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I love it when a plan comes together, and that’s what happened when Kelly and Neil approached me at a Wedding Fair in early 2008. A few weeks later I met them at their home to talk about options. There is nothing concrete to discuss about the Wedding date itself because at that point, it was over a year away; Wedding plans can change from moment to moment.
Fast forward to Spring 2009 and I did a scout around Bradenham Manor in High Wycombe. This gem of a venue has fantastic facilities, great space and great fun to photograph in. I took a few test shots and went through a few ideas so I could note them down to discuss with Kelly and Neil.
The Wedding day itself was yet again another glorious beautiful day for a Wedding! I dropped off Kelly Bond (who was my second photographer for the day) at Bradenham Manor because that was where Neil was going to be very early on. I went further on to Kelly’s (the bride) parents home where she was getting ready. When Kelly opened the door she was just starting her preparations. The make up artist was already working her magic.. A few moments later the bridesmaids arrived with much excitement. Without too much intrusion, I photographed the dress, the shoes, some jewelry and of course the Bride and pretty much everybody else in the house; even though I was clearly taking photos everyone seemed to enjoy having their photos taken. There was the usual initial shyness, but I soon got them relaxed to take some nice shots.
A few hours later, I raced ahead to Bradenham Manor. For some mad reason my Sat Nav took me on a very strange route, but experience has taught me to always allow more time than I need for such time wasting scenarios.
The beautiful Bridal car pulled up to the back of the Manor, Kelly walked into the Ceremony room positively glowing and smiling. Neil looked on feeling very proud. My second photographer and I were well placed to capture all of the ceremony and the important ring exchange and kissing.
After an emotional ceremony came the group photos just on the steps of Bradenham Manor. I always take a step ladder with me so I can get an elevated angle for the big group shots; it also eliminates the chance of shorter guests being omitted from the all important big group shot.
Finally, I have to mention the special treat which Kelly arranged for Neil as a surprise; an Aston Martin DB9 convertible. It was a beautiful piece of engineering and almost gathered as much attention as the Bride did. Let’s just say Neil was like a boy with a new toy!