Saturday 17th June and the UK was experiencing its hottest temperatures since 1976!!! As I arrived in Portsmouth, Bryan Adams was belting out ‘Summer of 69’ on the radio and it was already 28.5oC – I knew it was going to be a great day!
I arrived to find the Bride, Sally, in her hotel room with her two lovely daughters, Toni and Luci, and her sister Amanda, all very calm but openly excited about the day ahead. Sally’s Groom Lee had made a beautifully romantic gesture, sending flowers to her room in her favourite colour, purple. It wasn’t long before it was all hands on deck. I took labels off the bridesmaid’s handbags and helped Sally with the problematic zip of her dress, and all this whilst capturing those all-important preparations shots – a photographer’s role is definitely an eclectic one that’s for sure! But that is what I love about my job – wholeheartedly embracing the day and all its nuances.
After a lovely, intimate ceremony, I took the new Mr and Mrs Roberts outside into the glorious sunshine for their formal shots and then it was a quick trip in the car to Southsea beach – Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! The radiant Bride and proud Groom took centre stage as cars beeped and people offered their congratulations. Unfortunately, there was no time for an ice cream though – their delicious three course wedding breakfast was waiting for them back at the hotel (along with their lovely guests!!).
And then it was on to the serious stuff – the speeches! Lee delivered a witty and heartfelt speech and then, on behalf of himself and his new wife, presented me with an amazing, personalised mug. Such a lovely gesture from a genuinely wonderful couple. Sally’s sister Amanda also made a very touching, personal speech. It is always a pleasure to witness these special moments that couples can treasure after their day has ended.
The final formality was to cut the elegant, three-tiered cake that had been made by family friend, Tracey and then it was time to hit the dance floor. The new Mr and Mrs Roberts took to the floor first, followed by Sally and her Dad, and then Lee and his Mum – poignant family moments. At this point I quietly bowed out of the proceedings, leaving the Bride, Groom and all their lovely family and friends to continue celebrating as the sun set on the glorious sunny summer’s day. An amazing honeymoon in the gorgeous Dominican Republic was to follow for Sally and Lee though. I wish them both a future filled with joy and happiness. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Roberts. It was a pleasure capturing your special day for you.