Another day of sun for yesterday’s wedding, that’s all you can ask for really. Well, that and an amazingly laid back bride and groom, a great venue, an accommodating vicar and great guests. I had it all yesterday as I travelled over to Berkshire as the Monkey Island wedding photographer for the the stunning Julie and her soon to be husband, Michael. I’d been looking forward to doing the photography for this wedding for some time and it didn’t disappoint. After some extremely relaxed bridal prep shots at Julie’s parent’s house, it was a two minute walk to the local church, St James, in Ruscombe. I met Michael at the church, he was nervous and probably had even more reason to be given the fact his best man had injured himself and couldn’t make the wedding (his brother made an excellent stand in actually).
Following the ceremony, it was off to the reception on Monkey Island in Bray, near Windsor. People of my age will associate this with endless hours wasted on computer games back in the early 90s, but this one’s a Berkshire wedding venue, and a very nice one at that, as you’d expect with a county as nice as Berkshire. I met the bride and groom there a few weeks ago and it chucked it down, today though it was all sunshine and the good weather makes for a cracking venue by the river (although the peacocks strolling around the grounds did throw me a little bit, as a wedding photographer I get to see some things but I’d not encountered these before….). Some reportage shots of the guests, a few formals (thanks goes to one of Michael’s ushers at this point, who’s ushering skills were quite exemplary!), some detail shots and it was then off for the bride and groom portraits before heading back for the wedding breakfast. At this point I guess I should pay special thanks to the (original) best man. If you happen to be reading this, rest assured your meal was every bit as good as you’d have liked it to be and was very well received by the wedding photographer….
Speeches, cake cutting, some football on the front lawn (where the girls seemed to be teaching the boys a thing or two), the first dance and bouquet throwing all followed and then I was heading home to Surrey some 12 hours after leaving. A long day but a thoroughly enjoyable one. The bride and groom jet off to sunnier places tomorrow and I wish them all the best in what I’m sure will be a fantastic life as a married couple.
Here’s some, well, quite a few actually, pictures from the day. As usual, feel free to leave a comment below and there’s a few more on my Facebook page, don’t forget to click the ‘Like’ button while you’re there….