The one with Mr & Mrs Peacock
I love Grace. Is that a suitable way to start a blog? Sod it, I’m going with it.
I was/am/will forever be OBSESSED with this couple, they were fabulous from start to finish! Grace got ready at her parent’s house with her bridesmaids, taking a well earned 5 minute break from her prep-time to enjoy a glass of champers on the lawn. She paired the most beautiful dress with some incredible red (her favourite colour) Jimmy Choos, which gave her whole look a really personal twist.
Grace and James were married at their village church, with Monty their beautiful Labrador, as ring-bearer. See, I wasn’t joking guys, this has absolutely been the year of the dog-centred wedding, they’re stealing the show all over the place! Mind you, Monty had to go one step further than the average canine variety, and managed to bark right on cue as Grace and James were announced husband and wife! Clearly, he approved. 😉
After the ceremony, we grabbed some confetti shots before guests were collected in a bus and taken to the Old Palace at Hatfield House for the reception. This place was magnificent! Absolutely steeped in history (did you know that Elizabeth I was sat under a tree here when she heard of her ascension to the throne?) this medieval banqueting hall was a dream backdrop for a photographer. If you are looking for a venue with unique historical significance, you should definitely give the Old Palace a go.
The beauty of the venue was helped along by some awesome weather too, which trust me, was not the order of service for most of my weddings this year. Pretty sure summer actually completely forgot she was meant to be making an appearance for most of 2021, but we caught some amazing golden hours nonetheless. One of my favourite moments of this wedding had to be when I grabbed Grace and James after spotting an incredible orange sunset. Normally my couples will need a bit of cajoling, to tear them away from the drinks and the party…but not these guys. Off we ran in the direction of the perfect wedding shot, Grace (quite literally) kicking off her red Jimmy Choos so she could get there faster!
After all these years of photographing weddings, I also have Grace and James to thank for my first experience of singing waiters, who kept the guests entertained during mains and dessert. They were absolutely amazing and set the tone perfectly for Hand Fulla Soul, who played throughout the evening. Not content with struggling to dance in a bridal gown, Grace changed into an amazing peacock feather inspired dress and red converse, to party the night away with her new husband.
And party they did.
I don’t think I could find a single thing I didn’t love about this wedding. Unfortunately for these guys, they tried to book a photographer and they’ve ended up with a friend for life. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them both. So a big, huge, massive congrats to you, Mr and Mrs Peacock (and Monty of course!)