys travelled in style to the ceremony venue, the Church of the Holy Angels, in Hoar Cross and the girls travelled equally trendily in a beautiful VW campervan. With the sun shining, it was time for the ceremony to begin.
The church was absolutely stunning and Yasmin & Gary had added to the decor with simple but elegant flowers and dressings. When the bridesmaids, page boys and flower girls walked down the aisle it was a fitting emotional start to what was a beautiful service. Yasmin & Gary are clearly made for each other, and their love for each other shone through the whole ceremony. The love of their friends and families was also very apparent with lots of tears and heartfelt readings – it may sound corny but it is truly an honour to witness two people getting married, I don’t think I could ever get tired of it (luckily!) and all too soon it was time for the signing of the register and the announcement of Mr & Mrs Brassington!
As the newlyweds left the church it looked like their luck with the weather had run out, as it started to rain just as all the guests were congratulating them. However, it wasn’t to last and by the time everyone had made their way to the Hoar Cross Hall wedding venue the sun was shining again and the celebrations could continue. After a drinks reception and a few photos of the newly-weds in the beutiful gardens at Hoar Cross, Yasmin & Gary were introduced to their friends and families for their wedding breakfast. The Hoar Cross Hall wedding team delivered a beautiful feast for the guests and according to my crib sheet it was just about time for the speeches – however there was a surprise in store for the bride & groom, arranged by Gary’s mum. Just as the last few plates were taken away, it transpired that the waiters who had been serving were not only a dab hand at silver service, but could belt out a number or two – they were actually singing waiters, much to the delight of the whole room – honestly it was absolutely epic – there was crazy dancing, karaoke hits, congas, napkin waving and, my personal favourite, most of the top table ladies dancing on the Top Table!! Awesome! The speeches did eventually follow once everyone had regained their equilibrium and the pictures tell a much better story than I can in words. Touching, emotional, funny all in the right measure – although the powerpoint presentation that Gary’s brother had prepared was a particularly funny highlight with lots of very embarrassing photos of Gary in his younger years – well that’s what you get when you ask your Brother to be best man right!
Following the wedding breakfast it didn’t seem long before the evening guests were arriving and it was time for the cake cutting, bouquet throwing and first dance. It was an especially fun & busy night for us as Yasmin & Gary had also requested a photo booth to capture their guests as they got more and more merrier throughout the evening – it always produces some cracking shots!!! With the sunshine finally set it was time for one last photo shoot outside, making the most that the Hoar Cross Hall wedding venue has to offer. My final photographs of Yasmin & Gary were under the archways in the gardens, giggling with each other like teenagers, completely in love and unaware of anyone else. A gorgeous memory of a wonderful couple whose wedding day was absolutely brilliant. Thanks Yasmin & Gary for allowing me to be part of your Hoar Cross Hall wedding, it was epic!