A Wiltshire Wedding here in my home town of Malmesbury, or a gorgeous late July Saturday afternoon? Yes please! Lotte and Mark had commissioned me to shoot their lovely vintage themed wedding here in Malmesbury in 2011. The wedding was held in my own parish church of St. Aldhelm’s – literally a stones throw from my studio. Followed by a marquee reception back at Lotte’s family home nearby.
It was a poignant commission for me at the time; a few weeks before the wedding Fr. George, my parish priest, announced he would be going away from the parish for a while as he was ill. I tasked myself with not only documenting Lotte and Mark’s wedding, but also getting an environmental portrait of Fr. George too.
Anybody who visits Malmesbury may have seen Fr. George sitting on the wall outside the church. He does it often and whilst I was waiting for guests to arrive I spotted him doing just that and chatting. Snap. My environmental portrait captured. There was the context of the ladies having their photo taken in the background to boot.
I love this picture I have to say – it ticks all the boxes for me from a story telling, contextual and emotional point of view.
Fr. George is still working hard at the parish.
The rest of the day was a roller coaster of sun and laughter throughout. I’ve obviously shot many a Wiltshire Wedding but I can’t remember one where the weather was so kind, given the circumstances and location.
The marque was spectacularly decorated with a vintage theme and the guests enjoyed a revelation or two during the speeches.
Then there was the welly wanging. I’d never seen anything quite like it before at a wedding. It was amazingly funny and, at times, fearfully competitive. I certainly won’t forget it for a while.
As usual a small selection of my favourite images from the Wiltshire Wedding of Lotte and Mark below. If you are considering getting married at St. Aldhelm’s or anywhere in the UK then please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your wedding photography requirements.