Back in September I documented the wedding of Evelyne and Laurent. The ceremony was at my local catholic church here in Malmesbury, St. Aldhelms’s and the sumptuous reception was held at Whatley Manor. Whatley Manor is becoming one of my busiest venues and I have several other weddings booked there in 2011. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, Whatley Manor really is the most wonderful of country escapes – a perfect place for an intimate wedding.
Evelyne and Laurent, are actually Belgian, though living here in the UK. As Belgian tradition dictates, their civil ceremony was held in their home town the week before the wedding, followed by the Catholic celebration here in Malmesbury.
I have photographed weddings in France and have also photographed weddings in the UK of French clients, but this was the first time I had had the opportunity to witness a full-blown Belgian wedding. Complete with table dancing, incredibly inventive speeches, impromptu dancing and home movies celebrating the life of Evelyne and Laurent.
It was a joy to photograph this wedding. As always the images were created in my documentary style – the importance of the wedding is the event unfolding, and I aimed to capture the wedding as unobtrusively, but crucially, accurately as possible.