Not long after I met Carly & Kevin for their pre-wedding shoot it was time to capture their wedding day!
This couple have a long history together because rather amazingly, Kevin and Carly met when Kevin was a tiny baby and Carly was just a couple of years old. Both sets of parents knew each other through the football club in Fishermead and who would’ve guessed that one day these two would be getting married after 10 happy years and 2 gorgeous sons together. I saw the most adorable photo of Kevin being held in Carly’s arms at such a young age and I would imagine that this would be pretty mind blowing for Kev & Carly’s own children to see now.
I arrived at the Holiday Inn in Milton Keynes to meet Carly as her wedding preparations were underway. She had opted to get ready with only her mum to ensure they had a special and relaxed morning with lots of time to spare. I even got a little involved by helping to secure the cross from a loved one to Carly’s handmade bouquet and listening as instructed to the hairstylist’s tips on how to secure Carly’s veil in place.
I left Carly and her mum sipping champagne in their hotel room and snuck out to photograph her wedding dress. This strapless fitted gown, with lace train and diamante detail around the waist was divine. Carly had a full veil and chose pearl and diamante jewellery to ensure everything matched. As I hung the dress over the hotel balcony to take a closer look, a member of staff paused in front of it for a moment and remarked “Now that is a really nice one”. And she wasn’t wrong.
Downstairs, I enjoyed snapping some of the guests as they arrived and I caught up with Kevin and his best man…. another Kevin. I always ask couples for a brief list of the group shoots they would like during the wedding day as I feel having the information beforehand means no precious time is lost making decisions on the actual day. You can imagine how confused I was when I first got this couple’s list, and discovered there were actually 3 important Kevins in this wedding party!
A real family affair, the lovely ceremony was supported by a great number of family members with Kevin’s sister and the couples’ friends taking up roles of being witnesses, doing readings and even filming the service. With such a large family, every seat was taken and the room was full to the brim.
This wedding had an Autumn theme and the preparations for the day had been a long time in the making with table centres being designed during our first meeting early in 2015. Carly and Kevin had created and personalised nearly every element of their wedding day with help from friends and family. Such beautiful vibrant colours for this time of year, all the invitations, flowers, table centres, decorations, the cake and even the adorable little crocheted place names were made by Carly and Kevin’s wedding team. There was a unique tree where guests could hang personal messages and wishes on the branches, and in place of the usual signing book, friends could leave their mark on a hand painted tree with their fingerprints taking the place of the leaves.
The Autumn weather was kind to us and we were just finishing some shots of the family outside when the rain arrived and we ran for cover, just in time for the wedding breakfast. This couple treated their guests to an atmospheric dining experience with the help of a pianist to accompany their meal. From such classics as Stevie Wonders’ ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, to Jamiroquai’s ‘Virtual Insanity’, the mood was upbeat and fun.
During Carly and Kevin’s pre-wedding shoot, Kevin had confessed to me that he was a little nervous about the responsibility of the impending wedding speeches. He needn’t have worried as he delivered a charming speech to his new wife and guests, while his best man unveiled a signed Liverpool shirt for Kevin during his stint with the mic. Much kinder than the grilling grooms normally receive from their Best Man at this point! Last but not least came Carly’s speech, as she presented a gift to a special friend who’s birthday it was today. This lovely couple made sure that the birthday girl was not forgotten and enjoyed sharing their day with her.
As the evening arrived, I stepped outside the hotel to begin setting up the Prop Corner for the reception guests. There was such a beautiful mixture of weathers which took me completely by surprise, with rain, sunshine and a colourful sunset that left me unsure whether to pause and enjoy or run for shelter.
In keeping with the level of thought that had gone into this day, the evening reception followed on form with a chocolate fountain and sweetie table, an impressive contemporary dance from their niece and of course, the Prop Corner to keep everyone entertained.
We had wanted to get some images of Carly and Kevin with the beautiful reds and oranges of the season from around the hotel but we opted to wait for dry and come out after sunset. This couple were so full of patience and grace with lovely manners, I loved working with them and hope they had the most magical of days xx.