A break from the norm for me recently as I headed out of my Surrey comfort zone and drove out to Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds to be Becky and Dave’s wedding photographer at Caswell House.
It was well worth the trip.
On what was yet another wet morning, I started off with Becky and the girls in the Coach House for some preparations. Becky was the epitome of excitedness and if there were any nerves before she tied the knot, they weren’t showing one bit. As the bridesmaids went back to their rooms to get changed I took the opportunity to head out to get some shots of Dave (who looked a bit more nervous than his future wife…) and his groomsmen cracking open some champagne by the orchard. Then it was back to Becky for the putting on of the dress and then off to the church for the wedding ceremony at St Bartholomews Church in Ducklington, where due to a coach driver without sat nav, Becky arrived before a large section of the Scottish contingent!
It wasn’t long before the newlyweds were exiting the church and before long we were back at Caswell House for the wedding reception. This is where Becky excelled. The attention to detail was fantastic, no stone left unturned (literally!) and the personal touch was very evident throughout the venue. I seem to have been pretty lucky recently as you may have seen from previous blogs and once again we got sunshine for the portraits of the couple and no sooner had we wrapped up the handful of group pictures but the heavens opened again. Just in time for dinner. It was at dinner that Becky and Dave yet again put their own twist on proceedings as one member of each table had to don a chef’s outfit and carve the meat for the main course for the rest of the table. Their efforts were then judged by one of the younger guests and the winner awarded some bubbly, which wasn’t a straightforward decision as there was some seriously impressive carving going on!
Following the speeches where a few tears were shed, it was down to the cake cutting and the first dance. This is usually where it’s wrapped up for me but the band tipped me off that the best man had something planned for an encore. And soon enough, three men with monkey masks rolled into the room and did a very interesting rendition of ‘I’ve got you Dave’ for the groom.
Big thanks go to Susan at the venue for being a massive help on the day, people like this are very much appreciated and she put her all into ensuring everything ran smoothly for the couple. She was simply fantastic. And the biggest thanks of all go to Becky and Dave for being so relaxed and friendly, and likewise to all the family and guests who made me feel welcome throughout. It was very much appreciated.
So, as usual here’s a selection from the day. There’s more than usual here as I simply couldn’t narrow it down any more, which is a mark of how good a day it was. As usual, I’ll encourage you to hit the like button, share with your friends etc. And as always, for Facebook users, feel free to come over and follow my page to get updates on all future weddings I cover. And please leave a comment below if you feel the need…
Next up I’m over at Taplow House for the wedding of Pauline and Bill. Images, as always, will follow in due course.