The Lawn, Rochford
The wedding of Dan and Ruth at the lawn Rochford was that wedding day, The sun was shining, the bride looked stunning and the groom was nervous and the wedding music was Pachelbel in canon D. As an Essex wedding photographer. The highlight of any wedding day is going to be the perfect weather, the perfect Bride, friendly, bubbly guests, superb venue, what else can you ask for. Ruth was resplendent in her cream silk dress, Dan, smart and slick in his bow tie and cream jacket and ushers to match, a simple hands giving service.
From a photographer’s point of view, everything was in place to take the perfect images, no having to run around and gather people up, none of the guests refusing to smile, no awkward moments of nerves, even the kids were up for a few fun pics, being an all-white walled venue, lots of bounce flash mixed with ambient, even the shadows didn’t make an appearance. The only hard part was the direct harsh sunlight in the grounds with minimal shade, I was able to use that to my advantage later on with the couples individual shots after the group shots. If only all shoots could be like this day, for once even the uncle bob’s managed to keep their oar out of the frame.
Group shots out of the way, individual couple shots were done, the speeches were tearful, which of courses what I was looking for, always trying to be 30 seconds ahead of what everyone is thinking and getting that perfect shot just as it happens especially as Dan & Ruth’s son was giving his “my mum and dad” speech I could see Dan just about to produce the expected tear to top off the day and Ruth wasn’t far behind either, but I think It was Dan who stole the show, best man’s speech was over the top and this kept everyone in giggles for the rest of the day and as with any wedding it’s the speeches that put all the guests in a good mood for the evening, laughing and joking amongst themselves, there’s nothing worse than a groom or best man who can’t produce a humorous speech even taking the Mickey out of themselves. I say to the couple before any wedding it’s the speeches that will set everyone else up for the rest of the day, so any husband reading this blog, please be jovial and happy, and above all don’t be nervous and silent with your speech.
As the evening wore on, more guests arriving the sun starting to go down, golden hour approaching time for Husband and wife shots, and finally the first dance.