It’s always lovely when a couple’s efforts are rewarded, especially when they’ve taken a big risk by holding their wedding entirely outdoors. Hannah and Tom asked me to photograph their wedding at the beautiful Wasing Estate, near Aldermaston in Berkshire. Their ceremony was in the Folly by the stunning Walled Garden, and the reception was in the Woodland area nearby. Everything was to be outdoors and Hannah and Tom had put an enormous amount of personal thought, effort and work into preparing the woodland area for the party for their families and friends. In the event, it all paid off and they had a wonderfully warm and sunny day for their wedding.
I started with a few photos of Hannah and her bridesmaids getting ready before catching up with Tom in Kitts Cottage. The day had a very musical theme as Hannah and Tom both play the trumpet. A brass quintet of their friends accompanied Hannah’s walk up the aisle with her father, as well as providing the music during the registry signing. Following the ceremony and confetti, I shared a few moments for some nice relaxed photos with just Hannah and Tom in the Walled Garden before we walked over to the Woodland to join their families and friends.
The rest of the day was wonderfully relaxed and involved sack races, a limbo competition and a challenge to see who could hang the longest from a frame. Then it was time for pie and dessert in the fantastic (and very hot) Teepee style marquee, followed by the speeches and cake cutting, before heading back to the woods for the first dance. This was the first time I’ve seen a first dance where the groom starts with a trumpet serenade of the Crewe and Gaudio classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” before the band joined in. Hannah and Tom also had a trumpet face off during the dance and were then joined by the guests for the real start of the party.