Set in rural Norfolk, the house was buzzing with activity. The caterers were arriving to set up, friends and family came and went and the final touches were being put to the giant tepee in the garden were the evening’s celebrations were to take place.
Alex’s stylists and bridesmaids were here twin sisters and I busied myself photographing her transformation into a bride. I got the wide shots, the details, the emotion, the laughter, the tears, the nerves but above all I wanted to capture the air of sheer happiness as the day unfolded.
Jon was doing the same nearby at Cley Windmill as the groom and his groomsmen were getting ready.
Alex looked amazing in her dress so after I had taken the photographs of herself and her dad together I raced to the windmill to cover her arrival.
Jon was ready on the balcony to get the shots from above while I stayed on ground level. Before long, the bride arrived, chauffeured by her dad in an open-topped VW Beetle. The weather was still being kind to us!
Inside the windmill waited Sam, about to see his beautiful bride for the first time. Cley Windmill isn’t big so things inside were very cosy! It is, however, very beautiful and historic. It dates from the early eighteenth century and has actually been converted into a guest house.
It really was an intensively emotional moment for Sam as Alex was led into the room on the arm of her dad. In fact, there were few dry eyes in the whole room. The point when the couple spoke their vows was a very powerful one indeed.
We then all squeezed out of the building and walked out into the now glorious sunshine. The backdrop of rushes, glowing in the sunshine made for some lovely photographs. We also spent time with Alex and Sam getting the shots of them on the windmill’s circular balcony.
It was then off to Alex’s parents’ house where the day had begun for the wedding breakfast. On arrival, welcome champagne and canapés were taken in and around the house in the last of the sun’s rays.
Inside the tepee there was now a blazing fire and the whole interior was beautifully lit with blue and orange lights. The wedding breakfast was then announced and everyone filed inside and took their places.
Eating over, it was time for the speeches. I covered the close, wide-angles and Jon captured the candid moments from further back. The two best mens’ speech made for lots of hilarity as they went through Sam’s varied career; dressing him accordingly as they went through all of the different stages!
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