It's always such a privilege to be involved in a couple's wedding, but it is even more so when you have a personal relationship with the couple. I've known Lea and Rachel for many years and I was hugely flattered when they asked me to capture their special day. How could I say no? In some senses, although Lea and Rachel are so kind, relaxed and chilled, there is even more pressure when you are photographing for people that you see all the time. As it turned out, I shouldn't have felt worried as everything just clicked and went right.
The morning started with some pictures of Rachel and her party getting ready at her father's house. Dad was bringing sandwiches around and being dutiful as the girls got on with getting dressed, drinking Prosecco and having their hair and make up done. In the images you can see how relaxed and fun it was around the house in the morning.
After a brief visit to the girls (we had a tight schedule in the morning), I popped up and caught the last minute preparations of the groomsmen before they left for a pint of Dutch Courage. By the time I'd arrived, it was dusting off the jackets, last minute fitting of hats and a few flicks of hair being put in place. Once the guys were ready, we headed down to The Park Inn whilst the fellas had a beer to settle nerves. It was handily only a minute's walk away.
From then, the ceremony was held at the incredibly picturesque St Saviours church that is nestled on the edge of the Pennines. The service was full of emotion and love as you can see in the pictures. Immediately after the service, a pair of doves were released to mark the love of the couple. Again, such a lovely touch. Once guests had congratulated Lea and Rachel, we headed to Pingot Quarry on Crompton Moor, a local beauty spot in Shaw, for some individual shots.
Later, we headed to The Old Golf House for the wedding breakfast and the party. The weather was absolutely perfect so before sitting down, many people enjoyed some celebratorary drinks outside. After the breakfast, the speeches happened and as you can see by the huge amount of smiles, the stories and jokes shared were well received. To finish off the night, Lea and Rachel had their first dance followed immediately by a surprise performance for Rachel of a routine from The Greatest Showman - this involved a number of family members and was hugely impressive. From that point, my camera went down and I joined in the celebrations.
Once again, a huge congratulations to you both - such a warm hearted, lovely couple.
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