Tim and Nicky hosted a spectacular party on the last day of June, bringing together family and friends, following their official marriage in London earlier in the month. They held a 'hallowing' ceremony and party at their home to bless their nuptials in the company of their loved ones. This isn't the first time we've had the privilege to capture the family's celebrations, having photographed Tim's son's Harry's 21st a few years back. On this occasion, it proved to be one of the hottest days I've ever photographed in; positively Mediterranean. The sunshine didn't stop shining all day and there wasn't a cloud in the blue sky.
The day began with the 'usher's lunch', a perfectly relaxed gathering of Tim's sons and close friends with cold beer, buffet food and the sunlight dancing off the adjacent swimming pool. We then joined the girls getting ready, in time to see Nicky step into her Wedgwood blue embellished Stewart Parvin couture gown. From a photographic perspective, Tim and Nicky wanted me to approach the day almost entirely candidly, with the exception of some cherished family group photographs. I think you can see how much laughter there was, and feel the joy and happiness in the resulting images. My brief not only placed a strong emphasis on photographs of their guests enjoying themselves but also the exquisite decor. Pop Nicholson's team at Vincent & Stubbs decorated the first marquee with a glorious floral arch, leading through to the ceremony area. Hanging circles of foliage and flowers, huge urns packed with oak leaves, roses, peonies, stocks and lilies smelt as amazing as you'd imagine.
After plentiful canapés and champagne to the chilled-out sounds of Intermezzo string quartet, the cake cutting and speeches took place. There was lots of laughter and tears, as words of thanks and gratitude were shared, giving poignancy and meaning to the day. The second marquee then greeted all 250+ guests with an abundance of soft pinks and purple flowers and a backdrop of gold mirrors to bounce light around. Guests tucked into sirloin steak and chips by T R Catering and a rather special red wine Tim had sourced for his guests. The sound of stunning opera vocals took everyone by surprise, as the waiters who'd been serving canapés all afternoon suddenly burst into a majestic rendition of several opera classics. It was the Three Waiters, who left the room with a rousing finale of napkin waving.
Dancing began almost straight after the meal, with the dance floor being flooded very quickly to the band's upbeat covers of rock and pop classics of everyone from Prince to Whitney Houston. After 10 years photographing weddings, I can honestly say Tim & Nicky's friends rock the dance floor better than anyone.
A big thank you to Julian for ably assisting as my 'second shooter' including the gorgeous drone shots that allowed us to get a completely different perspective (and the drone lives to fly another day!), and of course to Susan for unfailingly supporting us both and being my second pair of arms and eyes. And sincere thanks to Tim and Nicky for having me capture their celebration. I have pleasure in presenting my favourite images from the day; it's time to grab a drink, settle in and view on a big screen. As the volume of images is so high, please be patient as it loads! I hope you enjoy them.