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1. Change of shoes from hot pink to gold baseball
Polly and Simon got married in April 2013 in St Pancras International Station – as Simon had proposed to Polly whilst at sister station Grand Central in NY. A lovely, fun couple, Polly had mentioned her hot pink Vivienne Westwood shoes would be a detail of the wedding day she’d like us to capture, and we did – very eye-catching! And after a full day she changed into a super cool set of gold baseball boots – great memories for the day.
2. Brides not wearing white
Sarah and Beaty looked stunning on the day of their Civil Partnership in January, opting for wonderful deep green and purple outfits instead of the wedding dresses of tradition. And what’s more their outfits had another meaning – they were the outfits they both wore to a wedding of one of their guests. Beaty wore a deep green broderie anglaise trouser suit with satin jacket and Sarah wore a wonderful purple flowing full length outfit complete with spotted tights. Fabulous!
3. Guests getting involved
Fab couple Dougie and Simone hired out a whole Youth Hostel next to Loch Lomond as their October wedding venue for friends and family both local and international. All the guests (including me) took part in pumpkin hollowing as well as decorating the dining/dancing area with a Halloween theme. Fabulous fun and a great way to keep the costs down.
3.1… And Kite Surf Kites as a backdrop
The aforementioned Dougie and Simone met on a Kite Surfing adventure in Costa Rica and got married on a beach out there. Back in a more ambient Scotland, they had a humanist service on the banks of Loch Lomond with the brightly-coloured Kite Surfs gently fluttering in the wind. Unique to them and great for colour splashes and backdrops…
4. Involving the Furkids
I’ve been at a wedding where the couple’s dog was essentially the ‘best man’ and carried the rings up the aisle, but last year photographed a wedding at Camden Registry Office (where no pets are allowed) and then went onto Geoffrey and Lesley-Ann’s house to meet with their lovely doggie who enjoyed the photo shoot immensely!
5. Taking the School Bus
Last Summer Joff and his gorgeous wife Emma-Lee hired an old School Bus to transport their guests from the hotel in Stamford (where they thought the ceremony was taking place) to the lake-side Chapel at Rutland Water where the ceremony was actually taking place. A lovely touch.
In my mind it’s always the little things that make the day even more memorable – whether it is ‘something borrowed, something blue, something old or something new’, fab outfits, quirky decor and different transport. And it’s great to have something exciting for us photographers to focus on. Thank you creative couples!