Emma and Fabian asked me to photograph their wedding at All Saints Church, Marlow in Buckinghamshire and Herons Farm near Pangbourne in Berkshire. I love Herons Farm and have worked there many times. In fact, it’s turning into one of my most visited venues. The wedding had a very international feel as Emma is English, Fabian is German and both had recently returned from living in Singapore, so their guests were from all over the planet. Given that fact, and the distance between the church and the reception venue, Emma and Fabian had sensibly hired a London bus to transport the guests between the two.
I joined Emma and her family and bridesmaids at her parents’ house for a few shots of the fun of getting ready. It was quite an emotional moment when Emma came down the stairs in her wedding dress to be seen by her family for the first time. I then left them to head for the church. I’d worked there before so I knew the strict rules for photographers, which, of course, I always obey. I was allowed to photograph from the back of the church, which gives a clear, if slightly distant, view. After the ceremony and confetti run Emma and Fabian were very keen to have a photo on Marlow bridge and the brave bridesmaids managed to persuade the Saturday traffic to stop for a very quick couple of shots there before we headed off to Herons Farm.
Emma and Fabian wanted only a very brief bride and groom photo session at Herons Farm, just as the only light shower of the day started. Once everyone else was there we got the group photos underway, with the help of a little of my practical, if imperfect, German and then I continued to observe and record the rest of the day as it unfolded, including the wedding breakfast in a beautifully laid out marquee attached to the barn. It was Fabian’s 30th birthday so there was an extra cake that was unveiled just before their First Dance – what a perfect way to celebrate your birthday!