Congratulations to Scott and Laura who tied the knot in April!
I started the day photographing bridal prep at the Marriott hotel in Portsmouth. Laura, her mum and her five bridesmaids were getting ready there together. They had matching bridal robes and pyjamas on when I arrived. The bridesmaids had gorgeous deep green dresses all in different styles matched with a dried flower bouquet. Laura gifted each bridesmaid a nice bracelet which they wore. Laura had a stunning wedding dress with lots of floral lace, a long train and a veil. Laura’s dad came up to see her in her dress and she gave him a wooden box with some gifts in. When everyone was ready to go we headed downstairs to get into taxis. The bride and her parents hired a Rolls Royce to transport them to the church.
We arrived at St. Agatha’s church for the ceremony. The groom was very emotional waiting for his fiancé to walk down the aisle. She comforted him during the ceremony by holding hands and giving him a smile. When the ceremony was over they walked back down the aisle as husband and wife and were showered with confetti outside by their guests. We took a few groups shots and the guests headed to the next venue for the drinks reception.
When we arrived at Boathouse No.4 everyone headed up to the mezzanine to get some drinks. It’s such a cool venue, it’s a working boat college so there’s half built boats everywhere and lots of museum type games. The function room itself is nice and modern with a bar and kitchen. We were taken out the back on the pontoon by a member of staff to take some couple portraits on the boats and by the water. I had to wear a life jacket as they said photographers are known for walking backwards and falling aha.
Then the bride and groom where announced into the room for the wedding breakfast. They had a three course sit down meal. The bride and groom decorated the venue themselves and it looked great! They put leafy garlands around the hanging lights and along the centre of the tables. They added some personal touches like the blueprint table plan and designers books as the table names. For the favours they had mini potted plants with a tag on them saying ‘let love grow’. They also had packs of cards scattered around the room which I thought was a great idea, as well as giant jenga and a polaroid printer.
After dinner came the speeches. First up was a very heart felt speech from the father of the bride, then an equally tear jerking speech from the groom and lastly a funny speech from the best man. I took the bride and groom for a few more photos whilst the venue staff turned the room around for the evening reception. We went for a short walk and found a lovely hidden garden.
Once the DJ was set up and ready to go everyone headed back in for the cake cut and first dance. Their cake from Hartt Cakes looked amazing! They chose a lively song for their first dance which I loved and they had more confetti thrown over them by their guests. The guests joined the dance floor and had a great party. Awesome day, thank you to Scott and Laura for having me photograph their day!