I find myself a bit sad to write this, as for me, a blog post is the last part of a wedding. I start by meeting a lovely couple, photographing them at their pre wedding shoot, exchanging numerous emails, then there’s the big day, which is the exciting bit… Then I look at their faces for weeks in billions of varying states of emotion, I look at their families faces and I see all that love, pride and genuine joy… By the end of the process it’s difficult not to feel like you have two new friends. So this blog post always feels a little sad. That said I won’t dwell on the sadness because this was a day of warmth, in all ways! The sun actually managed to burn away the clouds! I started the day with Laura and her family and Alex started the day in church with the most incredible choir and Richard. I love the mornings hustle and bustle, I always feel lucky to be allowed into that environment where people are preparing for that all important day, the pressure is always on and it’s always a hive of activity. Lauras’ house felt like a home from home, I think this was partly due to my helpful assistant, who appeared in the form of Laura’s nephew/best usher EVER!!! He knew exactly what I needed to do and was endlessly helpful (I truly mean it!!). Having felt the time creeping up on us at bride central, Laura actually made an early appearance at the church!! When the last of the guests were seated, she walked down the aisle to “I was glad” sung by a choir of her and Richards friends, it was truly emotionally charged. I think if I were in Richards shoes I wouldn’t have been able to turn round either!! Their ceremony was personal and full of familiarity, they even had photos projected of little Laura, aimed to tease in the fondest possible way! After their beautiful service, it was on to Quarry Bank Mill, where guests were able to mingle with fizz by the red brick industrial mill. On a sunny day with the River Bollin flowing past and into the incredible National Trust gardens it’s idyllic to say the least. We were lucky enough to be able to grab some portraits in the sun. The wedding breakfast was held in the mill. It was dressed with ivy and the tables covered with white table cloths sprinkled with Lavender and flower pot table arrangements of blush roses. There was a favour table of books and incase guests were bored a quiz titled “quiz and hers”, later in the speeches it was explained that Richard was a bit of a quiz master! After that Laura and Richard had wanted to take a few minutes to play “pooh sticks”… so we did. As evening guests arrived, speeches begun. The warmth and sincerity was clear, it became very apparent what special people we were actually working for! After grabbing a sword (family heirloom) and cutting the cake Laura and Richard had their first dance surrounded by family and friends. By the end of the song everyone was up there with them ready for the evening celebrations! A beautiful wedding for two very beautiful people!