So- lovely Chantal sent me a little message back in 2019 asking if I was available for her 2020 July wedding. And it always breaks my heart to say no but sadly I had to as I wasn't free for their day. But the universe works in such mysterious ways and I heard back from her over a year later saying they had had to cancel their wedding, had lost their photographer, and was I free for their new date? And I was just so excited to say YES!!! I mean wow!
They booked a little family shoot which we did outside on their original wedding day with their family which I thought was the sweetest idea, and then a year later the big day itself at the beautiful Missendon Abbey!
There was a hive of activity all over and so much to do with last minute changes here and there thanks to the pandemic. It was all so emotional and overwhelming as after waiting so long it was all really happening! We waited up until the last minute before finding out that the guests did not have to wear masks much to everyone's complete relief! Oh what joy!! And everyone was just beaming with smiles as they sat in the beautifully decorated marquee waiting for things to begin. I doubt there was a dry eye in that room as Chantal and Alex exchanged their vows, it was such a mixture of joyous emotions for everyone!
It was clear that Chantal and Alex's family and friends were delighted to be there and be part of such a beautiful moment after such an arduous 18 months. It was just a breath of fresh air to be doing something spectacular and "normal" at the same time. Everyone spent the afternoon chilling outside and playing games, which gave us the perfect opportunity to sneak off and have a little wander around the grounds where we found some beautiful little spots. As I finished up with Alex and Chantal and that glorious light shone through the trees, my heart did a little skip of joy.
The most exciting part of the day for me was the fireworks which were a surprise for the guests! I had a lot of fun setting up with Jon who was filming for the day, and I couldn't wait to get home to see them blown up on the big screen.
Chantal and Alex, you are such a wonderful, kind, thoughtful pair who clearly are adored by everyone, it was a blessing to be part of such a magical day. xx
Venue: Missenden Abbey
Cake: Ice Delights Cakes
Flowers: Woburn Wedding Flowers
Dress: Serendipity Brides
Make up artist: Jema Jakes MUA
Hair: Dolly and team at London Road hair and Beauty
Fireworks: Dynamic Fireworks
Entertainment: Timeless Entertaintment
Chair and Bannister decs: Truly Divine Event Decor
Cake Topper: Artlocke Designs