On Saturday 5th December 2020, I was invited to photograph the wedding of Naomi, a childhood friend from school, to her partner Dave. Of course I was honoured to be able to do this, especially as the government announcements had been changing left right and centre. At one point we weren't sure whether the wedding would be allowed to go ahead, but with a leap of faith they decided to keep the date booked in and luckily they did, as the wedding was able to go ahead, and it was truly something special.
I arrived at Naomi and Dave's house at 11am and the girls were halfway through getting ready. It was lovely to see my great friend Kiri from Kiri MUA there working her magic, the girls all looked absolutely stunning. As you can see from the pictures their hair looked absolutely beautiful, created by Alice Marie Hair.
Nai was decked out with bridal attire, from white fluffy slippers, to a dressing gown with bride embellishments and even her drink had the word "Bride" on it. The details certainly weren't missed here and it's always a joyful thing for me to capture. I always think it's nice to look back on in the years ahead to remember all those details that make your day unique.
Nai's stunning flowers were created by 'Flowers by Alison' and her exquisite Rosa Clara dress was purchased from Hannah Elizabeth Bridal in Botley. The theme was sage green and white and the bridesmaids dresses were a beautiful blush pink, with silver sparkles entwined minimally but giving a subtle winter wedding feel to it.
Nai asked me to capture this moment with her brother Aaron, where she wrote him a letter and gifted him with a clock watch. I will always remember him looking at Nai and saying "Do you know how unbelievably proud of you I am?" which in turn made me shed a tear behind the lens. This moment was pure love, and I am so lucky to have witnessed this amazing sibling bond. This really shone through throughout the day.
Sisterssss, are doing it for themselves! Ha, I always hear that song in my head when I look at these pictures. Seriously though, how stunning. Hannah is Nai's big sis and Maid of Honour. She took this role very seriously whilst helping Nai into her dress, supporting her throughout the day and giving an extremely heartfelt reading during the ceremony, leaving not a single dry eye in the room. Well done Hannah it was so gorgeous and again made me weep. (Why am I like this?!)
Not long after getting back inside and out of the rain, Nai found this very sweet envelope posted to her. Moments like this on the wedding morning are priceless!
WOW WOW WOW WOW! Honestly, I have no other words than that! A truly stunning Bride.
Again, another heart melting moment between Nai and her brother Aaron, where he saw her in the dress for the first time. The dress was a gift to Nai from him, but he didn't want to see it until she was in it.
In December last year (2019) I captured Sophie's wedding (below) where Nai was a bridesmaid and it was so nice to be able to capture Sophie as Nai's bridesmaid too. These two have been best friends for years and you can see how much they mean to each other. I have similar pics from Sophie's wedding too!
Moments before the ceremony ....
The ceremony was so emotional! Nai walked down the aisle with her brother, to her sister - in - law singing an acoustic John legend song, and it was just breathtakingly beautiful. Everyone was crying. In fact, I was UGLY CRYING, you know the one where you just want to give into it and do that really loud sob ... thank goodness I had a mask on and a camera almost bigger than my head.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Fell!
Wishing you all of the best for your future together, enjoy every moment, and I pray that you get to go on your honeymoon sooner rather than later! But until then, soak each other up, love, and be happy. It was an absolute pleasure to be there on your day and capture it for you. All the best guys, love Charleigh xox