I always feel very privileged to be asked to photograph weddings as they are often one of the most important days in a person’s life. But there are certain weddings that I am especially delighted to be part of, and Rosie and Joe’s Lincolnshire country wedding was one of those. I have known Rosie since she was a little girl and so it was a real pleasure not only to see her joy on her wedding day, but also for me to capture moments that she can treasure for the rest of her life. This was a Lincolnshire wedding full of country charm. The ceremony took place at St Benedict’s Church, on the Scrivelsby Estate. This gorgeous church, which dates back to the 13th century, nestles in parkland and is just a short walk across from the Walled Garden which was the ideal venue for their marquee reception. My unobtrusive, candid wedding photography was perfect for this natural wedding.
The wedding service was booked for 11am (one of the earliest weddings that I have photographed) and as Rosie had eight bridesmaids and a flower girl attending her, I knew that there was going to be lots going on when I arrived at Rosie’s parent’s house in Horncastle at 8am. Rosie and Joe’s close friends played an important part in the day, from styling Rosie’s hair in the morning, to singing and playing music throughout the day. Photographing bridal preparations is one of my favourite parts of the day. Capturing images of the dress, flowers and all the other details, as well as the smiles and excitement as the wedding drew closer. Rosie was happy and relaxed, and delighted by a surprise gift from Joe.
After getting some pictures of Rosie with her parents, once she was ready, I quickly drove up to the Scrivelsby Estate to photograph Joe with his Groomsmen before the wedding ceremony. I also got some shots of Rosie’s very special wedding ring, a classic gold band which she had made herself. St Benedict’s was filled with the scent of the lavender that Rosie had used to decorate the tiny church. After the traditional ceremony it was time for confetti, and then a short walk across the parkland to Scrivelsby Walled Garden for their reception. Hidden from the road, the spacious Walled Garden was formerly the Estates’s kitchen gardens, but has now been converted into a beautiful wedding venue with plenty of space for guests (young and old) to relax and play.
The shone for this August wedding and Rosie and Joe, along with their family and guests, had a wonderful day. The prosecco flowed as guests relaxed in the gorgeous garden or played lawn games. There was lots of laughter and tears at the speeches before the wedding breakfast. After the cake had been cut, and Rosie had thrown her bouquet to the single ladies, I stole away with Rosie and Joe so that we could get some bride and groom portraits. This is another of my favourite times, and often is a time loved by the couple, as it gives them a chance to have a little time together out of the throng of their reception. The beautiful late afternoon light was perfect for portraits with St Benedict’s behind them across the parkland. Once we had some shots of Rosie and Joe it was back to the party and ready for dancing! The first dance soon had everyone joining them on the floor and the party really got underway.
I received a lovely note from Rosie this morning… “Thank you for all your support and efforts in documenting our big day. I was completely overwhelmed by how beautiful the photos were and I haven’t stopped thinking about them since. You not only took the most stunning photographs but you also carried us through the day. You were professional and yet so personal in your approach and I am just so grateful to have had you there. Thank you for everything Vicki “
Below are some of my favourite images from the day. It is also possible to view the wedding slideshow or click to see the whole gallery of photographs. A password is needed (Password hint – The Groom’s surname)
If you are planning a wedding please get in touch and we can chat about the photography that you want to be able to remember your day by.