Beancross Farm – Dawn and Brian’s Wedding
It was an especially hot Sunday afternoon in August when Dawn and Brian said ‘I Do’ in front of their closest family and friends. Whilst I sweated my way through capturing the day, Dawn and Brian simply glowed with happiness.
10 years ago Dawn was working in M&S and used to look forward to the cheeky delivery driver Brian dropping off goods and flirting shamelessly with her. Fast forward to last November and Brian completely surprised Dawn at the Versace Hotel in Dubai by proposing. Dawn then surprised by Brian by showing some restraint at the diamond centre the next day getting her engagement ring made!
Due to the hot weather the groom and the best man made it a priority to stay hydrated.
Sensible chaps that they were.
The venue was a new one for me. Having driven past Beancross Farm loads of times I thought it looked a nice venue but quite small. How wrong I was! It is like a tardis and perfectly set up as a wedding venue.
Dawn arrived with her three bridesmaids, her daughter Jenna and Brian’s daughters Brianna and Brodie.
All of them looking beautiful with Dawn’s proud dad.
The Humanist service conducted by Hazel Sharp struck that perfect balance between heartfelt and humorous.
Complete with lots of personal touches like a quaich ritual. My personal favourite was the handfasting ceremony.
It wasn’t just Dawn and Brian that cemented their love with the fasting but all three daughters also tied a knot to show their acceptance of the marriage. (I’m not crying, you’re crying).
This will be a beautiful keepsake from the wedding.
Grooms with Bouquets (again)
Dawn and her bridesmaids bouquets were made by local florist Irenes Florist.
Those of you that regularly read my wedding blogs know that I have a little fetish…posing grooms with the brides bouquet and poor Brian could not escape!
I think he looks super comfortable.
When I met Dawn and Brian they were keen to point out that they wanted relaxed candid pictures. Just outside the venue was a pathway that I knew I could get them to walk along naturally.
Yes there were cyclists wanting to get past and ugly lamp posts and pylons behind them but I knew a little editing in post production could take care of that.
I also find that leaning people against something ( like a conveniently placed wall) helps to relax couples. Then I just tell a few of my really bad jokes and wait for the magic!
But I couldn’t let them escape without a few ‘posed’ pictures. Especially now they were all warmed up! This is my favourite of their formal images and you would never guess that we were in the middle of the carpark!
Anybody watching me take the next picture must have wondered why I was taking pictures zoomed in on Dawn’s bottom!
But I had noticed that she had pinned a something blue charm onto the back of her dress.
All too soon it was time for me to leave, before I melted into a puddle of sweaty mess. As I drove off looking forward to a cool gin and tonic in the back garden I reflected once again how much I love my job:-)
Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Gardiner.