This year, more and more couples are booking me from abroad. Laura and Pete are from the UK but are now very settled in Australia. Through email, Facebook and telephone, we have got to know each other over the last year or so and I was really looking forward to their day. Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean is a great wedding venue and certainly lends itself to the dramatic weather we had on the day. As always, the boys were no way near ready when I got to them but Pete turned out to be one of the few grooms or ushers that can tie a cravat. Laura was incredibly calm when I got to the girls and was in her dress in plenty of time to get used to wearing it.
The service was lovely and it was made all the more special by the fact that their friend played the organ for all the hymns. As you may see by the images, the skies absolutely opened when we were capturing a few images of Laura and Pete together. This may not be ideal circumstances but I think the shot in the archway is a lovely moment between them after they ran for cover. After the emotive and funny speeches came the first dance. This was followed by what is apparently a tradition amongst them and their friends to do what is referred to as the ‘Chicken Dance’. The boys roll their trousers up and well, dance like chickens. I get the feeling that the green shots that were going around may have contributed to the enthusiasm put into this!
Here are just a selection of images from their day. Feel free to comment, leave a message or ‘Like’ the collection.
Just as a side note, at this wedding I was filmed by the BBC for the One Show for a 5 minute film showing what a ‘professional’ photographer does at a wedding. I would just like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Sarah the vicar for letting us in with a film crew, Val at Clearwell for looking after me and especially to Laura and Pete for allowing the BBC into their special day.
I hope you enjoy the images.
By Sean Gannon
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