I know this summer had a terrible reputation for weather but it wasn’t all bad. Another hot and sunny day in August for the wedding of Charlotte and Richard at Mill Hall, Newbury, which is a school for deaf children during the week. It was my first shoot there and the bride and groom had chosen my Speeches service. Charlotte and her bridesmaids were getting ready in the office upstairs when Richard arrived in full Coldstream Guard sergeant’s uniform and his groomsmen were getting ready in a corridor using phones for mirrors.
The ceremony was followed by a relaxed drinks reception where a retro vinyl player proved a source of interest and guests spilled outside to enjoy the sunshine. Thanks to the weather we were able to make use of the lovely grounds at Mill Hall, and a fine set of three fir trees were a useful setting for shots of the attendants and bride and groom. Richard’s whole platoon was there too and the close sense of camaraderie was clear throughout the day, particularly during Richard’s speech with brief references to action in Afghanistan. Once the speeches were over I left them to enjoy the rest of the day and headed home to start work on their photos.