“It’s the best day of my life! I can’t believe I’m marrying my best friend! I can’t wait to be your wife for the rest of our lives!”
Chido’s words to Terry sum up the spirit of their African wedding, a day filled with joy and emotion, not to mention some fabulous dancing! They were married in a religious ceremony at Cheshire’s elegant Haslington Hall. The half-timbered mansion provided an imposing setting that was more than matched by the couple’s impeccable styling. Chido looked stunning in her strapless gown and veil with matching lace and Terry was dapper in his monochrome dinner jacket. I love that his groomsmen’s suits were like photographic negatives of Terry’s outfit! The bridesmaids were dazzling in their peach prom dresses and when they joined Chido on the dancefloor for a special flashmob, their sense of fun was infectious!
A helicopter ride always adds that wow factor and when Chido took off with her beau it was a spectacular moment! The weather was kind and we were able to capture some beautiful sunset shots in the grounds of Haslington Hall. The couple look so relaxed and in love, and of course super gorgeous! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Sibanda! Your African wedding was a day to remember!
Planning the wedding was great fun but fairly hectic as we hadn’t much time in which to do it – from the proposal to the wedding date it was about five months. We were also planning to quit our jobs and spend a year travelling around the world for our honeymoon, so there was quite a lot to organise really!
I was clear from the start that I wanted a vintage look. I have a huge collection of vintage dresses and as I’m quite petite I find the old-fashioned cuts are just right for my figure. We had a fantastically fun day trying on exquisite old gowns at Abigail’s Vintage Bridal. Each one has so much personality. She even refers to them as “she” as if they were people! I was delighted with my chosen 1930s frock and it felt really special that I was wearing a piece of history. The veil was a silk 1930s style one especially made by Jean Gallagher of As you Like it Veils. My mum found my hair accessories in an antique shop in Ramsbottom and she sourced some retro bridesmaids dresses online to complete the look.
When Fi and Jamie wanted to have a more relaxed documentary wedding photographer for their wedding we were thrilled. I (Jo) have known Fi since our university days and consider her pretty much a soul sister, so we knew this would be a fun, intimate shoot.
Fi and Jamie chose Chaucer Barn in Norfolk for as the venue for their relaxed documentary wedding photography. The Barn itself was gifted by Geoffrey Chaucer (aka The Father of English Literature) to one of his sons, and considering that Fi and Jamie originally met while studying English at Leeds, the literary connection was rather fitting! The venue was a great antidote to some of the stuffier hotels they had looked at which had strict rules about when the party had to finish. Chaucer Barn gave them the flexibility to do things their way, and stay up as late as they wanted! There was a real intimacy about the venue too: the kitchen became the dance floor, with lots of social spaces and comfy sofas dotted around the barn. This, and the fact they could make the place their own, adding their little touches throughout, meant it felt more like inviting people home, and made ‘getting married’ a little less intimidating.
The wedding colour scheme was influenced by Chaucer Barn itself, particularly a huge stripy sofa of bright reds, oranges and pinks. Fi’s mum grew up in India and inspired her with a love of bold, clashing colours. As she lost her mother during our time at university, Fi wanted to pay tribute to her with an Indian theme, from bouquets to little Indian outfits for the flower girls and pageboy. Fi’s Indian Auntie Zehra was her mother’s best friend and was a surprise guest at the wedding. Auntie Zehra had been secretly invited by Jamie and Fi’s Dad, and it was an emotional moment when she appeared, much to Fi’s surprise! Fi’s sister Zehra is named after her Auntie and funnily enough both Zehras are graphic designers and helped to plan the wedding theme. Her sister designed all of the wedding stationery and her auntie came up with the theme of Indian kites, shipping over a big box of colourful paper kites to decorate the venue with.
“Those close to me know that I’m not the best at showing emotion, in fact I’m probably the worst. But there’s something different about Sara…”
For Stefan and Jeannine this wasn’t so much a destination wedding Germany as they were married in their local church! But if we get to hop on a plane we consider it a destination wedding! I met Stefan several years ago when we worked together teaching German at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. That seems like another life now, but Stefan and his gorgeous fiancée Jeannine stayed in touch and were big fans of the Viva la Wedding videos they saw on Facebook. When it came to choosing a wedding photographer and cinematographer, they were keen to work with us from the outset. For us it was great to be part of a wedding of friends, and what a wedding! These guys really know how to mark an occasion in style, and for me personally it was great to have to opportunity to practice my now slightly rusty German. (Take note folks! I speak French and Spanish too and I sure love to travel!) (more…)
When Donna and Andy told us they wanted us to do their Scotland wedding photography and cinematography on the beautiful Isle of Arran, we jumped at the chance! Donna’s grandparents first visited the island over 30 years ago and since then it’s been a well-loved holiday destination for the whole family and holds a special place in their hearts. It’s the first time we have ever caught the ferry to a wedding location, and what a crossing! The views were magnificent and the island itself was a photographer’s dream, with majestic mountains and sweeping sea views. (more…)