How do you know when they're the one?
Believe me, when you meet them you know. I'm speaking from both sides here, as both a photographer and as the couple. It's a similar feeling you would get in almost any situation of meeting someone for the first time.
When I met Daniel and April, it was very clear that it was a good match, both for them as a couple, and as a whole for us all working together. They were clear with what they wanted and also what they didn't, and that ticks so many boxes for me. I'm pretty straighforward which makes for a great collaboration when your couple are on the same page as you.
Anyway, fast forward a few weeks and we headed out to Swanage for their pre-wedding shoot. April was nervous as hell, and I think Daniel might have been too. To be honest, I am as well, but I try not to let it phase me anymore. I just get stuck in, let you do pretty much what you want and I snap away to get the best shots. I hate telling people what to do, or how to stand, as it generally makes for a more uncomfortable couple than you begun with.
Fast forward another month and their wedding day had arrived.
I have never set foot in Upwey before, but by god is it a gorgeous place! The sun was shining, in fact I had to take off my jacket I'd worn for the day - a sweaty photographer is not a nice sight. We did morning prep at April's mum's house, a beautiful limestone cottage. Everything was within walking distace of their house, which is very handy and gives me a chance to get all of those strolling shots I love so much (take note future couples, hehe). I even learned a new skill that day of tying the ribbon to the wedding car. Tick!
A glorious church ceremony followed at St. Laurence Church, with an afternoon tea-cum-picnic reception at the village hall right next door to the church. The family and couple's shoot was done in the ever-so-stunning Upwey Wishing Well gardens. Amaze!! With evening festivities taking place a staggered walk up the village at The Old Ship Inn. A massive thank you to the newlywed couple for allowing me to take them into the corn field and tick off a shot from my wish list.
I always think each new family are my new favourite, and I kind of hate myself for saying this, but Dan and April, your families were seriously awesome! And we got some wicked moves from April's mum and dad on that dancefloor. Check out some of my faves below, and get in touch if you'd like me to capture your big day!
Bridal Flowers - Fiona Penny at Sunflowers
Bride's Dress - Butterfly Brides, Poundbury
Cakes by Dan's sister, Ellie - Instagram: @bristowbakes
Bridesmaids hair and make-up - Morgan Brown Hair & Beauty
Venue Decorator - D Dee's Bespoke Parties
Bride's hair and make-up - Leanna Stibbon Makeup
Ps. the G&T's from the pub are served in HUGE goblet style glasses which gets a massive tick from me!
PPs. Those outfits the groom, best man and ushers wore... very nice!!
Until next time,