Rain did not stop play...
It was some what ironic that this pair had been planning a sunshine filled Majorcan wedding day for 2020 which was scuppered a number of times due to ‘that which shall not be named’ ….and as an alternative these guys planned an English country wedding in their Oxfordshire village, where the great British weather decided to give them rain…and possibly the rainiest day I have ever seen at that (other than my own wedding day which poured down!) I think this wedding is testament to the fact that love wins, rain does not!
Like I was reminded on my own big day by my new brother in law …rain on a wedding day is lucky…a wet knot is a tighter knot and therefore rain on your wedding day makes for a stronger marriage. Who knows if those old tales are true but what I can say is this pair OWNED the rain and even embraced it and did not let it dampen anything! From Melissa still walking the 5minutes to the church under an umbrella with her Dad, to standing and kissing in the rain for me and even ending with a night time rain portrait…it actually made for some magical wedding day photos and certainly a lot more memorable! Advice to any couples reading this…prepare for rain, expect rain and if it does arrive just go bloody dance in it... cos you simply can't change it!
Melissa curated and planned every beautiful detail of their big day. With a stunning gown from Serendipity and eye catching yellow bridesmaid dresses and blooms to accessorise from Julia at Beautifully Wild, these guys all looked like show stoppers. Becky Lake did the girls faces to perfection and Kate MacAngus had created some one of a kind jewellery that finished Melissa’s look off perfectly.
The ceremony was at the church 5 minutes from their house, and it was packed with well over 100 of their nearest and dearest. Their vicar made for a super up beat ceremony and the pair of them did not stop grinning as they finally got to say I do…Charlie’s incredibly enthusiastic hymn singing had me in stitches!
Following the ceremony we captured the family portraits at the top of the aisle to avoid the rain and then took the lads outside for some peaky blinder inspired cigar shots complete with caps! Charlie got so into his lads photos that once we finished I had to remind him he needed to stick around for photos with his new gorgeous wife! I dragged them off to a local field with a lake and under an umbrella we captured their first moments as man and wife! We even got a break in the rain for some more photos before we drove to Wardington Village hall for them to join their party. And party they did! It went off!
The speeches produced some of the biggest laughs of the year for me. This pair have known each other ever since school days so there were a lot of tales to tell. Even their old school teacher sent some words to be read out at the wedding which was a big surprise to them. To add to the surprises the couple even danced their own choreographed dance routine complete with lifts and spins…great work guys!
Before I left them to dance, drink (and eat thanks to Websters Catering and Looby Loo Cake Company) the night away I dragged them outside for some night time flash portraits in the rain! Using the porchway of the hall and some off camera flash we lit the newly weds up and did a dramatic dip and kiss to end the night!
Melissa and Charlie you have been a delight to work with from enquiry call to engagement shoot to final image delivery. You have made me laugh and smile along with you and it was so lovely to see how totally in love you are and have the best day. Thank you for trusting me and gifting me bubbles!! X
Thank you to the fab suppliers who helped create a beautiful day:
Dress: Serendipity Brides https://serendipitybrides.co.uk/
Jewels: MacAngus Designs https://macangusdesigns.com/
Make Up: Rebecca Lake https://www.lash-chic.co.uk/
Florals: Beautifully Wild Floral Design https://instagram.com/beautifully_wild19
Bow Ties: Dickie Bow https://www.dickiebow.co.uk/
Cake: Looby Loo Cake Company https://www.instagram.com/loobyloocakeco
Catering: Websters Event Catering https://websters-events.co.uk/