Sarah and Oli are the epitome of a "We hate having our photograph taken" couple. It was how the started every conversation we had in the lead up to their wedding. My response every time was "just trust me" and I think they're pretty pleased that they did.
On a gorgeous September morning I arrived at the truly magnificent Norwood Park in Southwell, just north of Nottingham. The gorgeous Manor House, the beautiful grounds and that staircase I just knew it was going to be a gorgeous day. As usual I arrived over an hour early so after scoping the venue, helping the florist set up and shovelling a bacon sandwich into my face Sarah and her glam squad arrived.
In the beautiful pastel blue bridal suite the girls were getting ready while we all talked about sparkles, RuPaul's Drag Race and well pretty much anything you could think of. The bridesmaids got into their gorgeous dresses, all the same colour but totally different styles and we all helped Sarah into her stunning wedding dress.
Whilst Oli nervously waited downstairs in the gorgeously decorated ceremony room Sarah made him wait until EXACTLY the right moment in the music before she made her entrance. It was a beautiful ceremony full of tears, lovely moments and giggles - even to the point of signing the register they couldn't keep their faces straight. After a fist pump and some up-the-aisle dancing from Oli all of the guests headed into the bar area (obviously the aunties headed straight for the gin and tonics)!
We headed to the beautifully lush front lawns for the group photos which turned into an absolute riot and between a couple of heavy rain showers the bride and groom were bundled in my car to head down to the orchard whilst it was dry!
The guests all filtered into the reception venue which has a gorgeous mix of classic Manor House and modern marquee that ticked all the boxes. The speeches were hilarious, heartfelt and very focused on Sarah picking up strays (mainly cats but also Oli - the best man's words not mine!). The guests tucked into the stunning meal before heading straight onto the dance floor. One of Sarah and Oli's friends was shortly heading off to Germany to live so poor Tim was taunted by cheesy 80's pop and now I can't hear "Africa" by Toto without laughing. The first dance was a quiet moment in some serious hardcore dancing!
I simply adored this wedding. The venue, the atmosphere and the couple just made this day incredible and that's totally reflected in what I captured on the day. Oli relaxed enough to look in the direction of a camera and Mr and Mrs Hunt seem pretty pleased with the finished results!