A small, intimate Wiltshire wedding for last Saturday. Monica and Richard got married at Swindon registry office and held their reception and meal at nearby Chiseldon House a country house hotel on the road to Marlborough. So a smaller coverage for a small winter wedding of twenty people but a winter wedding which gained some rare sunlight!
It’s been a while since I’ve shot a Wiltshire wedding with registrars – maybe the most notorious county service in England (?) for their unsympathetic photography rules. In fact the last few weddings in the county have been church weddings, where the photography rules are a lottery whatever county you are in. Last time I had to deal with a registrar there, it was very firmly “walking in…then walking out” apart from the posed up, fake “signing” shot of course – beloved by so many registrars. The following week I related this attitude to a photo friendly Marylebone registrar and wondered why there is no coherent policy across the UK? She shrugged and said that some think the wedding is about them.
So no surprise when Monica showed me the brochure from Swindon, saying no photography. But then neither was there any music for the bride to walk down to. The request from the bride for the groom to walk down the aisle with her was not followed, Richard being ushered into the Garden room. There was even a lengthy debate about which ceremony was requested. Any finally the webcam, which was meant to relay the ceremony to Monica’s relatives in Venezuela, failed to deliver/work? Certainly they saw and heard nothing in South America.
But the key was they got married….here are a few images from the day…