Kim & Chris' Hertfordshire wedding was definitely in the category of international. Kim is Australian and so had a lot of her family come to the UK for the wedding. Having worked and lived in L.A. for years, many of her friends made the trip from California to be here as well, including bridesmaid Kym (also Australian; there's two Kym/Kims so pay attention), and bridesmale Darren (celebrity photographer from Hollywood - he's a big deal). All in all, a lot of airmiles covered! I met with Kim, Kym, Darren, and most of Kim's family at The Wellington. This historic bulding on the high street in Welwyn was restored after a fire in 2009 and looks fantastic. Great food, great coffee (important after a 2 hour drive) and great rooms for getting ready in.
After hanging out with our beautiful bride and her also very beautiful bridesmaids (Kim's two nieces and Kym), I drove to The Priory Barn, where the ceremony, reception and rest of the celebrations would all be taking place. It's currently listed as #21 out of the top 100 wedding venues in the UK and it's easy to see why. It really impresses. A tastefully converted building, well maintained grounds and superbly attentive staff all contribute to making a wedding smooth and enjoyable.
Talking of smooth: Chris' blue suit. Enough said. I remember one of my first words to him was "Sharp".
The ceremony sticks in memory as the first (and only) time I've ever been singled out by the registrar and asked if I got the shot of the bride and groom kissing. Yes I got the shot (of course), but if they want to go ahead and kiss again, don't stop them on my account!
After the ceremony (and a great recession to Calvin Harris - Feel So Close), everyone went to the gardens where Peepshow Paddy was providing the music from his Disco Shed. Paddy and his shed play at festivals all over the world, and know exactly how to build a soundtrack for an afternoon in the sunshine. For anyone looking for a brilliant and alternative wedding DJ, Paddy comes highly recommended.
After superb speeches which were in turns emotional and hilarious, we took the opportunity for a few portraits of Kim & Chris in the grounds of The Priory. The best portraits happen when it's completely natural, and I always try to just give people the space and opportunity to enjoy some quiet time together.
The evening entertainment was again courtesy of Paddy in the Disco Shed, alternating with the live band. Kim & Chris put a lot of importance on capturing the evening events, so I stayed partying with them as the night progressed. More great food, lots of cheese, superb music and Kim's second gorgeous dress of the day. What a way to finish!
If you were a guest at the wedding and would like to see the full set of images, please visit the gallery or take a look on facebook. Comments are welcomed at the bottom of this post and always appreciated by the bride, groom and future couples.