Recently the team at Mark Lord Photography were delighted to photograph a wedding right on our doorstep! Ellie & Phillip were married at the lovely church in our village, Aston Rowant followed by a marquee reception in the next-door village Kingston Blount.
I dropped Amy off with the groom Phillip who with his Best Man & Ushers who were making the final touches to the marquee. I went to Ellie’s family home & captured images of her & her bridesmaids getting ready. I always love being part of the day from the very start & this wedding was no exception. There is an almost ceremonial feeling to the process of preparing a bride to meet her groom. I love the shot of her Dad giving her a kiss just after her walking down the stairs & her Mum looking proudly on.
It was soon time for Phillip & the boys to make the short walk from Kingston Blount to Aston Rowant, past the cricket ground, village green……& Mark Lord Photography HQ to the church. Amy started taking shots of the guest’s arrival & before long I joined her ahead of the arrival of the bride.
Ellie’s bridesmaids were waiting for her & helped arrange her tulle before she made her way into the church.
The service was beautiful & a very happy couple made their way out of the church into the sunshine. The made their way to their car in a flurry of confetti & their guests waved them goodbye.
We had already made arrangements to stop on the way to the reception at couple of close by locations for the shots of the two of them. The first was Aston Park, which was once the location of a large country house & has a lovely lake. We then moved onto the second location, a bridleway called the Icknield Way.
The couple are both local & love the countryside around here so it was important to capture some images of them with the landscape they love so much. We then moved onto the famous (well, locally!) sunflowers where we captured some fabulous shots with the sun hitting the vibrant yellow.
We then made our way to the reception venue, which was a marquee on a local farm owned by the Clark family who I have done some photography with before. It was a lovely afternoon with gorgeous sunshine & the guests mingled chatting & playing badminton & table tennis. We then brought all the guests together for the group photos. This included a shot of everyone & Ellie & Phillip had requested the help of Jamie the farmer & his Manitou! Luckily I am ok with heights so clambered aboard & Jamie lifted me into the air to capture a few frames.
After the group photographs the guests started to make their way into the marquee for the wedding breakfast. The happy couple were piped into the marquee by Phillip’s Dad on the bagpipes. We captured some fabulous shots of the speeches including Ellie’s Grandad’s expression to the reaction to his grace which was read out by Ellie’s Mum. After the speeches it was time to cut the cake & we then made our way home as they hit the dance floor.