As our less than perfect summer continues, I had another Chillington Hall wedding last Saturday and yet again I found all of my fingers crossed for a few breaks in the weather and once again we were really lucky.
I started out the day with Caroline at her parents house as she and her bridesmaids prepared for the wedding. The mood was very relaxed and joyful all morning as the girls all got ready, everything went perfectly (apart from the odd begal on the floor) and we were soon on our way to the Church. Caroline works at the Royal Wolverhampton School and was lucky enough to be able to get married in their beautiful chapel. As soon as I arrived I could see Jonathan was also looking pretty relaxed but as so often happens, this soon turned to nervous anticipation once he stood at the front of the chapel as he waited for his bride to arrive. A quick look back over his shoulder and he saw Caroline approaching down the isle and his nerves seemed to evaporate as they both gave each other the biggest smile!
Once the ceremony was over the Bride and Groom, along with their guests, spilled outside and after twenty minutes or so of enjoying some time chatting with guests I arranged the confetti isle and then onwards to Chillington Hall. As soon as we arrived at the hall we thought it best to go straight down to the lake for some portraits but the rain had other ideas, so after a few minutes we headed back to the hall to be greeted not only with Champagne and guests but by another brief glimpse of the sun! We took advantage of the weather and managed to complete all of the group photographs before it was time to head into the marquee for the wedding breakfast.
The speeches went off without a hitch and Caroline and Jonathan were treated to surprise video messages from the Wolves football players and many of the England cricket squad. As the night progressed the guests enjoyed both dancing and the slideshow of the photographs I had taken, at one point I had a group of people behind me as I prepared the next slideshow, I was only alerted to the fact by the “ooo” and “ahhh”s coming from behind me.
The day finished just as it had started, with laughter and excitement, the biggest difference of cause, was that Caroline and Jonathan were married.