A sunny September wedding for Caroline and Olly. The good weather had to come at some point. It timed it beautifully, for this wedding day. This is the weather you hope for in September. Clear blue skies. A beautiful old English church along with gin and tonic ice lollies…more on that later. I don’t find I actually meet many of the couples who book me, either before they book or before the wedding. But a few weeks ago I had a quick drink with Olly and Caroline at Victoria station. They had booked me nine months ago. Immediately you know the wedding will be a good one. They are relaxed, funny and great company. As I left, I said that if they were like that on the wedding day, relaxed above all, it would be a cracker. They were, it was.
So coverage begins at the home of Caroline’s parents in Lymington – on the edge of the New Forest. Caroline was very chilled. From there a short drive to St John the Baptist church. Set on a hill outside the village of Boldre, it’s like one of those treasures you would come across on a ramble through the countryside. Special mention for the vicar who took the ceremony. If I had a £1 for every couple who told me their vicar was very relaxed (about photography especially) but who turned out wasn’t… Well Caroline and Olly were right, he was relaxed. Even about Olly’s use of the middle finger gesture during the rehearsals…. 😉 He also gave a speech that did actually seem personal about the couple, not just the routine patter, like some. This is a vicar to hire for other churches!
Ceremony done, Olly had just about kept his emotions in check as Caroline walked down the aisle with her father, it was back out into the sunny September weather. The Landrover that had delivered Caroline and her father, was then backed into the churchyard and became the mobile dispenser of the gin and tonic ice lollies. Even the confetti was allowed in the churchyard! (Why can’t all churches be like this?)
Another brief drive, across to The Mill at Gordleton. An inn/hotel in a converted….mill. Artwork in the garden, a secret garden, ducks…a lovely intimate venue. Drinks, canapes, photographs in the sunshine…then inside for the speeches and food. That done, the night having fallen, it was dancing by the bar.
This is how to have a sunny September wedding….here are a few images from the day…