While I’ve had regular weddings all through the winter, Richard and Sarah’s wedding marked the first wedding that kicked off my busy season. It was lovely to get going again and it was especially lovely to have such a beautiful wedding to start the season.
Richard and Sarah were an absolute delight to work with, Layer Marney Tower made a beautiful backdrop for their day and we had some of the most beautiful light I’d seen in a while. There was also the ceremony, where the registrars had to tell them off for being too focused on each other, instead of paying attention to the ceremony. Adorable.
Congratulations, Richard and Sarah and thanks for having me along for the ride.
Here’s what happened:
An Essex hotel. A room full of bridesmaids. Danish pastries and berries. Champagne and a getting ready buzz. Dresses are hanging. Cups of tea are made and consumed. Sarah puts on her dress. The Layer Marney Tower red bus arrives to pick up guests. Tickets are handed out. Guests joke and laugh. We pull into Layer Marney Tower’s drive, in bright March sunshine. Richard is waiting. He jokes with his Best Man. Guests are seated. Richard’s nephew’s walk up the aisle, announcing the arrival of Sarah and her bridesmaids. Richard reaches for a tissue as Sarah walks up the aisle towards him. They hug. They hug some more. The registrar jokes that they need to pay attention. They’re married. They kiss. They walk back down the aisle and off into the sunshine. They head off into the Essex countryside, in their wedding car, to spend some time together. Guests drink champagne in the sun and play games on the lawn. Dinner. Speeches. Wedding photography portraits in the setting sun. The party starts. Richard and Sarah have their first dance in front of the lit up words “I do”. Guests hit the dance floor and party into the evening.