Nearing the end of the Sussex wedding photography season, I shot Penny and Russell’s wedding in the lovely town of Newbury in West Berkshire. As we arrived at Penny’s parents house, “Greenhouses” we passed their home-made sign that pointed us in the right direction to the house where, after living for 26 years, was finally transformed into Penny’s wedding dream; marquee, flowers, and a fantastic dance floor.
I had met Penny a few months ago in London and also at Amy’s wedding in Fulham this year, so it almost felt like we were old friends. I remember her telling me that her wedding was going to be relaxed and informal and although it certainly was relaxed, all the traditional things were perfectly in place, the gorgeous dress, the table places set in a candlelit marquee and a storybook church.
Getting ready at “Greenhouses” was fun, Penny didn’t seem nervous, only excited to meet Russell with their daughter Maddie by their side.
Russell, waiting patiently yet nervously at the church was looking forward to seeing his two girls arrive to celebrate not only a wedding but the baptism of Maddie too. I always see a Groom surprised or proud to see his bride walking towards him, but Russell was truly overwhelmed. He literally couldn’t catch his breath when he saw Penny. And rightly so, she looked fantastic.
The ceremony was followed by a baptism, Maddie almost swimming in the font she had so much fun, a very good girl. The guests followed the couple back to “Greenhouses”, Russell driving Penny away in an cream Mk 2 MGA Roadster in true British style.
Mini Yorkshire puddings, Champagne and a few garden portraits later, the guests emptied the beautiful Greenhouse and followed the couple into the delicately set marquee, lit beautifully by candles and lovely little relish favours set on each place hand-made by a family friend.
After dinner, the guests laughed at what I think are some of the best speeches ever read at a wedding, after an emotional end with a best man and groom hug, the couple danced the night away with everyone joining them on the dance floor. These people knew how to party.
Penny and Russ, what a perfect day. You gave the impression it wouldn’t be much, but it was perfectly organised and so emotional. I’m proud to have this in my portfolio. I wish you lots of love and am looking froward to delivering your images to you. x