Welcome to the Huckle wedding. A day full of excitement, endless smiles and joyful antics.
Rachel and Chris managed to pull an outstanding day together in a very short space of time. Well done Huckles!
The day started with (my favourite part) the bridal prep at Rachel's lovely parent's home. It wasn't long before the house was teeming with women and the kettle was on.
Rachel thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by her fun loving and supporting girl friends and was keen to get in to her dress as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, James (my second shooter) was with the boys.
In between hair, make up and general chit chat, the girls even managed to include a long distance friend in all the excitement. Always a good time for a Face time it seems. God bless modern technology, because of it, people as far away as New Zealand need not miss a friend's important day.
BEAMING from ear to ear, Rachel was transformed in to a lovely bride and ready to meet her Groom at the church.
The weather was good, albeit a tad windy, which I was quietly pleased about as a lot of fun could be had with Rachel's cathedral veil.
The singing of hymns filled the church ensuring that the ceremony was as beautiful as possible and the vows were exchanged.
I am a big fan of the religious ceremonies at weddings despite being told a few times recently to refrain from shooting during the actual ceremony (which makes me feel a little bit like I have my wings clipped)... BUT having given it more thought, I have come to the conclusion that actually in a world which demands we are so face paced (and weddings generally are) I can fully appreciate more now when it is time to slow down, reflect and be present in the important moments and every ceremony is as important as the last.
Capturing every second need not always be the ultimate goal, there is also a time to step back and respect people's faith and the importance of religious ceremonies to them.
More grinning and definitely time for celebrations!
Ahhhh Mr Huckle.
Ahhhh Mrs Huckle.
I absolutely loved the flowers at this wedding because they were made up of my favourites and set off so beautifully against the pink dresses.
All that's missing from this shot is a royal wave, don't you agree readers?
The speeches during afternoon tea where unique. I haven't witnessed anyone's parent's bursting in to song before. YES that actually happened! It was awesome.
I really liked what Maid of honor Amy said about the couple during her speech. I always listen to the speeches as I am genuinely interested in what people have to say about the bride and groom. Amy described Chris and Rachel aka "Chrachel" as "kind, humble, funny people who know how to make people feel special, always encouraging and complimenting others. They are the kind of people who know that the small things are the big things in life".
I think that's a pretty nice way to sum them up. The Huckles are an easy couple to work with, they are simply happy and open to what life has in store for their married life together.
And so ends my little Huckle blog. The rest of their story is left to be told as Mr and Mrs. It is my job now to finish editing their wonderful day and prepare to put together their photo book.
Thank you both for having me. I thoroughly enjoyed my day with you and I especially won't forget those scones in a hurry!