St Sampson’s church in Cricklade with its impressive architecture dates back to the 12th century and is situated in the heart of this bustling market town. For Victoria & Geoff having a church wedding at St Sampson’s was very important to them and a great deal of thought and preparation beforehand made sure this was a very special Ceremony.
No-one can control the weather but I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that if it rains on a wedding day it brings luck to the bride & groom. Even though it was rather wet no-one was at all bothered in fact there were lots of smiles and giggles from the guests as they arrived and I got some great shots. The porch by the main door was full of umbrellas which was fine except after the Ceremony the bridal party went out of that door and all the other guests (about 120 of them) left by the opposite door. There was quite a rush as the guests ran round the side of the church in the rain to retrieve their brollies!
I mustn’t let this little story detract from the beautiful Ceremony which was led by Revd Dr Shirley Danby assisted by Lay Minister, Katy Bell. The two Bestmen, Jacob and Emrys, both aged five did a great job and didn’t falter as they walked forward with the wedding rings. Victoria’s two sons Jay & Leon gave her away and Jasmine her daughter was one of the nine bridesmaids. Laura the chief bridesmaid invited the children to come forward to listen to that lovely story of ‘The Owl & the Pussycat’. Laura turns the pages of the book to show the children whilst the two youngest bridesmaids, Ayanna & Lilly both eleven read the story, which they did beautifully.
There were quite a few group shots to be taken after the Ceremony but we were lucky as the rain wasn’t too bad and there was a large tree near the porch which the guests sheltered under. No-one needed much encouragement to line up along the path to throw confetti at the bride & groom – everyone loves this moment! Brollies came down making sure the confetti hit their ‘mark’!
Afterwards the guests made their way to The White Hart in the High Street whilst Victoria & Geoff and myself went back into the church for those special pictures of the two them. It was a lovely time to take pictures; all quiet in the church with beautiful light coming through the stained glass windows and a stunning couple to photograph. I took a few more pictures by the main porch before we left for The White Hart.
You can imagine the reception the couple got as they walked in! There was around 150 people waiting for them and everyone wanting to give them a hug. This was time for me to get some candid shots and capture some of the lovely decorations and details Victoria had organised. There were two wedding cakes, lots of jars of Nutella personalised with the couple’s names on the top, goodie bags, a ‘Tree of Love’ for guests to pin messages on and a tantalising sweetie table. To top that there was flowers and candles everywhere.
This was a wonderful wedding to photograph. Victoria & Geoff are a great couple and so I am delighted to have captured the love they have for each other through my pictures.
Love and best wishes to you both.