I was delighted to be asked by Sarah and James to photograph their wedding at St Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Donnington Grove Hotel in Newbury, Berkshire. This was my first wedding at that venue and what a day they chose, with glorious sunshine throughout. I often hear guests at weddings saying “photographers don’t like bright sunny days”. Now there’s no denying that a few white clouds can help soften the light and shadows up nicely. However, after the weather we’ve had over the last couple of years I’m more than happy to see a bit of sunshine.
Sarah hails from Scotland so James and his groomsmen were sporting kilts. On the day that seemed like a very sensible and cooler option than my suit. St Joseph’s has wonderful light and space and it was nice to see the bride and groom smile throughout every time they caught each other’s eye. Amy Bennett sang César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” beautifully (I allowed myself only one shot in quiet mode so as not to interrupt) before the new couple went to the Lady Chapel to sign the register and compare rings.
Donnington Grove has wonderful grounds and scenery and Sarah, James and I took up the venue’s kind offer of a golf buggy as a fun way to access the best photo opportunities. There was plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine and relax before the evening reception and Ceilidh. After the first couple of very energetic (and fun to shoot) dances I bid farewell to the bride and groom and headed home.