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A Rainy Woodhill Hall Wedding: Sam and Clive

So the week before I was at Woodhill Hall shooting a wedding on a glorious sunny day.  7 days later I was shooting a Rainy Woodhill Hall Wedding for Sam and Clive.  What a difference a week makes.  Did the rain spoil the day?  Of course not!

I arrived at Woodhill Hall having driven through rain that would best be described as “End of Days”!  Torrential!  I ran from the car and into the shelter of Hall.  Inside the hall was decorated with the most stunning flower arrangements created by The Floral Quarter.

Up in the Darcy Room, Sam was there surrounded by her bridesmaids and her mum.  Sam was sat in front of the mirror having the finishing touches done to her hair which included the most beautiful floral headpiece.  The mood was quite relaxed.  From the window overlooking the old walled garden next to the teepee we could see people coming and going as the teepee was being set up for the wedding breakfast later on in the day.  I ran downstairs to warn Clive not to venture outside.  Sam couldn’t see her groom to be before the ceremony now could she?!

In the main part of the hall Clive was helping his groomsmen with ties and buttonholes.  Like Sam, he looked very relaxed and calm.  No sign of any nerves.  After speaking to the registrars he took his place in the Orangery, chatting to guests as they made their way in.

By now the rain was once more torrential.  There was no way the girls were going to be walking from the Darcy through to the main hall.  So escorted under umbrella, one by one they made their way across.  I would normally shoot ceremonies from outside the Orangery shooting through the open doors but that wasn’t going to happen!  So I perched myself at the front of the room.  Perfect place to capture all the emotions of the ceremony.  Jessica Avison treated us to an amazing acoustic set of songs whilst the register was being signed and would follow this up with another stunning set of songs in the teepee.

After the ceremony we did some shots around the Hall before venturing outside.  By now the rain had stopped, so we headed outside.  We literally had 5 minutes to get things done before the next shower started.  I don’t like rushing my couples at this stage of the day as I like them to spend time together.  But we had no choice today!

By now the teepee was ready for the wedding breakfast.  The teepee always has a magical effect on people.  Every time a guest enters the teepee they gasp.  This time was no different.  Once everyone had taken their seats the speeches started.  They were amazing, but the show-stopper was the best man speech.  A white board presentation on “This is the life of Clive” followed.  Pictures of Clive’s life and past were posted up.  But the best was a video message from Boycie from Only Fools and Horses wishing Clive and Sam all the best for the wedding day.  It was one of the moments where I almost forgot I was there to photograph the wedding.  I love Boycie and was blown away!

Well what a way for everyone to settle down to food and the evenings entertainment.  The teepee was quickly turned around to allow space for the band to set up.  Before we knew it we were ready for the first dance.  The dance floor was jam packed as Sam and Clive swayed to A Thousand Years.  The second the song finish the band cranked up and the place went berserk!  I swear the teepee was swaying.

By now the heavens had opened once more.  But it didn’t dampen the mood one bit.  I felt like part of the gang all day and loved every second of the wedding.  Just another reminder of why I have the best job in the world.

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