Right it is going to be a big ask for me to hold back the urge to gush all over this wedding for a number of reasons which I WILL go in to, because this is a blog after all and I have had a whole month to think about it.
There is a strong possibility that my hormones may be responsible for my overwhelming emotions (new baby/breast feeding etc etc - NO not at the same time) BUT I can honestly say that every time I have been asked this summer “how’s work?” I can’t help but bring up the Povey wedding. Want to know why? Good, then read on or if you just want to look at the pretty pictures by all means hit play and enjoy this version of bitter sweet symphony as you scroll through.
Bridal preparations at The Hendersons
What better way to kick off a good wedding than an abundance of coffee and pastries. Mummy Henderson (aka “The Feeder”) had every intention of making sure that Sarah and the girls weren’t going anywhere hungry.
It is often the case at weddings that the bride can’t eat for nerves and then suddenly becomes ravenous post ceremony but not on Mrs Henderson’s shift. I too was sufficiently and gratefully topped up with enough caffeine to keep me buzzing until dinner time.
Sarah’s hair and make up artist worked like a ninja on the girls (all by herself I might add) and they LOVED the results especially Sarah. Check out those super long golden locks!
I am sure there are many reasons Sarah knows that Ben is ‘the one’ for her but I suspect his taste in womens shoes may just be one of them (just to clarify these are Sarah’s shoes not his).
All ready for the big reveal, Sarah’s bridesmaids, friends and parents waited downstairs for her big entrance and she was received with lots of cheer, applause, beaming smiles and an abundance of hugs.
It was time to get giddy with excitement, embrace the wet weather and get to Hampton Court House for THE WEDDING.
Whilst Sarah and the girls were making their way to the venue a string quartet entertained the wedding guests whilst the boys were pulling their trousers up?…hmmm… (my guess is they weren’t as generously fed as the girls in the morning).
Both Sarah and her Dad absolutely BEAMED their way down the aisle and as they did the levels of emotion in the room went up a notch (including mine)…
…and soon enough Ben and Sarah were pronounced Husband and Wife in the most splendid room with the most beautiful light. It couldn’t have been more perfect and look how chuffed they are with themselves!
Whilst waiting for the canapes to start making their way round the guests we squeezed in some essential group and family shots inside the ceremony room.
The rain continued to be un-relenting and so we abandoned the idea of shooting outside and frankly when you have a room like THIS for a back drop why on earth would you want to waste an opportunity to use it anyway? So we did. And this is the main reason I absolutely LOVED this wedding!
Hampton Court House is by far one of (if not the most) beautiful venues I have had the pleasure of working in and I would jump at any opportunity to shoot here again.
The dining room needed little added to the decor and it was soon filled with happy wedding guests ready to tuck in to the most unbelievable food.
When we met before the wedding Sarah and Ben mentioned how much they love food and that it was important to them that they gave their guests a great tasting meal.
And my goodness did they nail that! I usually opt for a veggie meal when asked (because I only look like a veggie I am not actually one in real life) but on the day I was offered steak and lucky me because it was bloody incredible!! So incredible that it is getting a big fat mention here. I have thought about that meal probably every day since and I am ordinarily not even a fan of red meat. So thank you Acclaim Food I can not wait to see you again next year!
Ok enough about the food…
…then bubbles happened…
…then cake cutting happened…
… and then the rain actually stopped pelting it down and so we legged it outside to make the most of it (just because we could).
And then the evening reception shenanigans commenced. Kicked off by their first dance.
When the band kicked in with Robbie William’s “Angels” the room erupted with singing and dancing creating an atmosphere that could burst at the seams with joy.
And then there was more hugging (thank you wine) and a little bit of crying (mostly by me).
And this moment is the main reason I was actually real life crying. As the dance floor filled up and ridiculous amounts of love engulfed the room Sarah and her Dad had a moment that cracked me and just about finished me off.
No words were exchanged between them, just a look that said that this was the best day EVER. And then they threw their arms around each other and I decided that my job was done for the day.
My eyes fill with tears every time I think about this wedding but especially this particular moment. Hormones? Possibly. Ask me a year from now.
Mr and Mrs Povey I know it was your wedding but I personally couldn’t have asked for a better day. The venue was spectacular, the food was to die for, the band was the best wedding band i’ve ever heard (beat junkies) and you guys are the nicest, most generous people anyone like me could hope to work with.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and congratulations on a 10/10 wedding!