You know you’ve made it when you get asked to fly to England to shoot a wedding, even if it’s for your cousin! I was thrilled when Ed and Lizzie asked me to be their photographer! Due to the sheer size of the event – 150 guests – I recruited the help of a good friend of mine, Kate from Katherine Newman Photography who came down from London to be second photographer.
The English weather in the middle of May is usually a bit touch-and-go; you never know what you’re going to get! Thankfully though, and despite persistent rain on the days leading up to the wedding, the rain held off and the sun popped out from behind the clouds to shine down upon us.
The wedding ceremony took place at St Mary’s Church in the quaint village of Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire. St Mary’s Parish dates back to the 13th century and holds all the charm of a time long since passed – its ceiling arches, old doorways and stained glass windows made for an exquisite setting. The best thing about English weddings is that they really know how to do it properly – and guests arrived in an array of dresses, suits, hats and fascinators. The wedding couple looked gorgeous, with Lizzie in a stunning ivory lace-up dress, and Ed looking very dapper in a smart suit and a powder blue tie.
After the very special ceremony, champagne was served to guests in the churchyard who mingled waiting for photos. Due to the size of the wedding party we needed a tall ladder to shoot from to get the best angle.
The reception was held at Lizzie’s family home some 100m down the village lane, where a magnificent marquee had been erected in the backyard. Alongside a spacious entrance area, twenty or so beautifully laid tables were dotted around the marquee beneath ornate chandeliers, and a ramp took guests to a large dance floor complete with bar area, stage and lighting!
Once the speeches were out of the way (which had the guests in stitches!), the swing band took to the stage and got the party going with their lively tunes. Wedding guests danced the night away in celebration of Ed and Lizzie’s special day long after the wedding couple had slipped away.