It was an early start for me on Saturday 15th July as I had a 1.30pm appointment at St Matthew’s Church, Ashford, to capture the moment Vikki and Adrian were to become husband and wife. As always, I left in plenty of time – preparation is key for the wedding photographer! And it was lucky I did as an accident on the infamous M25 left me sitting in an hour of traffic!! Never under estimate how long a journey can take – I always prefer to be sitting outside a venue waiting for half an hour than have my bride be sitting waiting for me! Despite the traffic delay I still arrived at Vikki’s parents’ house in plenty of time, where the atmosphere was much calmer than it had been in my car half an hour earlier!!!
Preparations were all taking place in a marquee in the garden and everything was running like clockwork. Vikki’s lovely bridesmaids were two school friends, Davina and Kara, and her future sister-in-law, Stephanie. Lillie and Noah, Adrian’s niece and nephew, took on the roles of Flower Girl and Page Boy and they certainly delivered the cute factor for the day!
As departure time arrived, I helped Vikki’s dad, Terry, pop the champagne to settle the last-minute nerves. Guests began arriving nearby to be transported to the church in a classic red double decker bus – what a fantastic touch! All aboard, next stop St Matthew’s Church!
I headed to the church (by car!) to meet Adrian and his team – best man Richard and usher Chris. Unfortunately, this is when the rain decided to make an unscheduled appearance so we headed straight into the beautiful building. Such a delightful venue but a ‘no flash’ rule presented me with a challenge! Time to work my magic to make sure those key moments were flawlessly captured – no one said a photographer’s job was meant to be easy and every wedding offers new challenges, a part of the job I eagerly embrace.