The Alnwick Garden is a venue I seem to have been at a lot lately. In the height of the summer holidays it offers some interesting challenges but nothing can take away from how stunning it is. Sarah and Mike’s Summer Holiday Alnwick Garden wedding didn’t disappoint!
Sarah and Mike’s wedding was one of those that I felt like I’d been working on for years. They’d booked me a long time in advance. I remember meeting them on a really cold morning which was the total opposite of their wedding day which was a warm and sticky day!
As is so often the case with weddings at The Alnwick Garden, I headed to the Hogs Head Hotel on the edge of Alnwick first to capture some shots of the bridal prep and the groom nerves. Sarah was so eager that she was pretty much ready with an hour or so to go. I’d arrived to be greeted by Chris and Janet from One Digital Image who were going to be filming the day. I’d known these guys for years and become good friends with them but amazingly this was the first time we worked together.
I spent the hour or so at the Hogs Head flitting between Sarah’s room and the bar where Mike was greeting the groomsmen and some of the guests. There, a bottle of fizz was popped and glasses handed out as they waited for the coach that was to take them and the guests to the venue.
When the coach pulled up at The Garden, the guests filed off with Mike coming off last. The bridesmaids waited back whilst everyone headed to the pavilion to take their seats. Mike and his bestman were wearing kilts and were stopped by some of the tourists as they entered the Garden to have photos taken. I’m not sure if they knew that Mike was getting married or one of the attractions!
Back at the car park, the wedding car arrived. Sarah got out and weaving through some tourists made her way to the Garden. Greeted by the registrars, she confirmed all the details on the marriage license were correct and then waited to be given the nod to enter.
As she walked in, she had a smile that just beamed. There was a mixture of emotion and happiness as she walked down the aisle. I honestly don’t know whether she was going to laugh or cry. However throughout the ceremony it was most definitely laughter. The ceremony was interspersed with laughter and a couple of readings followed by an acoustic version of Elton John’s Your Song. Throughout the ceremony though we were kept entertained by the seagulls that were marching backwards and forwards on the roof of the Pavilion, cawing non-stop. You could see their feet on the roof as they pitter pattered their way across the roof.
After the ceremony we all headed outside into the sunshine. On the green there was a maypole and a medieval band playing as we got the formal shots done and dusted before heading into the orchard for some shots of the newlyweds.
After the speeches and the wedding breakfast Mike and the groomsmen ran down to the Grand Cascade to ride around on the John Deer toy diggers. Janet and I suggested they arrange themselves in a “Flying V” formation similar to the Red Arrows. However, we met the wrath of a security guard who ran like an Olympic sprinter to tell them to get off. This left everyone in kinks of laughter. No harm or damage was done. Just a bit of fun. Sarah, Mike, Janet, Chris and I had a stroll around the Grand Cascade and the Walled Garden.
After cutting the stunning cake by the Designer Cake Company, we headed indoors for the first dance before Hip Operation ramped things up with another killer set! The floor was packed and as per usual I was there in the centre of the action bouncing around with the camera. I do believe in the action shots in the evening!
So that was our day of fun at The Alnwick Garden. A bit warm but well worth it! An extremely relaxed day with great people! Everything I could ever ask for at work! Thank you Sarah and Mike.