I recently enjoyed photographing Georgina and Mike on their beautiful sunny wedding day in Herefordshire. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Walford Church, with the reception following at Ross-on-Wye Rowing Club.
As much as I love photographing weddings close to home, I’m always so excited when I get a completely different venue some distance away. I love to travel, so combining that with my love of weddings and photography is a dream. When Georgina contacted to ask me if I’d travel that far the answer was a definite yes!
My day started with Georgina, her excited bridesmaids and her mum at her parents’ house. Georgina was so calm as they got ready for the day – one of the calmest brides I think I had seen! It was a nice, relaxed start to an eventful day of celebrations.
I then made my way over to Walford Curch, a very pretty little chocolate box church in the Herefordshire countryside. I caught some shots of the guests waiting for the arrival of the beautiful bride, and a short time later, Georgina arrived in a stunning vintage car.
The church was really stunning with lots of stone – a beautiful backdrop for their wedding photos. The sun lit up the bright stained glass windows as the couple made their vows in front of happy friends and family.
After the ceremony, we did a handful of group shots with close family. The sun was kind to us that day and created wonderful lighting for those natural shots. The flowers were bursting with beautiful bright colours as were many of the guest’s outfits, adding so much vibrancy to these shots.
Everyone then headed over to the rowing club. The rowing club has a lot of meaning to the couple, as they are both rowers and this club has been an important part of Georgina’s life growing up.
Once guests arrived, the couple were welcomed to their reception with a shower of confetti. The newlyweds beamed as they were congratulated by their friends and family.
I headed into the marquee before the guests to photograph the details. Georgina, Mike and all their friends and family had worked so hard the day before setting everything up and I was blown away by the transformation – and absolutely loved the trellises and ribbons decorating the ceiling. Their love of rowing was carried through to the decor – all of the table names were named after rivers. I even had my own place setting on one of the tables with my personalised stone and wedding favour (a little bulb to plant in my garden) which I have kept and will plant soon. A real treat and such a lovely idea!
The guests enjoyed cider punch and nibbles to keep them going until lunch as they laughed and chatted amongst themselves. Games were set up set too to keep everyone entertained, with lots of giggles over giant Jenga and snakes and ladders.
I headed out to take some couple shots with the breathtaking backdrop overlooking Ross-on-Wye. The sun continued to shine as we caught some lovely moments by the river.
Everyone headed into the marquee for Dad’s speech, followed by a delicious wedding breakfast – I was treated to a yummy 2-course meal.
After this, it was time for Mike’s speech and the best man which had all of the guests laughing – I caught lots of happy smiley shots of friends and family!
I then nipped outside again with the couple as the afternoon started to draw to a close. We caught some lovely couple shots in this new light, adding a different mood to the photographs.
As the sun went down, the evening guests arrived for a fun night of barn dancing, celebrating and a tasty hog roast. The dancing was some of the funniest I have ever encountered, with everyone getting involved and making it a night to remember.
There was so much laughter, bemusement, and confused faces. It was hilarious and such great fun to be part of. I think all this dancing certainly worked up an appetite for the hog roast! As the hog roast was being served I left the guests to their celebrations and headed home with my personalised stone and wedding favour as a keepsake of an incredible day.