Emma and Jon’s wedding

Unusually I didn’t meet Jon until the day of his wedding, and had only met Emma the week before, but I felt instantly relaxed in their company and knew that this was going to be a fun day.  Emma was probably the most laidback bride I have ever met. 

She only finished making her own wedding dress that morning, and hadn’t quite finished tidying up the inside, but she wasn’t bothered in the slightest.  Hair not quite doing what she wanted?  Never mind, it’ll be fine!

Emma’s daughter Charlotte was a seriously cool bridesmaid, and together with her brother Sam, were clearly very proud of their Mum. Jon’s daughter Chloe made a beautiful bridesmaid, alongside Charlotte, Emma’s niece Amelie and Jon’s sister Susie.

Because parking near the church was a bit of a nightmare, it had been pre-arranged that I would get a lift to and from the church, but I did not expect the person driving to be the bride herself (minus the high heels). Further evidence of the relaxed, laid back nature of the day, which I just loved.

The reception was held in Jon’s parents garden and continued the informal atmosphere of the day.  Instead of the more formal tables and chairs with chair covers and linen tablecloths, guests could choose their own picnic benches where they found baskets of goodies they could help themselves to, as well as salads and barbeque food prepared elsewhere.  This really was a chilled summer garden party that the weather could have spoiled, but fortunately it stayed dry and warm.

A lot of thought had been put into providing some very personal touches to the day, including a tattoo parlour, photo frame wall, snapdragons, tree decorations, kids activity books, and a personal favourite – the bottle of ‘Speroni’ in honour of their favourite football team Crystal Palace.

Friends and family had played a key part in helping put on such a great party. As well as providing the venue, Jon’s parents provided the flowers through their company Cityplantlife, Chloe’s Mum Natasha provided the cake and Emma’s brother Joe kindly paid for my services – thanks Joe! Charlotte had helped out with the make-up in the morning, and while she wasn’t on duty doing facepaint later in the day, I have to put a shout out for her own facepainting company Facepaint Ninja, as these are the most amazing designs I have ever seen.

As can be seen by looking at the cake, Jon is a bit of a Star Wars (and Doctor Who) fan, and one of his most prized possessions was his Stormtrooper helmet, which had never before even been taken out the box. Clearly the emotions of the day had got to him, as Jon was seen ripping the box apart so that he could wear the helmet during part of his first dance. A Stormtrooper first dance was definitely a first for me too.

I was made to feel very welcome during the day and told to help myself to food and drink (how to keep you wedding photographer happy)!  This wedding was a real privilege to photograph and I felt quite sad when it was time to leave the party.  Congratulations you two, keep giggling together and I know you are both going to be very happy.

I hope you like the following selection of photos from the day. To view the complete collection of photos please go to the client area of my website and enter Jon’s surname as the username.

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Ceremony: St Mary’s Church, Beddington

Flowers: City Plant life

Bar: Camden Town Brewery

Catering: Sausages provided by D Parker & Son

DJ: Tom Randall – Nermal Digital







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