Spring Wedding – Buckinghamshire Wedding Photographer

Bethanie and Tom’s Spring wedding took place at the end of May, one of my favourite times of the year. The spring colours were still all over the place and the weather was starting to get lovely and warm.

I arrived in the morning at Bethanie and Tom’s home in Marlow where the bride, her mum and the bridesmaids were all getting ready. Sometimes bridal prep can be a stressful environment with nerves and emotions running high, but not here. Bethanie was so calm and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed.

Once everyone was in their dresses and make up had been touched up it was time for Bethanie’s dad to see his daughter. He came around the back and through the patio doors and the bride was unveiled by the curtain being pulled back by a bridesmaid. It was such a lovely moment.

I then made my way over to Saint Peter’s Church, which was just a few minutes away also in Marlow. There I met groom Tom and his groomsmen, just as guests started to arrive. A short while later guests made their way into the church and the bride arrived with her dad in a beautiful white London taxi.

The ceremony was full of love and laughter. My favourite moment was when the bride gave the vicar a thumbs up saying she was ready to get married. Once the ceremony was over I rushed ahead to get the newlyweds exiting the church. The path and arch at the end were so pretty I wanted to be sure I included them in this special moment.

Bethanie and Tom had arranged for a London route master bus to transport their guests to the reception venue. While their guests all piled on board we took the opportunity to pop down to the river Thames which was just at the end of the road. A little jetty made a lovely spot to do some pictures before it was time for the bride and groom to jump into their white taxi to make their way to the reception.

The reception took place at the RAF Officers Mess in High Wycombe. The building was so pretty with all the ivy on the outside and the London bus and taxi parked outside made it picture perfect!

A magician entertained the guests on the lawn while we did the group pictures, then Bethanie, Tom and I went for a little walk away from the crowds to do some pictures of just the two of them. It is really important to me I don’t keep the bride and groom away from their guests for too long, so I make sure I always plan ahead to know where to do the pictures and how to direct the bride and groom.

Bethanie and Tom decided they wanted to do a receiving line as guests made their way into the wedding breakfast room. This is really nice for pictures and lovely for guests to get a chance for a hug with the newlyweds. However, in my experience this can often take a long time and this was confirmed again today when groom Tom said to me ‘Is this over yet? I want to eat!’.

Once everyone had taken their seats Bethanie and Tom surprised them by making their entrance not through the doors but on the balcony above! It was a very grand moment.

After the wedding breakfast it was time for speeches. Bethanie’s dad had planned something very different and it was fantastic. Song books were distributed to the guests and he made his way over to a keyboard. The speech was interspersed with songs relevant to Bethanie and the guests sung along and got so involved it was so lovely.

Soon it was time for the evening party and it didn’t disappoint. After first dance I don’t think the dancefloor was empty the entire evening, and it was some of the most impressive dancing I have ever seen!

I popped outside to investigate the sun setting to see if we could do a quick picture but unfortunately and it was obscured by buildings and I didn’t want to drag the bride and groom too far away from the fun. I then investigated my options of doing something a little more creative using off camera flash. I kept an eye on the sky and once the sun set the sky was a beautiful dark blue colour. The building itself was too nice not to include in the picture and I liked the main door at the front. I got all set up and practiced my shot then asked Bethanie and Tom to pop outside for just a few minutes. The pictures turned out great and I was really happy with the outcome.

After this it was time for more dancing then it was time for me to say my goodbye’s. I had such a wonderful day at Bethanie and Tom’s Spring wedding and it was a pleasure to photograph.

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