I’ve been to Craxton Wood (www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-craxton-wood-hotel-spa/) beforefor a spa day when I was doing some cousin bonding just before Lauren left the UK to go back to Canada but this visit was for a different purpose… I was there second shooting at Hana and Kev’s wedding with Nick from Crystal Logic Photography (/www.crystallogicphotography.com). Paul from Ginger Beard Weddings was also there shooting video (www.gingerbeardweddings.com).
Nick was already in action when Paul and I arrived. Hana was just having her make-up done and welcomed us into the room – in fact all the girls did. The room was filled with an air of happy excitement and there were glasses of bucks fizz at various stages of completion around and about.
Weddings which are entirely at one venue do make a photographer’s life easier. We were able to stay with Hana right until the end of her preparations but still get shots of Kev and the guys waiting in the ceremony room. There was some discussion about whether or not the ceremony would be outside but given that rain was forecast at about ceremony time, it was decided to play it safe and have it inside. The ceremony room was lovely though so I don’t think it was too big a compromise for the couple to make… After Hana and Kev were married – “you may kiss the bride!” we took some group shots and couple shots outside. And yes, the sun was still shining…
Speeches preceded the wedding breakfast. Hana’s Dad speech started with him apparently forgetting his notes and having to run out of the room. This was followed by a video of him making his way home via various means of transport to collect his speech – and Everton shirt – to turn around and come back. Again travelling by assorted, entertaining means of transport. Very funny. Once we’d captured this, the groom’s speech and the best men’s double act, Nick, Paul and I headed off to the hotel bar and got something to drink and some food. I love this part of the day were we debrief on the highlights of the day and what’s left to do and then move on to talk all things photography which might include our equipment, maybe something new we’ve heard about and views on what’s going on in the industry. On this occasion, I became quite taken with Paul’s Peak Design bag. I am quite partial to a good bag.
After dinner, the evening celebrations started with a toss of the bouquet, followed by the first dance and cake cutting. After a few dances, that was us done leaving the couple to enjoy the company of their family and friends into the wee hours.
So I’ll finish with a very big congratulations to the happy couple. Thanks for allowing me to a part of your day and here are a few of the highlights for me.