Louise and Steve are a lovely couple originally from South Africa and their wedding was very special for me to do for two reasons. One, they had relatives coming from all parts of the world (not just South Africa) and two, ALL the decorations (including the bouquet) were hand-made by Louise herself.
Louise and Steve were staying in the Preston Cross Hotel, so I was able to photograph the bridal prep in a lovely location and get some good shots of the bouquet. It was very important for me to document all the hand-made and decorated items for Louise as she had put so many months work into them and when I look at the photos of them now, I’m still amazed at how beautiful everything was.
The day went pretty smoothly for them, although there was a bit of a hiccup with the transport so Steve was a little late arriving at the registry office, but everything settled and all were able to relax and continue with enjoying the day.
The reception was held at Bourne hall in Epsom, which has a very nice park in which to take some posed shots. Louise had made a frame in the shape of Africa which she and Steve could hold as I took their photo and for the first time since I bought it, I was able to utilize my special wedding umbrella (something I spotted in a shop in Brighton a few months back) for another couple of shots which the couple had requested, which thankfully didn’t involve any rain whatsoever, just a bit of jumping around from the bride and groom!
Later in the evening, after Louise and Steve had their first dance, Steve and his Grandmother had a special dance together, a very important moment for both of them, that I really couldn’t afford to miss. Its moments like that, that make me realize as a wedding photographer that I really need to be paying attention at all times, even at the end of the day when I’m getting tired. I would have been really annoyed at myself if I’d missed it!
There is one big thing that I am very grateful to Louise and Steve for (besides having me photograph their big day) and that is the photo booth. During our first meeting, they asked whether I was able to put together a photo booth for them and I said I would see what I could do. My husband looked into the cost of a set-up and found that we could put one together, complete with software for a very reasonable price. So over the next few weeks, I went hunting around various shops for hats, glasses you name it! So by the time of the wedding, we had a fully functioning photo-booth (manned by my husband Seri so I could carry on with my work) which can be incorporated into my wedding packages, or hired separately for any occasion. If it hadn’t been for Louise and Steve, it probably would never have happened, and the wedding guests certainly seemed to have a lot of fun with it!