Let the fun Be Gin I Kings Chapel Old Amersham
Let the Fun Be-Gin. Kings Chapel Old Amersham played host to Sara & Leo’s wedding reception. This followed the beautiful heartfelt wedding ceremony at St Stephen’s Church in St Albans.
Mascara and Ukuleles
When I arrived for bridal prep at Sara’s parents house preparations were in full swing. Both Jaydean and Caitlin had started hair and make up for the Bride, Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride jumping between each of them. The smell of freshly brewed coffee filling the room, warmed croissants waiting to be eaten. It was extremely calm although I had been warned this may change as the morning progressed.
Sonia, the brides mother is an ex work colleague. So after a quick catch up in-between Sonia’s moisturising and a bit of lippy I set to work. It was only later that we were also treated to the Ukulele playing talents of Franc, the brides father. This house is filled with so much love and laughter. Sonia had always talked of her girls, Franc and her parents with so much pride. Now I was experiencing it first hand and to step inside Sonia’s world for a short time. It was a true honour to be part of this amazing day.
Jonathan, My assistant photographer, met the boys at the King Harry public house opposite the church. Leo was equally as calm and as laid back as the bride had been all morning. Jonathan set to work snapping candid photos of the guests as they arrived to greet the chilled, relaxed groom. Making their way over to the church on cue Jonathan made time for the traditional ‘Reservoir Dog’ shot with Leo and his Groomsmen. It was soon time for the arrival of his bride who’d be arriving in Franc’s newly renovated Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R170. After the ceremony the guests would board a Routemaster bus en route to Kings Chapel.
The Perfect Tonic
The wedding was the perfect tonic for this amazing, close knit family. Recent events prior to the wedding made this day extra special. Its amazing what weddings can do to bring people together. Sara’s relatives had flown in from all over Spain to celebrate their big day with them. The setting at Kings Chapel was perfect. The speeches were all heartfelt, funny and sad, an emotional rollercoaster. The Grooms speech the funniest I’ve seen in a while.
Let the Fun Be-Gin
A surprise had been planned for Sara & Leo for the first dance. Rocio, a close friend of the family and her band sang the first dance before the party hit a new all time high. It took some persuading the couple, well the bride actually, to leave the dance floor. I adore it when the atmosphere is so electric that the dance remains full. We surround ourselves with like-minded people so therefore this wedding was always going to be fun. Their families and friends were out to do one thing, to let the fun be-gin and to make sure this special couple had a day to remember.
In Their Own Words
I love to find out a little bit more of my couples and I’m never afraid to ask. Sara gave me a little insight into their wedding journey! Let the Fun Be-Gin
How/Where did you meet?
We met at a Uni night out though mutual friends.
How did Leo propose?
It was New Years Eve and it happen on the corner next to a park I used to go to when I was at school. He got down on one knee and knelt straight into a puddle. But the romantic gesture wasn’t lost and of course I said YES!
How long have you planning your bIg day?
About two and a half years
What was your favourite part of the day?
Firstly the party bus ride to the Kings Chapel on the Routemaster bus. Then after the wedding breakfast hitting the dance floor when the band came on. Rocio and the band did an amazing job. A wonderful surprise.
Any Tip/Advice to share?
Don’t worry about the weather.I was worried about the rain but in the end it really didn’t matter. If anything it led to some hilarious pictures. Also spreadsheets, they’re a great way to keep track of everything. We had so many many wedding spreadsheets.
Anything you fell out over?
Not really as I was in charge of most of the planning. Leo just had to know what time to show up!
Where did you go on Honeymoon?
We didn’t go away straight away and had planned a trip to Cuba in November. Could not wait to try the mojitos!
& In Other Stories
Photography Mark Nortcliffe Photography
Assistant Photographer Jonathan Bickle Photography
MUA Caitlin Simmons
Dress Boutique Mirror Mirror London
Grooms Suits T M Lewin
Cake Designer Barefoot Bakery Oxford
Live Band Rocio Ruano
DJ DJ Ray Showtime Events
Church St Stephen’s St Albans
Venue King Chapel Old Amersham