Bianca and Stuart’s Awesomely Informal Wedding
When you turn up to photograph the Bridal prep and the tunes are blasting out Original Nuttah by Shy FX you know you’re going to have a good day! Bianca’s family was awesome! Her Mom and Dad, Kim and Ron made me feel so welcome on the morning of the Wedding. Kim mentioned that she wasn’t sure what to make of having a photographer wandering about the place but we hit it off and it wasn’t as bad as she thought it would be. Ron was a legend and kept the tea on the go giving me the low down about his retirement plans. The ladies had just got back from The Hair Advice Centre with hair on point! Bianca’s longtime friend Chloe, the head honcho at Everybodies Beauty, was looking after the girls and Mom’s makeup. The atmosphere was bubbly and fun, tunes playing and Prosecco flowing.
Bianca and Stu had decided that for their big day they wanted a party with few formalities of a traditional wedding. The reception and start of the day were held at The Half Moon Pub. A traditional, family-run pub at the heart of the Surrey village of Windlesham. The Wedding cake was a choice Leopard print number decorated with edible skulls that needed to be seen to be believed. The couple hired a big red London bus from 1950’s Bus Hire to ferry the guests from the Half Moon over to Weybridge Registry Office for the ceremony and then back to the pub for some good food and beers. As the Bride and Groom were hopping on the bus for the return journey, I parked up and jumped on to get some shots from the journey. Stu’s Bestmen Vince and Dan were full of banter all day keeping the mood light and made the whole day a good laugh. It was actually Dan’s birthday on the day of the Wedding a fact he kept winding the couple up with throughout the day.
In with the theme of the Wedding, the photography was an informal affair. The couple had requested reportage style for the most of it. Along with this, a few group shots, some setups of the couple and as many as possible of their young son Hunter. I have four kids so I’m usually pretty good with children but Hunter didn’t take to me straight away as he’d only just woken up. Janet, Stuart’s Mom, kept me on task and we managed to get some good shots of the little man before the day was out. Young kids are always going to be a bit of a wildcard when it comes to Wedding photographs. For formal group photos, I always say you can spend twenty minutes trying to persuade a child to do one shot or do all the shots in twenty minutes. It’s always wise to play to the attention spans of children. They are in charge when it comes to what they will or won’t do. Keep them in a good mood and you’re rewarded with some good informal shots of the little ones doing their thing throughout the day.
Some great speeches, lovely guests and family and awesome dancefloor antics finished off a great day.