Delighted to be asked by my neighbours if I would like to shoot their Wedding, I couldn't pull any 'poker face'. If anything I think Iain and Jen were probably panicking at just how excited I looked at the prospect.
The ceremony was in the majestic Malmesbury Abbey, followed by a packed Reception at Winkworth Farm, Lea, 3miles away.
Malmesbury is a gorgeous hill-top town, steeped in history, and sitting on the edge of the Cotswolds a backdrop to the photos was never going to be a challenge. The long-term weather forecast gave the biggest challenge, and changed hourly for the week ahead, anything from full day Monsoon through to a 2hr window of sunshine, in the middle of a Monsoon.
Transport between the Abbey and the Farm was also changing by the day, mostly driven by the changing forecast, but partly by a friend's Helicopter that needed servicing. So Plan A was out, and the roofless Vintage car was Plan B. Plan C was looking most likely for 95% of the week ahead of the wedding.
Luckily my transport didn't let me down, as I flitted between the Hunt Family preparations in Shipton Moyne, and Jen and the girls getting ready a short sprint (for me) away from the Abbey in the Chapel, on the Triangle, Malmesbury.
With an hour to go the forecast had changed again, much to the delight of Jen and Iain, and the phonecall came through from the driver of the roofless vintage car; Plan B was setting off, and en route to the Abbey. The Monsoon had avoided us, and the sky would hang heavy, but dry!
Here are a selection, from the morning through to arrival at the Reception.
* Flowers by Jodie, Acacia-Floristry.co.uk
Beautiful Bouquet, as always, from Jodie at Acacia, Malmesbury Huge hug for Dad Apple Blossom added a gorgeous scent, flowers by Acacia Bridesmaids! Proud!
The arrival at Malmesbury Abbey was fantastic, and fast. Even though I'd attended the rehearsal the night before I somehow had missed that the Bridesmaids were coming in after the Bride, not before!
Confetti as is often the case is banned within the Abbey grounds. the couple hit on a fantastic idea, a Bubble Parade! Although once outside the fence, I don't think Iain had anticipated the confetti.
then it was into the old car, and off to Lea.