Last September 2013 saw me covering the wedding of fellow wedding photographer Rebecca, who married Greg at their Easton Neston Church Wedding. Shooting a wedding of another professional is a little nerve-wracking in the build-up, but in all fairness I’ve shot the weddings of a few photographers and film makers now and I don’t know why I worry as they’ve all been great to work for, very laid back and totally not camera-aware at all.
The church at Easton Neston, near Towcester in Northamptonshire is a real beauty, set in the most beautifully secluded location. It dates back to the 13th century, when the main Towcester to Northampton road ran alongside, and served the communities at Hulcote and Easton Neston where royalty, from Queen Elizabeth the First to Charles the First, stayed at the Manor House on the estate where the church is located.
Rebecca & Greg have very kindly agreed to answer some questions about their day and their answers are below along with a selection of some of my favourite shots to tell a mini-story of the day.
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”We got married at The Church of St Mary at Easton Neston; this was such a stunning church overlooking lots of gorgeous countryside. We wanted to get married there as Greg was a best man to one of our best friends there and was also made godfather to their baby girl. Our reception was held on land owned by an old client of mine which we were very lucky and grateful to be able to use. It’s a beautiful spot surrounded by endless fields, trees, flowers and lakes – something we both had always wanted from the moment we got engaged.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”My amazing mum arranged & picked all of the flowers (with a little help from us all the day before too) – there were so many tins, watering cans, pots and jam jars full of them. I love that my mum could do this for us both and she did such a fantastic job and I will never forget that my mum made my wedding bouquet. Something so personal and I love the fact that I can say my mum did my wedding flowers.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”We first found Ian on the WPJA website. We knew we certainly didn’t want to spend the day posing for photographs as we wanted to enjoy the day we had spent nine months planning and spending money on. Ian was perfect for this as we didn’t have to spend hours posing (I think we even did all the groups and portraits of the both of us in 30min – perfect!) – We met Ian at his home and I loved the photographs on his website and on his office wall! He made us feel relaxed straight away and we knew we were going to book him there and then. We loved his black and white photographs the most, the power of emotion in a black and white photograph is what we wanted and we got plenty of them. Your wedding photographs are one of the most important things you will spend your money on during your wedding, they are the memories you will have forever. We love looking through our wedding photographs all the time, it really was the best day of our lives and we are still ‘buzzing’ from it nearly a year later – it’s great to have photographs that tell the story rather then everyone standing in a line. We wouldn’t have had any other style of wedding photography and I would always recommend Ian to others.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”Confetti – We have been together almost 11 years now. I had a collection of dried rose petals from the bunches of roses Greg had given me over the years and this is what we used for our confetti. Admittedly Greg did have to buy a few more bunches before the wedding day but it was so lovely that the confetti on our wedding day was from the last 10 years of our relationship. Total cheese I know!”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”When we were planning our wedding, we knew their were a few things we really wanted; all of our nearest and dearest family and friends to be there celebrating with us, the reception to be outside, flowers everywhere, a band was a must, plenty of fizz for everyone, fillet steak – and oak beer barrels somehow had to be a part of it. We wanted it to be be one big celebration with everyone and we were so lucky that everything about it was exactly as we both imagined, even the weather.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”Decorations – We did all the decorations ourselves with a little help from both parents, bridesmaids and ushers. Greg’s Parents made the gorgeous wooden signs (on a garden fork) with Mr and Mrs Timms printed on – we still have this in our garden now. We got some very large old beer barrels from ebay and used them as tables outside during the reception. The old wooden ladder was another ebay find, and we used this for our table plan with vintage pegs and tins of flowers. I think everybody we know was collecting jam jars and tins for us. We also collected a mixture of frames with old photographs of our parents and our grandparents on their wedding days.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”Catering – all I can say is wow! Lemon Zest were absolutely perfect in so many ways. We had delicious canapés as our guests arrived at our reception. For our main we had the most tender, juiciest fillet steak and king prawns (posh surf and turf) I have ever tasted – I still get comments about how amazing it was and how they managed to serve 100+ people. How all the fillet steaks were cooked and presented so perfectly I will never know – amazing! For desert we had toffee profiteroles with chocolate sauce, again fantastic. The staff were excellent as we didn’t have an official wedding planner or someone to direct it all. Linda and her team from Lemon Zest made sure everything ran smoothly for us on the day and were perfect. If you can book them at your venue, they are a must! My fabulous Dad made our delicious wedding cake, my beautiful Granny helped him ice it, and mum added the finishing flowers to the cake. We couldn’t have asked for a better, more personal wedding cake.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”Favours – We are both obsessed with krispy kreme doughnuts and we couldn’t think of a better favour. So on the morning of the wedding we had 105 fresh kripsy Kreme doughnuts delivered to our marquee. We named our tables after Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Lemon Zest popped them on to the tables matching the donuts’ names.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”The Weekend were our band. We always knew that we wanted an acoustic set during the drinks reception and a full-on band during the evening. We loved the atmosphere it gave to our wedding in the day and then in the evening. At some point there was even a spontaneous sing off – those photographs I will cherish forever! They were a fantastic band and really got everybody dancing just the way we wanted.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”Bar – Our friend Chrissey owns his own marquee bar company called Barred and again I would recommend him forever. We had a fantastic selection of drink and he and his staff were so professional all day. We knew our family and friends love a wide selection of drink and certainly know how to have a celebration and I still think we may hold the record for the most champagne and Jager ever drank at a wedding.”[/creativ_alertbox]
[creativ_alertbox icon=”thumbs-up” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]Rebecca & Greg’s Top Tip: “Do literally whatever you both want to do. I loved planning our wedding with my Fiancee and even though I am sure there were a few stressful times, all I remember from it are the many fits of laughter we had during the fun bits and the staying up till 2am finishing off our order of service, other wedding stationery or DIY bits. Our wedding day was literally the best day of our lives so far and we loved every second of it.”[/creativ_alertbox]