Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A Hedsor House wedding in the snow - Kate and Ian

All over Christmas I have been pondering what I wanted to write to accompany Kate and Ian's wedding photos, as this is a wedding I will hold close for so many reasons.

Worried about the snow being forecasted, the day started off with the lovely Lisa and I setting off from London bright and early to beat the traffic and be sure we arrived with plenty of time to spare. Thank goodness! As soon as we arrived in Marlow where Kate was getting ready, the snow started to fall and pretty soon the Buckinghamshire countryside looked like a winter wonderland.

Despite having up to 10 cm of snow falling in less than 3 hours, the gorgeous bride Kate kept her cool amongst the phone calls about food not getting through the snow, bands cancelling, cars being cancelled and guests no longer able to make it. Her beautifully planned day was left in the hands of mother nature as more snow came and more and more guests called to say they could not get through.

Defying the snow and terrible travelling conditions as soon as Kate and her bridesmaids were ready, we loaded into 4x4's and set off to the venue to meet a nervous groom waiting at the church. What followed was a series of events that will forever be etched in my memory.

After much thought, Kate and Ian decided to call short their day to be the ceremony only, followed by mince pies and mulled wine before those guests that had made it could head off again and beat the snow. In the end (and rather miraculously) almost all of Kate and Ian's guests ploughing their way to Hedsor House to witness Kate and Ian get married, travelling from as far away as Inverness!
As a lone bagpiper piped the bride through the snow into the warmth of the 12th Century St Nicholas church packed with family and friends, there were tears and smiles that ensured a heartfelt and emotional candlelight ceremony that was full of love for the couple standing at the front of the church saying their vows. When turned to the congregation and asked, 'Do you support Kate and Ian in their life together as husband and wife" A resounding "we do" was returned, witnessed by the snow outside. Goosebumps!
Suddenly, the wedding was back on and a plan made.  Family and friends jumped into a 4x4 and headed to Sainsbury's before returning back to Hedsor with food. That evening, guests enjoyed a proper sit down wedding breakfast of hams, cheeses, crisps and various tasty nibbles, followed by a dessert selection of Quality Streets and Ferrer Roche! 
There were thoughtful, fun speeches and toasts to the bride and groom followed by a fabulous, full of energy cèilidh. Whilst the hired cèilidh band could not make it, a friend and talented bagpiper got guests up on their feet to get the party going followed by a laptop of party tunes that had the party dancing the night away.
In the end, most people staying until midnight to party before telling me as they left, "we may have to walk across the fields to get home. But that's OK".

Along with many of those who made it to Kate and Ian's day, Lisa and I were also stranded for the night and so we found a B&B to sleep in before heading back to our car on Sunday morning where, with the help of Kate's family, we had to dig our car out the snowy drive and eventually make our way home to London.

Kate and Ian, what an amazing day! Through it all you kept on smiling and had the most perfect wedding. One where love and friendship was the most important presence and I wish you both lots of love and every happiness in your life together as Mr and Mrs!








A huge thank you to Lisa Brown who second shot for me on the day. One of your first weddings it was certainly an eventful one and you were just amazing throughout it all! Also a huge thank you to make up artist Katrina and her now husband who drove Lisa and I through the snow to get us to the ceremony venue. Anyone getting married in the South of England looking for a make up artist, I cannot recommend her highly enough!

13 comments:

  1. Oh Debs, what a great job you did! Beautifully capturing the emotion & all the fun of the day too. You're truly, absolutely, brilliant.

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  2. What a gorgeous wedding Debs! A great job capturing it all by you and Lisa! Really love the couples portraits outside in the snow, so beautiful, the light and colours are devine! Look forward to seeing much more from you. It's also great to see your style and branding coming together and fit snug in a look and feel all your own :) wishing you nothing but further success in the new year ahead :) x

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  3. This is a beautiful collection of photographs! And how lovely that everyone made sure their wedding was still wonderful despite the weather. The snowy portraits of the couple are absolutely stunning - great work.

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  4. This is a beautiful series of photographs. Well done to you and Lisa! xx

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  5. Beautiful job Debs! You caught so many lovely moments and I love the snowy portraits!

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  6. What a story for their grandkids! I love the spirit of this wedding as much as your gorgeous photos.

    I enjoyed all of these images, especially the ones showing off the narnia scenery - truly magical inside and out x

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  7. Bride facing Iron gate = favourite image from this beautiful set of images! Well done Debs & Lisa :)!

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  8. Simply stunning - everything about the wedding is gorgeous and it's beautifully captured  x

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  9. Beautiful ! I love the vintage processing (well, I would LOL) ... thanks for the follow on twitter, which led me to your lovely blog :)

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  10. debs - you da bomb!
    LOVE the portraits infront of the house, they must be delighted with them :)

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  11. Wow! I found your blog through the "from our hearts" girls and I'm in love with your work! This whole wedding is amazing...am especially in love with the shot in of them walking in front of the large estate..... beautiful.

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  12. These photos, the bride and groom, EVERYTHING are absolutely amazing!!!!

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