Claire Wakefield wedding photography engagement

Luci and Micky at Barnacles Bedouin tent.

It’s not very often that you get to photograph a wedding and say that you’ve known the bride since she was 9 years old. But I had that privilege with Luci and Micky. For that reason alone, it was always going to be a special wedding, but I don’t think I realised beforehand just what a great day it really was going to be. What. A. Couple. Super relaxed and so much fun. They made my job easy and stress free with simply being told ahead of the day, ‘We trust you.’. No pressure there then…

Now I would like to say that the English weather played ball for the day, but alas Luci and Micky were served up monsoon style downpours in the days leading up to the wedding and the morning itself. If that had been me, honestly, I don’t know how I would have handled it. Thankfully Luci took it all in good humour and was so composed and calm telling me that it only rains on the strongest couples. Amen to that.

So I leave a very cool, calm and collected bride and head to the church to meet Micky and his groomsmen. By his own admission when I arrived he was a bit ‘jelly legged’, which a few shots of the best man’s hip flask were helping him to contain. As the guests arrived and the rain didn’t show any signs of easing the groomsmen sprung into action with their umbrellas (one perk of all being massive golf enthusiasts) and they started to shuttle in the guests, meeting them at the lych gate and walking them in. I was so impressed with the operation and how when the bride herself arrived and the heavens opened, she never would have known. Umbrellas everywhere!  They were making sure that their groom’s bride was arriving as dry as possible. Heroes.

Luci and Micky got married at St Peters Church in Aston Flamville, the cutest little chapel with so much character. As Luci walked down the aisle Micky well and truly looked like the cat who had got the cream. Jaw to the floor! And quite rightly so. She looked effortlessly beautiful in her fit and flair lace wedding dress, cathedral length veil and smile from ear to ear. There was only one small hiccup when their daughter Matilda wasn’t a huge fan of walking down the aisle herself.

After the service we had a few photographs outside of the church and then the new Mr and Mrs Rollins headed in their Morris Minor to the Bedouin Tent at Barnacles Restaurant. A stunning venue set next to a lake and fields. As the guests arrived and the fizz started flowing you couldn’t take the smiles from Luci and Micky’s faces. I was prewarned beforehand that Micky might not like to have his photograph taken but I didn’t see any objections from where I was standing is all I’m going to say. Luci and Micky wanted more natural photographs of the two of them so we kept our couples only time to a minimum, in which time you could just see what the day meant to them and how much fun they were having.

Then to the speeches. A perfect blend of sentiment from Sandra (MOB) coupled with humour from micky and his bestman, who did not hold back. I was struggling to take photos for laughing at some points.

And that ladies and gentleman is where we ended our day. And what a day it was. Congratulations Luci and Micky. I wish you both and Matilda so much love and happiness for your future together. Thanks for having me. xxx

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