A Sunny September Saturday, as my busiest wedding season yet draws to a close, Sophie & Ollie have finally reached the day they have been waiting for.
I have been so excited to show off this wedding, before I had even shot it! Sophie & Ollie came into my life over 2 years ago when they were pregnant with their baby George. If you scroll back through my blogs you can see their maternity session. They were one of my first proper "clients"! However over the past two years I have begun to feel a part of the family. I photographed George only at a few days old, followed by his Christening - at the very same church they will be saying their I Do's - his first birthday, where he took his first steps whilst in the studio. I have also photographed many of their friends and family over the years, some of them multiple times for family shoots!
So, when I turned up to their house on Saturday 21st September I was welcomed with open arms. It was almost as though I was around for a cuppa, not to photograph Sophie being all dolled up!
Everything about this wedding gets a big tick from me! Incredible attention to detail, full of laughter, tears and love, great weather & extremely good people.
When I arrived Sophie & the girls were popping open the fizz and being pampered by the amazing Amelia Hopkins, @Ahhairdressing & Katie Winter, @KatieWinter_MUA.
I instantly fell into the laid back atmosphere & could really take my time shooting. I photographed all the details, such as Sophie's engagement ring, flowers, garter, veil and perfume.
I had Ben second shooting for me and he was with the Boys in Worcester, although I wasn't there I can tell from the photographs they had a fun morning helping each other into the suits before heading to the pub by the church.
Trish was ferrying decorations back and forth to the marquee, which was at their home just a few fields away. This field was the same location that I first met Sophie & Ollie at for their maternity shoot, so it was beautiful that we had made a full circle from celebrating their baby boy to their wedding day.
Their gorgeous ceremony was intimate, and their wasn't a dry eye in the room, including mine. As Soph walked down the isle, Ollie couldn't look as he knew he wouldn't be able to contain his emotions.
Throughout the service, not so little George who is two, loved standing at the front with the vicar and singing down the microphone. Its fair to say he definitely stole the show and had everyone in laughter.
After the gorgeous ceremony, Sophie and Ollie walked out under the pitch forks, as they were welcomed by the young farmers where the two had met 9 years earlier!
We had plenty of time in the sunshine to capture groups. The flower arch at the front of Inkberrow Church was the perfect backdrop. I was very much used to seeing Ollie in his flat cap and tweeds. So, his Tophat and tails from Heaphys and Peter posh definitely made him look like a groom. His outfit was matched by his son, who looked absolutely adorable, and friends by his side. Sophie showed off her stunning silhouette in her Venus bridal dress which she saw as she drove past in the window of Cathedral Bells in Worcester. It was only the second shop she had visited and instantly knew it was the one when she saw it in the window. "When I put it on it was absolutely perfect."
All this complimented by blush pink and cream, stunning flowers by Anna Brian. They fit in beautifully with the bridesmaids dresses from Quiz. The flowers however were not just on the arch of the church nor in the girls bouquets but on the stunningly elegant horse and cart that whisked the new Mr & Mrs Fernihough to their reception, the entrance to their wonderful marquee by Ridgeway Marquees, and each table as stunning centre pieces put together by the bride herself.
Sophie and her mum Sally own Sugar Star events, so I knew that the decor was going to be incredible. From the sweetcart which never seemed to empty, the flip-flops ready for all the dancing, handmade table plan, personalised serviettes, engraved cake knife, individual cups and saucers for their afternoon tea, hanging lanterns, firepits and endless games for the kids to play outside! I could go on and on describing everything that they had thought of, but truth is they had included everything. There was even a table to remember those who had passed, and another for guests to sign their book, leave presents and post cards into the postbox. They even had an area for people to hang their coats, although this wasn't needed as the weather was so glorious.
The light in the marquee was just the best, so capturing all these details was so lovely. They had the sides of the marquee wide open letting the fresh air & sunshine through, the atmosphere was so chilled.
As Sophie & Ollie's bridal party arrived in the Tractor & trailer, with the newly weds following behind in the horse and carriage, it was so obvious of this pairs outdoor, farmer, countryside lifestyle, which I absolutely love.
The day went on, people were nibbling at the never ending afternoon tea, the speeches had everyone in fits of laughter and some tears, the free bar was flowing and the kids were all making use of the games.
However, unknown to everyone but Sophie, Ollie and myself there was a surprise instore for all their guests. The couple were ready to get the party started....
At the end of the last speech one of the waiters carrying a champagne bucket fell, nearly into the lap of one of the ushers. Shocked, a waiter face down on the floor, he tried to help him up. As he did the waiter burst into song! Everyones faces were a picture and Sophie and Ollie were in fits of laughter. Within seconds everyone was up on their feet, dancing on the tables and enjoying the entertainment put on by the Singing Waiters.
Before the first dance and things got too rowdy I managed to steal them away for a few seconds in the golden light.
The evening carried on in style and the Bride and Grooms first dance did not disappoint, they had been practicing thats for sure. Drinks were flowing, the cake by the Cupcake Fairy was cut and Juicy Jackets fed the guests later in the night.
I put my camera down before grabbing a G&T and having a dance with the girls, it was the perfect way to end such a special day.
Laura Jayne is a professional photographer with a passion for showing people how beautiful they are.