Arriving at Rachels parents house was so exciting, there was a real buzz with everybody getting ready for the big day. The reception was to be held in a marquee in the beautiful grounds of their home. I always think it’s so brave to host your own wedding within the family home.  A lot of work had gone in to the preparations which totally paid off and when it works it, it is so worth it. This added such a personal and homely touch to an already amazing wedding day.  Thank you to Eve Lily for creating such wonderful details and flowers for me to photograph, the marquee looked fab!

Rachel and Mark’s service was held at St John The Baptist Church in Kings Norton just down the lane from Rachel’s parents. It was great to be back shooting at one of my favourite churches in Leicestershire. The light, the atmosphere and vicar all contributed to a very  delightful service. Mark with his best man (brother Danny) stood firmly at the front of this lovely church listening to the quartet of singers waiting for Rachel to walk down the aisle. Making an entrance in a Sottero & Midgley lace dress with a cut out back Rachel looked stunning.

Many times on shoots I end up in fields with animals and I’m often a bit wary of how they will react, however ,never until now have I had cows charge at me! Luckily Rachel reacted quickly when I suggested we get back in the car! Needless to say we didn’t bother hanging around. Rachel and Mark were brilliant, taking it all in their stride and as a bit of fun. Nothing was any problem for their magical day. We had previously parked up in another field and with the sun shining down on the two of them , relaxed pictures were already in the bag. 🙂 They arrived back home to live music playing (by the grooms brother and wife), guests laughing and happy garden party vibe.

The lively atmosphere continued well into the evening with a Photo Booth and a couple of dance offs taking place in front of the band on the dance floor. I’m really pleased we survived the cows and you two went on to have the “best day” ever! It was a beautiful wedding  to be part of it. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Smyth. xx

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