We met Sidone, James and little Bella, back in May 2016 at a wedding show at The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, the venue they had chosen to book for their special day and one that we know very well.
Over the 18 months or so we held our usual pre-wedding planning meetings, one of which was at the venue. On that occasion, we were joined by Lisa, the venue’s Wedding Coordinator and Mark, the Toastmaster. They are a great team to work with and it is always a pleasure to work with venues who share the same values and offer a great service to their clients.
At that meeting was also the latest addition to the family, baby Freddie had arrived and would be only eight months by the day of the wedding.
With so much time to plan their wedding, Sidone and James could choose and book the suppliers they wanted. However, one thing totally out of their control was the British weather! Thankfully, it is something that, as professional photographers, we always plan for.
Arriving early on the day we began with the bridal prep and groom prep photographs.
Sidone had been clear during our planning meetings that she did not want photographs taken of her before her makeup and hair had been completed. So we took advantage of the time to capture some lovely images of her accessories and managed to accommodate James’ groom prep images too.
A wedding day is a day of celebration, where family and friends join together to celebrate the love two people share for each other. However, life does not always work to plan and for some, it can also be a very difficult day, when sadly, some of those special people can no longer be there to share in the celebrations. And this is was the case for James and Sidone.
They were determined however to ensure that James’ father, who sadly passed away a few years earlier, would still play a part in their special day. From the lapel pins featuring his face, given to the groom and best man, to the pictures of him, that graced the memorial table and right the way through to the speeches later that evening.
By the end of the day, there was not one dry-eyed person left.
The weather was definitely feeling the emotions too as it rained heavily throughout the day and evening. But Sidone, James, their family and friends did not let this stop them from having an amazing time. And, as always the staff at the venue, along with Toastmaster, Mark, all made sure that everything went to plan.
We would like to thank Sidone and James for booking us to capture photographs of their special day and to all their family and friends who were fantastic.
Thank you to Lisa, Wedding Coordinator at the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel and all the staff, including Mark the Toastmaster, who all worked tirelessly to ensure that the day was perfect in every way.
If you are interested in our Wedding Photography Services, please make sure to get in touch as soon as possible as we only book a limited number of weddings each year.