18 Jun Greg and Suzannah, Staffordshire
Greg and Suzannah’s wedding was awesome; somehow being both hilarious and beautiful at the same time with no shortage on the sincerity front either.
When I arrived at Suzannah’s family home in Derbyshire in the morning, the girls were already running ahead of schedule. I think excited anticipation of the day ahead was to blame. (It didn’t let up throughout the rest of the day either – everything ran ahead of time!) With the bridesmaids in their beautiful duck egg blue dresses, Suz was itching to get into hers as well.
I managed to catch a glimpse of her father rehearsing the musical piece he was to bring to the reception before whisking myself off to St Michael’s Church in Rocester, near Uttoxeter, where Greg and his groomsmen prepared for the ceremony. Amongst the fooling around, I love the shot my assistant, Olivia, caught of Greg’s quiet preparation at the front of the church, moments before Suz’s entrance.
We never quite knew where we stood with the rain – it came and went all day, but never got in the way of the enjoyment. I know it’s not what every bride dreams of, but to be honest, I love the light that comes with those slightly overcast, rainy days – it just can’t be beaten! The wonderful arches and covered areas of Croxden Abbey provided us with enough shelter for some gorgeous couple portraits.
Onto the reception at Alton Village Hall, where beautiful Cath Kidston table decorations and bunting, a hog roast and some great dancing to The Cherry B’s sweet harmonies would have been enough to sum up a wonderful day. But there was more surprise in store. I guess with two professional comedians amongst the groomsmen, hilarious entertainment was on the cards but I don’t think anyone was expecting what was to come when Greg took to the stage and amazed us all with his, er, ‘special’ performance of R Kelly’s “Bump n Grind” (You can read more about it in his interview with I Am Staggered).
The wedding invitations and monogram designs can be seen over at Hannah Beatrice Illustration & Design.
Thanks to my lovely assistant, Olivia Hart, for the pictures from the front of the church especially, and more throughout the day. (Between us, I think we got every stage of that bouquet toss!)