I often feel like I'm passed my best when it comes to partying on New Year's Eve, but when you get the offer of being the photographer for a wedding on New Year's Eve, do you turn it down? HELL NO!!
I'll start off by saying that Richard and Helen are the coolest - as in 'cool as a cucumber' - couple I've come across to date. Nothing phases them or stresses them out, which helped in making the day so bloody enjoyable.
I got to their house a little earlier than planned, which gave me time to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee (a real rarity on a wedding day for me). Usually when I arrive for the bridal prep, the finishing touches are being applied, but today, the make-up was only just starting to go on. It was great to be able to relax and get to know Helen's family a little bit before heading out for the ceremony.
The weather forecast wasn't ideal and would probably send a million bride's heads spinning, but true to her style, Helen wasn't bothered. We'd spoken about it and she was prepared with her umbrellas. You know when a couple really want this day, because they're ready for anything. On the way up to Gorwell Barn, we had all the weather; rain lashing down, wind, thunder and lightning, and the ribbons on the cars took a good battering.
When we arrived I couldn't believe my eyes, the barn was seriously stunning. The tables were understated and elegantly decorated, ready for their afternoon tea reception (I'm a real sucker for a vintage china tea cup), with the most amazing halos hanging above them. The halos were made with seasonal foliage and dotted with simple white flowers -- just amazing!
A beautiful and touching ceremony later and they're hitched!
Barrels stood handsomely with stacks of mince pies, a bar with real ales, and plenty of gin, hot chocolate and mulled cider for guests to enjoy. It really was perfect. A wedding breakfast followed, with a beautifully understated afternoon tea. I even got a stand for myself and so much tea, which always makes me happy *wink wink*.
After everyone had eaten and just before the cake was cut, we got our sparkler game on, and had a spin on the shot roulette. This lot know how to party, and why the hell not, it's New Year's Eve y'all!
The cake was cut - which the bride made with her own fair hands - and it was time to bust some moves. First dance was amazing, with music from the best band I've seen at a wedding before - KOAST - you must check them out if you're planning on having a band at your wedding! Their version of Miley Cyrus' - 'Malibu' had all the feels. And to top off the day, we had freshly made stone-baked pizza from Jalopy Pizza - well worth staying on for!
So yeah, that's pretty much it for this particular wedding. Enjoy this extended preview of images from the day that was Richard+Helen's amazing New Year's Eve wedding.
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Until next time,