Sam and Zac tied the knot last month, on possibly the hottest day in September! We couldn't have hoped for better weather, blue skies, a gentle breeze and whisky clouds. Perfection! The day was full of fun and laughter, filled with an abundance of love and surrounded by friends and family, with subtle introductions of Greek traditions!
The morning preparations began at Sam's mums house, which happens to be just down the road from me (meaning I could stay in bed just a little longer, result!) as I walked through the door, I was amazed at how calm and relaxed everyone was... considering the living room was full of shoe boxes, tissue paper, cards, presents...and, eight bridesmaids! Usually, there's a moment were the nerves start to kick in and everything gets a little tense, however, Sam was extremely organised and was ready in no time! So I headed off to the Church, St James' in New Bradwell, to photograph Groom and his ushers before the brides arrival.
The ceremony was beautiful, with hardly a dry eye in the room. The inside of the church is fairly spacious, so I was able to move around quietly during the ceremony to capture different view points and angles, including reaction from the guest too!
After the confetti throwing, congratulations and group photos, we travelled to Horwood House. Arriving before the Bride and Groom I was able to capture the three VW Camper Van's travelling in unison down Horwood's famous driveway. Once the Bridal car drove closer, I could see the couple poking out through the sun roof kissing, which has to be one of my favourite photos from the day!
After their arrival... and a few more group photos... we walked around the stunning grounds at Horwood to capture the Bride and Groom portraits. I'm always aware of how long the couple are away from their guests for these photos, even though they are some of my favourite images to shoot, I feel it's really important for the couple to spend as much time mingling with their guests as possible. Sometimes the best photos are the natural ones, capturing moments no one notices... that's when you get the real smiles!
Before we knew it, the afternoon was almost over. The speeches were soon under way, along with a surprise performance from a talented guest, who dedicated her song to the happy couple. The evening began with Sam and Zac's first dance, they eagerly welcomed everyone to the dance floor for the Greek money dance, finished by Zac's mother and father who performed a brilliant dance with cups of water on their head! By this point the party and celebrations were well under way, and I think you'll agree by seeing the photographs... it really was a great day!
Congratulations once again, Mr & Mrs Antoniou!