Today marked our first wedding of 2012, despite the bad weather conditions the day before the sun was shining brightly for Louise & Gordon’s big day.
I met Louise and her bridesmaids just as they were putting the finishing touches to their makeup – helped out by Isaac, Louise’s nephew who enjoyed playing with the blusher brush! Louise’s gown was a stunning lacy Justin Alexander number with a beautiful detachable train, she added a nice fluffy shrug to keep out the cold! Her gorgeous colourful bouquet was from the amazing Swallows & Damsons in Sheffield.
Paul, meanwhile, was with the men nearby in the Rutland Hotel – they just had time to check the rings were secured before they headed off to the Prince of Wales pub for a pre-ceremony drink!
The ceremony took place in All Saints Church, Ecclesall. The church means a lot to the family and it was lovely to see how personal the ceremony was with the vicar knowing the family so well. After the ceremony guests helped themselves to cake and a cuppa.
We had a little time between the ceremony and reception so Louise & Gordon jumped into their car for a short drive to Burbage bridge in the Peak District. Burbage is one of our favourite places for a shoot with its dramatic rocks and scenery. On the drive out there we noticed all the snow on the moors – with the sun out we couldn’t have picked a better day for some romantic photos there! Louise braved the walk to the rocks with admiring glances and offers of walking boots from passing ramblers!
We then arrived at Whirlowbrook Hall for the reception, after a few group photos and some enthusiastic confetti throwing it was time for the meal. The reception room was dressed with handmade sewn hearts, glasses with pebbles and candles and large centrepieces of cupcakes from Fancie (my favourite!). The cake had tiny versions of Louise & Gordon in their work wear sitting on top of it- very cute.
The speeches were lovely, really emotional and also very funny, its clear how much the couple mean to each other and how much they are loved by their families.
The evening kicked off with a sweet table and dancing a plenty, we left the happy couple on the dancefloor surrounded by family and friends.
We wish Louise & Gordon every happiness for the future – such a kind and friendly couple, their happiness brought a tear to lots of people’s eyes including mine (several times during the day!)