Michelle and Neil's "Who needs harry and meghan?" Wedding day
May 19th 2018 will always be a day that stands still in time as a red-headed groom married his dark haired bride. Apparently something happened in Windsor but who cares about that??
This wedding was an absolute dream to photograph from the sweethearts that are Michelle and Neil, the gorgeous weather to the guests who were up for a laugh. A wedding that dreams are made of.
The day started with the bride and her squad all getting ready at the couple's home, a perfect opportunity to reflect both Michelle and Neil in the photographs (hence why left Batman has some pretty swanky Ted Baker shoes!). The morning prep evolved into a fashion critique of the guests arriving for Harry and Meghan's big day, a bridesmaid rapping about a tortoise and the bride's dad not quite understanding the 'first look' photograph once Michelle was in her absolutely gorgeous wedding dress.
Once everyone was dressed and ready it was my time to head over to the beautiful St Peter's in Bickenhill to be greeted by the terminally delightful vicar Anne and an increasingly nervous looking groom. The guests were seated, the bride was ready and the groom stood waiting (with a few tears in his eyes). The ceremony was so personal, emotional and funny with readings about farting, a Christmas carol and a speech about a 'soft, strong and long' marriage.
The guests then all scooted off to the reception venue - the absolutely stunning Old Rectory House in Ipsley where they were greeted with drinks by the wonderful staff and waited for the bride and groom to arrive.
Laughing, joking and shots were the order of the day as the portraits were taken and everyone headed in to find their seats. The room is stunning as it is, but the personal touches Michelle and Neil had created for the tables and the amazing Lego wedding cake created by the bride's Mother just made the whole room feel so much more homely.
Before I say anything else, the food here was IN-CRED-IBLE! I don't think I stopped to breathe while throwing it into my face.
Once everyone was fed the speeches started. Funny and heartfelt in equal measure and I wasn't crying, I'd just got something in my eye...promise! Whilst everyone were feeling all the feels there was a game of speeches bingo and what can only be described as "The thank you wine glass" being passed around (basically money in a wine glass that moved to the next person every time thank you was uttered until the last person holding it won).
Once the speeches were complete and the room was turned around for the evening the inevitable royal family masks came out for our own royal portraits and then came the tequila...and it wasn't the last round seen during the evening! Of course, the dance craze that is 'the floss' made an appearance with varying degrees of success.
Michelle and Neil kicked off the real dancing with a bit of Lionel under the gorgeous flower adorned skylight of The Orangery before the brilliant band took over to throw some real soul numbers out on the floor. When two songs into their set the tambourine had been stolen it was pretty obvious that there were going to be some shapes thrown on that dance floor and to my delight I was not wrong.
My time with the new Mr and Mrs Jenkins came to a close with some sparklers on the croquet lawn as the sun was setting and I let everyone drink their Aperol Spritzs, unicorn based cocktails and shots of tequila whilst they dance the night away. Whilst there were undoubtedly some sore heads in the morning they were full of memories of this warm, welcoming and wonderful wedding day! (How many W's did I get into one sentence then???)
See more of this gooooooooooooooooooorgeous wedding here!