Ollie & Gemma’s military wedding at Rushton Hall

July 17, 2009

Ollie and Gemma’s wedding was perfect in every way. I had the best time photographing their day. They’re such a beautiful couple and absolutely adore each other. It really was a pleasure.

It was a military wedding which always has some unique photo opportunities. Exiting the church through a Guard of Honour is such an iconic moment. So when I met with Ollie and Gemma at our pre-wedding planning meeting I suggested that we ask all their guests to line the path after the Guard and throw confetti as they made their exit as husband and wife. With all the military style briefings that went on between the Ushers in the church before the ceremony ‘Operation Confetti’ came nicely together!

The sun shone all day but there were some blustery moments. Gemma and Ollie were knelt at the altar for the prayers, when the biggest gust of wind came through the door from the right and blew Gemma’s veil completely horizontal! Good job the pins held securely! Gemma also had a fight on her hands as they walked down the guest lined church path but carried it off in style. Veils and wind are a fabulous combination for injecting extra spirit into wedding photographs.

Needless to say I had fun shooting lots of details. Claire Bradford’s floristry was amazing. And kudos to Ollie & Gemma (and their families) for hand-crafting all the stationery!

The speeches didn’t disappoint either. Gemma’s Dad delivered the most moving Father of the Bride’s speech I’ve had the pleasure to hear. All the speeches were great in fact. Ollie’s was very heart-felt and Charlie, Ollie’s Best Man, had everyone in stitches!

A swing band ended the celebrations in style.

Some kind words from Ollie & Gemma

“We loved Sarah’s style of photography and the sense of atmosphere in each picture. From the first time we met, we were very impressed with Sarah’s professional approach whilst at the same time, we felt we could relax and be ourselves with her.

Having a pre wedding shoot at our wedding venue was a great way to get to know each other and we’ve got some great shots to remember the day by.

On our big day Sarah was very subtle and kept the ‘official photographs’ to a minimum as we had requested.

Looking through all our photos was fantastic and the hardest bit came when we had to pick 50! Our family and friends have all commented on how the album captures the day perfectly.

Thank you, Sarah!”

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COMMENTS

3 Comments

  1. Jonny Draper Photography on July 18, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    GREAT series of shots Sarah, you’ve captured the day beautifully. I adore your black and white conversions as well, brilliantly done.

    Jonny.

  2. Rosie Lerwill on July 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    What absolutely super pictures of a truly happy and wonderful day! I’m going to have to exercise great restraint and not bankrupt us by buying them all.

  3. Val on August 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Fantastic photos. Love the mix of images and the way you captured the magic of the day.

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