I feel like using the friends episode titling system and saying “The one about the guinea pigs”… because for the first time ever, guinea pigs played a pretty consistent part through the wedding! How fantastic!
Back to the beginning through. Pannie had dreamed of a wedding outdoors in the sunshine, so 2014 was a perfect year to choose as there was sunshine a plenty over the summer! They’d chosen the luxurious Vale Royal Abbey golf & banqueting venue in Cheshire because they had the perfect area outside for a wedding outdoors.
They’re so cute!
As I arrived for Pannies bridal preparation, the guys were already in full swing sorting everything out for the wedding day while the girls had their makeup and hair finalised. I was finally introduced to the guinea pigs downstairs as they were whisked off to Vale Royal Abbey. I took the opportunity to photograph Pannies wedding dress, shoes and beautiful flowers. I was in the background photographing in my usual reportage style to ensure that everything ran to time.
After the bridal preparation, I made my way to the venue and was amazed by the stunning scene in the gardens around the back of the abbey – rows of dressed chairs and a ceremony location under a huge tree. Stunning! Of course the guinea pigs where there already and, as the bride made her to the aisle, they were transported by one of the bridesmaids to their pen in the sunshine to watch the proceedings (and nibble on the grass).
The official bit..
Pannines father walked her down the aisle to her smiling groom and the ceremony was ready to begin. The entire bridal party stayed standing next to the couple, which reminded me of American weddings which I see – a unique touch.
As the sunshine beamed down on them, they said their vows, exchanged rings and became man and wife, to the applause of their guests, who showered them with confetti. As soon as we could, I took them for some couple portraits in the beautiful surroundings. Pannies fantastic pink shoes even made an entrance at one point and, soon, there were smiles all around as their guests welcomed them into the dining room for the wedding breakfast.
.. and the fun bit!
I love photographing weddings where something different happens, and for Pannie and David, they had a polaroid camera and took a photograph of each guest who entered and pegged them to a board as a keepsake. Of course it was no reflection on their belief in my photography… I hope!
Soon after, the speeches began, which were mixed inbetween courses. Pannies speech was particular unusual as she sung a song for her husband, which was just incredible! After dinner, they wanted to visit the lake as a couple and, with myself and the videographer precariously balanced on the back of a buggy, we made our way there and found some beautiful light for some fine-art portraits of them as a couple.
Back at the abbey we took a final few photographs of their guinea pigs (I told you it was all about the guinea pigs) and they retired for the day.