The British summer as always can be relied upon to rain, and as was the case with the wedding of Tatsuro & Rachel Miyamoto. An unusual Essex wedding, the groom and his family being from japan and all unable to speak English apart from the groom, so the language and cultural barriers were quite evident but suffice to say a lovely family as they always are and what a wedding!.

The day started with bridal preps, followed by guests and family shots at the church St. Mary’s in Upminster Essex. The groom’s party were all so polite and the bowing was oh so Japanese I even noticed the groom talking to his father on the phone and even then he was bowing!. The weather by 1.30 was beginning to look rather iffy with large black clouds forming and the guests were all looking up constantly and with the light looking like it was going to be poor I was worried we wouldn’t be able to get decent images inside the church, luckily I had my Nikon D4 which I almost didn’t bring and was going to use a D700 instead with a Nikon 24-70 and sb910 bounced.

The wedding went well and the clergy were quite nice as well and even the father of the bride managed to shed a tear, Then it happened just as the couple was leaving the church the heavens opened up and a torrential downpour with everyone scarpering back to the venue to avoid any more rain, I had to improvise rather quickly getting the bride and groom shots in the entrances and then what happens 20 minutes later it all clears up, oh well that’s life.

Back to the venue, the Chase at Upminster, a barn in a park, all self-catering I thought but no a top Japanese chef and his team were cooking delectable Japanese recipes I had never even heard of before and the sushi was to die for all fresh and hand made. Speeches over which was a laugh with translators going back and forth and delayed laughter, the couple had put on an oriental steel drum band to provide the evening entertainment.