It’s been almost two weeks now since we shot Annelise & Peters gorgeous wedding at Ufton Court– a stunning barn wedding venue in Reading.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find the words to convey just how you feel about a wedding and a particular collection of images. In this case, it’s that bit harder as there’s a real emotional connection with the photos too. Annelise was one of my very best friends at school so when we’re together, in my mind at least, we’re still 15. It doesn’t feel like anything has changed and yet here I am blogging about her actual wedding day all these years later. I don’t know how it happened. How we grew up and found ourselves with jobs and husbands and responsibilities, but I feel so incredibly lucky that we were invited to capture Peter and Annelise’s wedding and share in their celebrations. Not only was it wonderful from a photography point of view, but it was an honour to be asked to be the ones to document it for them.
The day started bright an early at a Hotel not far from the barn. When we arrived, the place was so huge that finding the bridal suite felt a little like finding a needle in a haystack. That was until we heard a laugh in the distance- I recognised that laugh right away as belonging to Annelise’s sister, Jess, and we literally followed the sound of the laughter until we found the room. Perhaps not a conventional navigation tool, but it worked!
As time ticked by the morning mist disappeared and the sun popped his hat on. If you remember the first weekend of half term at all, you’ll remember the Saturday being quite a scorcher. Which rang true for the rest of the day too.
Their ceremony was held at Greyfriars Church in the city centre. It was a very personal, very unique service that really focused on Peter and Annelise as a couple. Vicar David Walker did a fantastic job. Prayers were also led by friends and family, with hymns and songs of worship performed by a live band.
The rest of the day, hosted at Ufton Court was very relaxed. Guests were treated to a silhouette artist– something we’ve not seen at a wedding before, but it went down a treat! Not overlooking the space- hoppers, table tennis and giant garden games of course!
As day became night, things got a little more lively with some ceilidh dancing. It was great to see so many people join in and fling one another around the dance floor. Even the bride, with her mermaid dress and the groom with his dicky shoulder didn’t seem to stop. It was brilliant!
And if that wasn’t enough, in between all of that we were blessed with the prettiest of sunsets. A burning red and orange sky lit up the evening and made couples photos a delight.
I hope the photos go some way in showing what a great day was had by everyone and tell the story of their celebration better that I ever could.
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Photography: Sam & Louise
Church: Greyfriars, Reading
Reception Venue: Ufton Court
Hair & Makeup: Liz Patey
Silhouette artist: Silhouette Sarah
Flowers: Sonning flowers
Venue dressing: Michele Cheer
Festoon lighting & Lanterns: Oakwood events
Wedding cake: Catherine’s Cakes
Ceilidh Band: Also known as
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