Sometimes I smile to myself behind the camera, I love my job so much! Isabelle and Emyr's wedding was one such occasion. An absolute joy from beginning to end, their traditional church and marquee wedding was accompanied throughout the day by the harmonies of singing, wind and string instruments and keyboard. Isabelle and her father walked down the aisle to her brother playing trumpet, followed by violin solo, and a trumpet and vocal duet during the signing of the register. The sounds of saxophone interjected the speeches with perfect comedic timing, and the groom picked up his clarinet and joined his band on stage after the first dance.
But for me, there was something even more special about this wedding. Well, actually two things. The first, was that the date of the wedding - 12th September 2015 - was the day of my own wedding anniversary, our 17th to be precise. I wouldn't normally book a wedding on our anniversary; whilst I love my job, I love my husband more! And after all, the date doesn't fall on a Saturday all that often. But with my husband's blessing, I made an exception for Isabelle and Emyr's special day, despite never having met them before. Why? Well, because my Dad was conducting the ceremony.
Yes, I'm a vicar's daughter. As a teenager growing up in a small town, having a vicar (technically a Rector, but I'll keep things simple) as a father wasn't always beneficial. Sorry Dad, but let's be honest. But now it has its advantages. Granted, this was the only word of mouth referral my father's ever given me (he is retired after all, and this wedding was a one-off special for friends), but I do seem to have a knack of persuading reluctant clergy that I'll be perfectly behaved if I can stand up-front, rather than their preference of photographers staying hidden in the darkness at the rear of the church. What's more, I know most of the words to the hymns and prayers, and happily sing along in-between shutter clicks, which always goes down well.
But what was especially wonderful about photographing Isabelle and Emyr's wedding, was that my Dad also conducted our own wedding ceremony those 17 years before. I felt inordinately privileged to capture the moment as my father read out their vows, and admit to getting a little emotional behind the camera as it brought the memories flooding back. As vicars go, my Dad's pretty funny too - as you can see from Isabelle's bursts of laughter in the photos! So for me, an extra special wedding, and the opportunity to work alongside my father was one I will always cherish.
I hope you enjoyed my images almost as much I enjoyed taking them!
Having a traditional church ceremony? Or a marquee reception? Click here for another recent church/marquee wedding on the blog!
As I write, I have a Worthing Pier wedding tomorrow, three weddings to edit and four albums to design... yes, it's the crazy season! But if you're getting married please do get in touch, I'd love to know about your special day.