I was driving to Newbury buzzing on adrenaline from a wedding the day before, and super excited about the wedding that lay ahead. It was supposed to rain the day before, but it didn't, so I completely ignored the dark blobs across the GB map on the news in the morning, NOTHING was going to spoil the day!
Caerys and Richard and their 4 kids came all the way up to Milton Keynes for their engagement session which was ages ago last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing them all again. Caerys looked amazing when I saw her in the midst of hair and makeup at the house. Her prized bike Poppy was propped up and ready to be taken to the venue, very much a part of the days celebrations. I managed to grab a pic of poor Lewis being squashed in the back of the car underneath the bike... that's love. Caerys was getting ready with her closest friend Olivia and her daughter Imogen and son Gabriel. The make up artist was hilarious and had everyone in complete stitches, she had the best laugh. The rain was starting to threaten, but it still held off so we managed a few super quick snaps outside by the VW campervan before the first drops fell! The girls wore handmade ballerina pumps which I adored, and the bridesmaids wore dark grey dresses which looked so elegant against the pastel shades of the flowers.
I sped my way to the venue to find Richard and his boys Josh and Lewis, and was also greeted by my best friend and budding photographer who came to assist me for the ceremony! The rain hadn't reached us at the ceremony so I really was bouncing all over the place with happiness! Shaw House, a beautiful manor house dating 1581, is steeped with history and beautiful grounds and I was so grateful we were able to spend some time there after the ceremony, and best of all, throw confetti!
The reception was held at The Barn, and I was greeted with pouring rain, and a very smiley Jonathon who really helped make the rest of the day run smoothly. Everyone was packed into the little cosy pub while the room was being finalised, and I was shown into the barn extension- and it really was a wow moment. Complete contrast to the pub, it was so full of light and space, and made you feel as if you were sat outside. It was adorned with Caerys's flowers in jugs on the tables, her bike Poppy (something blue!), hessian, bunting, and lovely hand made chalk signs with literature quotes. It was beautiful and elegant. Halfway through the meal, Caerys organised a quiz which had everyone scratching their heads and the room was filled with laughter. Drinks flowed, and amazing smells of the hog roast started wafting in, cooking for the evening guests later on. The first dance was, as always, lovely, then Caerys and Richard invited everyone to join them. Every few moments the DJ would ask couples who had been married a certain length of time to leave the dance floor, until finally, just Richard's mum and dad were left, and presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
It was a wonderful day, I felt so welcome and happy. The loveliest family, and I know they will enjoy a lifetime of love and laughter together. Thank you for having me xx