This was one of those amazing connections that just…happened. I first heard from Olivia on Twitter; she’d been introduced to me through a local venue, and her tweet went something like this:

” “Looking forward to getting @Alexanderleaman to photograph our wedding… “etc. It was the first I’d heard about it.

A great way to get in touch and we hit it off straight away and although a lot changed and it seemed to keep changing we met up a few times for a few beers and at what became a series of changes of mind on the venue, and then the date, and then the venue again, I never once thought that it wasn’t going to happen. Honest.

In fact it’s one of the joys of being a Wedding Photographer in Surrey – I know venues, usually personally as well as professionally, so we looked at venues and came up with ideas together. We discussed other suppliers, florists, stylists. It was social, and I’ve gotta say I really enjoyed being involved from the beginning, with all the stresses that came with the early planning. Matt was and is a pilot in the Navy, so actually getting a date that he could actually be available for was hard enough, so you can imagine how tough it was to pull everything and everyone together at the right time.

Very.

In the end the wedding was to be a stripped down knees up around the corner from where Liv and Matt lived in Pirbright. The Church they knew and the Town Hall became the perfect location for the reception and party.

You’ll notice the flowers. And the room. The styling was handled very out-of-this-world superbly by the indisputable Jennifer Sue Weddings. No corner was left untended to. Absolutely everything carefully designed and placed to provide the most authentic and classy backdrop to the Town Hall. It was like this was how it should always look and how it should be for ever and from now on.

The Flowers. Liv was always going to have Peonies. We talked about it so much that I began to think that she owned the intellectual rights to all peonies anybody has ever set sight on. We were quite late in the season, so there was only ever going to be one Florist who could deliver, and she delivered the goods in layers of the prettiest and most defining arrangements I think I have ever seen. I’m talking, of course, of the inimitable and slightly magical Fairynuff Flowers, otherwise known as aWedding Photographer’s Dream. Perfect elegant arrangements that worked in concert with the styling as well as the bridesmaids, and of course Olivia’s dresses.

Yep. Have a look at those dresses. Just the most fun, cheeky and super styled beauties you will see. Perfect for a Summer fix and carried off with a lovely grace.

Perhaps fitting and in juxtoposition with the boys – all of Matt’s guys in their uniforms might have stolen the show if it wasn’t for the flower girls and paige boys. The picture of the children hugging the Bride and Groom after the ceremony kills me every time.

With close friends and family, and a lot of boys enjoying some well earned leave, in such an intimate and summery location it was somehow inevitable that a full on party was going to happen. What I almost didn’t expect was the level of emotional intensity that was to come, especially during the wedding breakfast and speeches. Maybe having 5 best men (yes, they all contributed a speech) had something to do with it. Maybe it was as simple as having the wedding in a Local setting that wasn’t and couldn’t be pretentious made it possible, but whatever it was I’ll always remember it as a day that I laughed a lot, cried a little, fell in love with the couple, saw too much of some Navy Boys (censored) and didn’t want to leave.

It was an amazing wedding for all the right reasons, and the best thing to be their wedding photographer, yet come away asa a guest and a friend.

 

 

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