A sunny but chilly May day saw the wedding of Catherine & George in the town of Cannington near Bridgwater in Somerset.
To start the day I met Catherine and her bridesmaids at her home for her bridal preparations. Fleecy onesies and cups of tea were the order of the morning as it wasn’t the warmest of days! Liz who was second shooting for me for the morning went to meet George, and his grooms men for their preparations which quite typically were running behind planned time, but they were never in danger of leaving late!
I loved Catherine’s details. Her dress was classic and understated, working perfectly with more detailed accessories including bling shoes, earrings and a diamanté hair piece.
Catherine’s flowers were beautiful subtle blues, whites and greens, which with the hessian ribbon complimented not only her outfit, but the rest of the day’s theme and details.
The COE church of St Mary the Virgin in Cannington, offered beautiful high ceilings and massive stained glass windows giving the church the benefit of a large amount of natural light. Yay I tell you yay.
I loved Reverend Alison Waters who led the ceremony. I’m not personally religious, but I have a lot of respect for religion and those who follow it. The love, passion and dedication of Alison shone through and I thoroughly enjoyed being witness to the ceremony.
It’s not often transport gets its own special mention but how could it not?!
Catherine & George left the church on vintage tractor Ted who previously belonged to the Awty’s of Oatley Vineyard (of which we will see more later). George also drove Ted to the ceremony beforehand.
As an added surprise for guests the bridesmaids and ushers then jumped in to some rather significantly larger John Deere Tractors, including one monster. I take joyful note in saying I think the bridesmaids were the better drivers! ha!
We had to use the John Deeres for the group photos, how could I not!?
I love a good marquee wedding and this wedding was no different. Some great personal details many home made by various members of the family. From the bunting to the table plan, to the personalised horseshoe sculptures.
The speeches elicited laughter and tears in equal marvellous doses, and even a box of Kleenex gifted from Lawrence to George.
Before and after the speeches though was the introduction of a new wedding activity for me. Football! With the marquee located on the village playing fields, the pitch was there just asking to be used, and wow what fun and jollity was had. Pretty much everyone joined in at some point, including mother of the groom Alice, wearing a dress was not going to stop her!
I finished for the day whilst the evening was still young but hearing from them afterwards it was pretty epic, and there may have been a few sore heads the following morning…. & afternoon… & evening!
The Couple Photos
Although the playing fields were lovely and green they lacked a certain picturesque quality, so after the wedding breakfast I took the chance to take Catherine & George for a short drive down the road to Oatley vineyard. Oatley, in addition to producing award winning wine is also pretty stunning as I’m sure you will agree. Catherine and George also both have fond personal connections to the vineyards so it was the perfect choice. We were very thankful to Iain and Jane Awty for so kindly allowing us to use the vineyards.
Catherine in advance had mentioned that both her and George were not the most comfortable in front of a camera but they were soon total pros. I don’t like to pose couples so a few good prompts later and they were laughing and smiling away. I have so many favourite photos from this portion of the day.
I really loved being part of Catherine & George’s day, I started a near stranger but left feeling part of the family. This is just part of why I love my job, photographing one of the most personal and important day of a couple’s life and getting to feel involved and not just a bystander. To Catherine & George, thank you, it was a pleasure to be part of your day and I hope your images help you relive your day for many many years to come.
Below are a few more of my favourite images from the day, including the rather epic cake!
Ceremony venue // St Mary the Virgin Church, Cannington
Reception venue // Cannington playing fields
Couple photos venue // Oatley Vineyard
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