Bonjour and happy summer to one and all. Welcome to the most sunshine filled McCabe wedding. In short it was HOT (real hot) and took place in Surrey on Saturday 13th August 2016.
As is my sweet, sweet life as a photographer, bookings often come in quite last minute, usually new borns (as it's pretty difficult to pin them down to a date) and at least once a year it seems I get to shoot a wedding for a couple who I might (if i'm lucky) meet just a week or so prior to their wedding day.
As was the case with the McCabes and I am so glad I was available because I had an absolutely fantastic day (and i'm pretty sure they did too).
One of the things about this wedding that I was most excited about was visiting Langshott Manor which was where the bridal prep and afternoon tea took place.
Langshott Manor is a gorgeous, quiet, luxurious place with stunning gardens and FABULOUS rooms providing idillic backdrops for an intimate affair such as this one.
I found Chelsea in her room on the morning of the wedding in the most capable hands of hair dresser Jenny and Mum Peggy. Make up was finished by 9am and maid of honour Shermika was en route to the hotel, so I soon started to make the most of the lovely room and bride to be.
Chelsea's dress was simply perfect for a hot summers day and looked utterly stunning amidst the luxurious hotel decor oh and on Chelsea OF COURSE. Hang on you'll see in a minute... appreciate the lights and drapery first please. OK OK so it's not all about lights and fancy drapery readers I KNOW but the artist in me gets ever so excited about such things...
During our first meeting Michael and Chelsea mentioned that a lot of the final decisions about the wedding were made pretty last minute as the excitement took over. I think in this case Michael was responsible for a majority of the organisation and still managed to turn his thoughts to a little pre-wedding gift for his future wife. Organised and thoughtful, perfect husband material eh ladies?
Shermika arrived in time to join Peggy and Chelsea and it was time to make our way to the registry office. I suggested that I travel in the same car as the girls in the (somewhat) likely event that we MIGHT hit traffic on the M25.
So Peggy drove us (like The Sweeney), Shermika fixed her make up (somehow) from the back passenger seat and Chelsea hung on to every word from the sat nav whilst I clung to my camera for dear life. For the record, the Stig's got nothing on Miss Peggy Lay.
Part of me wishes i'd recorded the car journey for comedy value but let's just say it was slightly hairy/tense at times to say the very least. BUT I wasn't car sick (i'm prone) so i'm thankful for that AND we arrived JUST on time and SAFELY (thank you Lord).
Then it all got very serious and grown up...
There went the bride, she said and he said "I will" and all the women (and quite possibly the men) cried. Woohoo! They got MARRIED.
THE NEW Mr and Mrs McCabe headed back to Langshott Manor and I jumped in the car with Mr and Mrs McCabe (mark i). This car journey was a lot less hairy.
During my standard- we've never met so let's break the ice with some general chit chat/get to know each other type questions, I learnt some very interesting facts about their introduction to romance. Since this blog is not about them, I shall refrain from revealing my findings and assure you that this Mr Mc Cabe is every bit as smooth as he looks. What an awesome pair these two are! Ahhhhhh...
meanwhile... back at Langshott Manor House it was time to take more photos of things, stuff and a newly wed couple.
Afternoon tea was delicious. YES I tried it, "whatever it takes" that's my rules and when it comes to being in the right place at the right time to capture moments sometimes you just gotta eat cake. Who am I to deny the generosity of my wonderful clients?
Once afternoon tea was over we had just enough time to squueze in some couple shots before it was time to head off to Harewoods Home Farm to meet the evening guests.
Time to frolic about on some hay bales, bask in some summer sun and enjoy a simple and lovely blessing from Pastor Stuart.
CHEERS! For the record, no small children got drunk for the purposes of this blog.
The throwing of the bouquet was definitely a comedy highlight of the evening. Sadly you can't quite see from my photos the lucky girl stacking it as she caught it (i'll reveal no names). However, I can't imagine Chelsea forgetting that moment for a long time.
Once the sun had set I hung around for hog roast and a cheeky vino with the guests and eventually dragged myself away.
The best thing about this wedding for me was simply the people. I laughed a lot, the setting was beautiful and I left feeling like I wanted to get married in a field too.
Mr and Mrs McCabe you are a much adored, loved and a loving couple and I noticed throughout the day you are so very attentive to each other. I loved my time with you both! Thank you.
May you grow even closer and always feel the light and warmth of the summer sun on your marriage.