Old Down Manor Wedding Photography: As cold, wet winter days go, this was up with the best of them as I headed off to Old Down Manor for Emma and John’s October wedding. But having spent a fun afternoon with them already at their pre wedding shoot a few months before in almost identical conditions (and witnessing Emma’s very infectious laugh!), I knew it was going to take a lot more than a bit of wind and a few spots of rain to dampen spirits on their wedding day.
As both Emma and John were staying at Old Down Manor the night before, the morning’s photography was pretty relaxed as I just popped from room to room during the course of the morning, capturing a whole host of people in various states of undress – perfectly normal stuff in the life of a wedding photographer!
After a lovely ceremony and a few windy group shots outside, it was in to the warm and time for the eating and speaking. Now I’ve seen a lot of speeches from the fathers of brides but Emma’s dad’s was one of the most memorable – funny, self-deprecating, very touching and very, very clever as he managed to demonstrate how their two ‘clans’ were always destined to join together. He was also a thoughtful, charming man who took the trouble to thank me personally for my contribution to his daughter’s special day.
Following some high intensity dancing that the Scots seem to excel at, it was time to say my goodbye’s and head off in to the night. Of course all weddings are happy occasions but some have that little something that you can’t quite put your finger on. This was one of them. On my way home I smiled several times recalling some of the funny moments in the day. Surely a good sign…
(p.s. a big thank you to Will, my assistant/second shooter on the day who did a great job helping keep things on track and got some cracking shots to boot.)