So it all started on a sunny day at a wedding fair at The Innlodge in Portsmouth, this is where Ami and I first met the the lovely couple. A couple of days later Louise contacted me to enquire about a wedding package I had talked about at the fair. They knew exactly what they wanted from the word go and it was a honor to be chosen to be a part of their special day. Originally Louise didn't want me to photograph the full day but i knew that it would make it so much more special if I was able to document it from start to finish. The day started at her parents house in Porchester where it was clear on arrival that her dad was a avid Warrington Wolves supporter and I was soon to enter the world of characters from up north. After meeting her lovely mum and receiving the best compliment ever..... I think it was something along the lines of "Louise your photo guy is here...... He's quite a dish!!" we got the day under way. The lighting at Louise's parents was perfect and I knew from the start that this was going to be a very productive day. Here's a image of Louise's dress, it was a classic strapless wedding dress with minimal detailing through out with a cluster of diamante and sparkle on the front.
So now it was time for the hairdresser to do her thing and for the wine to be cracked open. I had to refuse unfortunately, 10.21am just seemed a little early to be having a tipple plus wonky photos just don't go down too well. In between all the activity of Louise getting her hair done, mum filling up everyone's drinks when ever it half way mark and makeup being applied I thought this would be a good time to sneak off and convince Kevin to let me photograph him. When I arrived at Kevin's the house seemed very relaxed and child free which was always a bonus. One by one the ushers and page boy arrived and it was time to get them dressed and hopefully create something they will remember.
So back to Louise's parents house to photograph Louise getting into her dress and capture that moment that would never be forgotten by her and her parents. It was beautiful to watch as Louise got laced into her dress and her dad looked at her with such pride and a tear in his eyes. Those images I am going to keep for Louise and her dad to enjoy first but here is a lovely image of Louise in her dress and the detailing of the back and lace.
So now it was time for me to leave the parents house for the last time before Louse became Mrs Houghton, next stop St Paul's and St Peter's Church in Portsmouth. I had never photographed here before and its always a exciting/nervous feeling when shooting on new territory. Especially when its your job to capture something for them to cherish. The church is a lovely twelfth century building with lovely stonework on the outside and a traditional structure on the inside. Outside the tree's were in blossom and the sun was shining as the guests started to arrive and Kevin's nerves heightened. The ceremony itself was a very traditional but there was something quite beautiful about it, i think it may have been due to the fact that Kevin and Louise never stopped smiling at each other all the way through it and it was clear that the love they had for each other was blossoming even more...... Plus the singing to the hymns was first class and would rival that of a full choir.
I leave you know with a few more images to end this blog. It was a absolute pleasure to be apart of Kevin and Louise's special day, this is one of the reason's I love being a wedding photographer, you get to meet and be apart of such a special occasion for two great people. Here's to the future guys and many years to come. Together Forever!!