This story began when we met Rachel and Sam for coffee a few months before their wedding day. Both are very talented designers and it seemed like we spent most of our time asking them about everything to do with design, rather than photography. We very quickly felt like we’d known them for years. Rachel’s day started at an amazing house in Leicestershire which she had rented for her bridal party. It was bustling with activity, with everyone in different rooms getting themselves prepared for the day ahead. With the sun beating down and the bridesmaid’s colourful dresses, it really felt like Summer had finally arrived! Sam’s morning began at his parent’s house, just taking it easy, making bacon butties and tea for everyone! Amazingly, Sam had the key (a gigantic key) to St. Luke’s Chapel and he arrived there just in time to unlock it before guests started to arrive for what was to be a small intimate wedding service with plenty of emotion.
One thing that stood out when we first met Rachel and Sam was the connection they had with their families and their family histories. Their reception was going to be held at Sam’s grandparents Leicestershire farmhouse and they asked if we’d mind taking a photo from one of the little attic windows, of guests enjoying themselves in the courtyard below. Sam’s parents had also held their wedding reception at the farmhouse, a small intimate wedding, at which a similar photograph had been taken then. On the day, we got to climb up into the old, somewhat creaky attic, and look down at everyone enjoying themselves in the courtyard. It felt like something from a storybook. Standing there, looking through the small dusty attic window, we felt privileged to be capturing such a small intimate wedding day.
The party moved into a fabulous marquee at the back of the house and the warm evening meant guests could continue their garden games late into the night under festoon lights. Having put down our cameras, we were greeted with a couple of drinks from Rachel and Sam. It was very touching, their party was in full swing but they went out of their way to spend time with us. It was just like the first time we met, chatting away about all sorts. It was hard to tear ourselves away. As we left, the bright moon filled the sky and we couldn’t help but take one last shot…look closely and there’s even a shooting star.