What can I say about Dani and Alex's wedding day? Just wow!
I was so looking forward to shooting this one, as the last time I was at this gorgeous venue was for the wedding of one of my best friends...so it was lovely to return in a professional capacity and get stuck into all of the ideas I had been building up in my mind since then.
So it turned out when Dani and Alex first booked me, that Dani;s parents actually live about 6 houses up from myself. So early in the morning off I went on my shortest commute ever, dragging my rolling suitcase behind me, to get some shots of Dani, her parents and her bridesmaids starting their wedding day prep. There were some emotional moments when everyone opened the gifts Dani and Alex had got for them, including some super-sweet handmade bridesmaids scrapbooks.
On to Curradine Barns, and there was hardly a cloud in the sky to greet us on arrival. Win! The upstairs rooms are just stunning, and we were met with the most enormous pastry/fruit/chocolate platter I think I've ever seen. Curradine Barns - you rock! Cue shots of dresses, shoes, bouquets, jewellery, and of course all of the ladies having a fabulous time getting glammed up. Dani had her "Carrie moment" whilst putting on her dress!
Alex and the guys arrives shortly before the ceremony and it was great to spend some time with them before the I Dos, before heading inside to the beautiful stone-floored bare brick ceremony room. By this point I;d even managed to get a few shots of Dani's Dad Pete, who had spent the morning trying his best to avoid me at all costs! Sorry Pete :)
Dani and Alex had a pre-wedding session with me a few months before their wedding day, so they knew pretty much what to expect from the couple shots, but they exceeded even my expectations with how relaxed and fun they were together in front of the camera. I was there doing my standard crazy stuff - getting under Dani's veil, lying belly-down in the middle of freshly cut corn fields (this hurts, by the way!), climbing balconies - and they just took it all in their stride with huge smiles on their faces...maybe they were just laughing at my ridiculousness though...
Anyway! We got some beautiful shots during their two couple sessions, along with Jack their awesome videographer. Possibly one of my favourite couple sessions this year...possibly. I have lots of favourites haha!
Dani and Alex chose a vinyl record theme for their decor which looked awesome in the wedding breakfast room and in the welcome areas, from the vinyl record cake stand, to the table numbers, the personalised record for each guest as a favour, and vinyl records for guests to sign and leave messages on, rather than a traditional book. Oh, and Dani's shoes lit up when she walked - not record themed at all, but to amazing not to be mentioned!
From dawn until dark, this day was just the best! I've been itching to share it with you, so here we go...