Hannah & Darren - Blackstock Barn
There was going to be something very special about Hannah & Darren's wedding. Its always lovely to acquire a wedding through a recommendation. Its even nicer if its the 4th in a chain of recommendations! I had been looking forward to this day ever since they booked with us.
The day started with a visit to Hannah's parents house. We had a lovely welcome from Hannah's family and bridesmaids and then got down to taking photos of all the wedding details. Darren had chosen not to have any getting ready photos, so I got to work alongside my assistant Steph in the morning which made a nice change. Its always important to explore your surroundings when you arrive at a wedding in the morning. With the home owners permission of course! We found so many spots to take photos, including an area of flower pots outside and a nice bright conservatory which was perfect for photos of the ladies enjoying some bubbles. The only thing that was determined to spoil the day was the weather, it rained and poured from the moment we arrived, but Hannah was in very high spirits and it really didn't dampen them (excuse the pun).
Before long it was time to move on to Blackstock Farm. Hannah's transport was a beautiful old New York taxi. A very unique wedding car indeed. Blackstock is a venue I know very well. The staff are all lovely and we always feel looked after there. This wedding would be the first of many there in 2014. The one word that sums Hannah and Darren's wedding up for me is "smiles". As a photographer I couldn't of asked for more, the ceremony was such a happy affair with laughter and joy the whole way through. It really was lovely, and all capped off by walking back down the aisle to "Bring me Sunshine". Very apt with how the mornings weather had been and my goodness it worked! We left the ceremony to bright, golden sunlight.
We worked through the list of group photos with military precision. As we had no idea if the heavens would open again. Then I took Hannah and Darren around the farm for a few photos of just them. There are lots of lovely spots around the farm, you just have to hunt them out. This was also our opportunity to get the most important photo of the day, 'Darren's Llama photo'. Hannah had told us that this was Darren's one concern when choosing a wedding venue. It had to have llamas. Sure enough, she found one! Unfortunately the llama was reluctant to come near us, but we persevered as you can see below.
It was then time for the speeches, which mirrored the ceremony perfectly, full of smiles and laughter. As a wedding photographer, and being present at so many, you hear all the classic cliches, and you know when a best man has turned to the web for his jokes. Today was nothing of the sort, the speeches were tear jerking, side splitting and most of all original. It was lovely to hear anecdotes of the Bride and Grooms past and to hear what turmoil befalls a Nottingham Forrest fan.
The evening went down a storm and the wedding party danced the night away. We left the day with a series of hugs and waves from Hannah and Darren's family and friends. We really felt part of their special day, not just photographers. We wish Hannah and Darren all the best for the future.
Location: Blackstock Farm
24th May 2014