Glyn & Candice’s wedding at Dodmoor House

May 2, 2018

Glyn and Candice held their wedding at Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire. Their ceremony (a civil one) has to be one of my favourite ceremonies that I’ve ever photographed. So much so that I’m breaking my usual blogging style to share photos of just their ceremony.

A favourite because it was full of heart and had a really warm intimate energy.

It’s plain to see how much Glyn and Candice love each other and how much they love and are loved by their family and friends. Plain to see because 1) it was written all over their faces and 2) there were hands everywhere!

Hands can be just as expressive, if not more, than faces. Like a secret code to say what we’re thinking without actually saying anything at all. I love how capturing a seemingly small gesture like holding hands extra tightly or a reassuring pat on the back can add such a powerful layer of emotion to photos. As long as you catch them in time because those moments are fleeting! I’m struggling to find the words to describe it but as Winnie The Pooh would say “…you’re just meant to feel it.”

I think it’s all kinds of wonderful to have the privilege to capture such animated and unbridled emotion. I’m very thankful to work with clients who are so at ease and allow me in to witness it. It’s what leads to the photos that are unique and meaningful; the ones that you can’t predict. Massive thanks to Glyn and Candice for having me and for being who you are.

 

The Bride’s Entrance

Even before the ceremony had started hands were hard at work. Just as I took this test shot to check my exposure Glyn’s Mum reached out a reassuring and well-wishing hand of support. A fortunate stroke of serendipity to catch it. And then it continues with the Best Man in tears.

Mother of the Groom, Groom & Best Man before wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

Flower Girls & Page Boy walking down aisle at Dodmoor House

Bride walking down the aisle at Dodmoor House

 

Giving the Bride Away

The ceremony starts with Glyn holding Candice’s hand with two hands and Dad’s slightly tense hands revealing a few nerves as he gives his daughter away. Swiftly followed by a joke & shared laughter as he shakes Glyn’s hand.

Father of the Bride giving the Bride away at Dodmoor House

Father of the Bride shaking the Groom's hand at Dodmoor House

Father of the Bride laughing at Dodmoor House

 

The Declarations

Holding hands tightly and looking each other right in the eye. Just adorable.

Bride & Groom saying vows at Dodmoor House

Registrar leading civil wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

 

The Vows

When the Registrar called Glyn and Candice’s Mums to the front to witness the marriage, all four spontaneously joined hands and stood proudly together. However, vows are always made with the couple facing each other. But this wasn’t going to happen before a hug and a squeeze for Candice’s Mum. Adorable resting foreheads, giggles, loving looks, tears, a reassuring rub on the back – there was so much love and personality to capture.

Bride & Groom with their Mum's as witnesses at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom making their vows at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom getting married at Dodmoor House

Bride laughing during wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom saying vows to each other at Dodmoor House

Mother of the Groom reassuring the Groom during a wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

Mother of the Groom crying during wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom holding hands tightly while saying their wedding vows at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom smiling during their wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

 

The Readings

Glyn and Candice didn’t let go of hands for one minute. So lovely.

A bridesmaids doing a reading during a civil ceremony at Dodmoor House

A reading during a civil wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

Groom thanking bridesmaid for doing a reading at Dodmoor House

 

Exchanging Rings

Asking the Best Man to come up with the rings is always good for a giggle! Going into his pocket pretending they’re not there, the Groom giving a look and beckoning gesture that says “come on, hand them over” and a chance to tease the Best Man in return by patting his receding hairline.

Best Man looking for the wedding rings at Dodmoor House

Best Man joking that he hasn't got the wedding rings at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom exchanging wedding rings at Dodmoor House

Groom putting wedding ring on Bride's finger at Dodmoor House

Best Man handing wedding ring to Bride at Dodmoor House

Groom saying personal vows to Bride at Dodmoor House

Groom joking with the Best Man at Dodmoor House

Bride saying personal vows to Groom at Dodmoor House

Bride putting ring on Groom's finger at Dodmoor House

 

The First Kiss

Well, would you look at those hands! Divine!

Bride & Groom's first kiss at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom hugging during wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

Groom whispering in Bride's ear during wedding ceremony at Dodmoor House

 

Signing The Register

Photographs can’t be taken of the couple while the register is being signed but there’s always a bit of time afterwards to take some photos. The downside of that is that you can’t often get any totally natural photos other than of the guests. But on this occasion, it was different.

While the registers were being signed I took the opportunity to catch a few shots of the guests while they were waiting.

Wedding guests at Dodmoor House

Bridesmaids & Usher laughing during signing of register at Dodmoor House

 

Once everything was signed, Glyn and Candice enjoyed laughing with the Registrars as they gathered up the paperwork and took everything to one side to finish off the formalities. And then as they moved off, Glyn and Candice started chatting with each other so I hung back for a while to see what unfolded. I have no idea what they were talking about but I love their expressions! I think there’s always room for a good dose of humour in wedding photos!

Registrars sharing a joke with the Bride & Groom at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom laughing at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom chatting during the signing of the register at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom talking during the signing of the register at Dodmoor House

Bride pulling a face at the Groom during the signing of the register at Dodmoor House

 

Then they looked down at their rings…

Bride & Groom looking at wedding rings during the signing of the register at Dodmoor House

 

Now my cover was blown!

Groom smiling during the signing of the register at Dodmoor House

Bride smiling during the signing of the register at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom smiling during the signing of the register at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom with their witnesses signing the register at Dodmoor House

 

The Marriage Certificate

Bride & groom about to get their marriage certificate to Bride & Groom at Dodmoor House

Registrar handing over marriage certificate to Bride & Groom at Dodmoor House

 

The Exit

Glyn and Candice were very relaxed and in no hurry to leave the ceremony. I love that they stopped to hug their parents and greet some of their guests on the way out.

Groom hugging Father of Bride before walking down the aisle at Dodmoor House

Bride & her Dad smiling at each other at the end of the ceremony at Dodmoor House

Father of the Bride congratulates the Bride after the ceremony at Dodmoor House

Bride & best Man hugging after the ceremony at Dodmoor House

Bride hugging her Mum at the end of the ceremony at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom greeting guests as they walk down the aisle at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom chatting to guests as they walk down the aisle at Dodmoor House

Bride & Groom walking down the aisle at Dodmoor House

 

Are you getting married at Dodmoor House?

If you are, you might like to have a look at some of the weddings we’ve photographed at Dodmoor. And if you like what you see, then I’d love to hear from you and chat with you about your wedding photos. We do video too if you’d like that!

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