It was a delight to photograph this beautiful wedding at Gorse Hill Hotel. It is such a stunning local venue.
The wedding took place on a gorgeous autumn day at the end of September. It really felt like it was mid summer, as the sun beamed down. The groom and his groomsmen arrived dressed and ready for the wedding day. They just had to pin on their buttonholes and enjoy a quick drink in the bar before the guests arrived for the ceremony.
Meanwhile the bride was getting ready upstairs in the hotel, with her two bridesmaids and mum. She did her own make up and her uncle did her hair into a lovely soft chignon. I photographed her details including her wedding dress, shoes, flowers and handbags. The couple only wanted candid photographs of their day so there was no posing (except the family formals later), just natural documentary photography.
The day was very relaxed and intimate, with only 30 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Small but very definitely perfectly formed! The bridesmaids preceded the bride and her father down the aisle to the waiting groom, supported by his best man. The ceremony went off without hitch. Immediately after the happy couple celebrated at the front door of the hotel with a glass of champagne. Then it was time to go out to the garden and the assembled guests.
The Drinks Reception
As always the confetti was great fun, made even better with a couple of surprise confetti cannons. Since the weather was so hot the guests were able to take advantage of the gardens and patio for the drinks reception. And there was some rivalry and a lot of laughter as they enjoyed the garden games.
Then after the formal photos I had 10 minutes to capture some relaxed photos of the couple in the gardens.
The Wedding Breakfast
The dining room was beautifully decorated for the wedding breakfast, with whites and greens. The couple had paid lots of attention to detail and the settings were stunning.
Since the bride is Italian, the couple followed the Italian tradition of standing up and kissing every time the guests shouted “Bacio, bacio!” (“kiss, kiss!”) and there was much hilarity during the speeches too.
After dinner the guests wandered down to the Garden Suite ready for the evening party and the arrival of the evening guests. Meanwhile the bride and groom took ten minutes to themselves to freshen up and I was able to get a couple of photos of them on the balcony of the bridal suite.
The Evening Party
The evening reception took place in the Garden suite and many guests sat outside in the covered patio area to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. Inside they had a sweet table and a photo booth. But the main event was the dancing with another confetti cannon, filled with red love hearts, and the traditional Italian music. After that I left them to party the night away.
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