Kirsty & Darren had initially booked me to cover from their ceremony onwards, but after some thought they changed their mind and included some extra time to photograph some of the bridal prep in the morning as well - and I'm so glad they did! I always love the little bridal details such as the shoes, dress and accessories, and it's a great way to introduce myself to some key family members and bridesmaids early on. This also meant a lovely 'first look' moment with both Kirsty's dad and granddad before setting off to Highdown Vineyard for the rest of the day.
This was my first time at a vineyard for a wedding, and I was surprised by how self-contained the venue was. It was the perfect size for the day guests Kirsty & Darren had invited, with plenty of outdoor space for everyone to enjoy during the day (not to mention a bouncy castle and garden games!) It had been raining lightly through the morning but just as I arrived, it began to fizzle out and left the rest of the day mild and bright and the perfect lighting for photos outdoors.
Kirsty's dad and granddad shared the responsibility for walking her down the aisle, preceded by her bridesmaids and Ivy (the couple's daughter) and the room was packed with their smiling guests! After the ceremony and some drinks time, we kicked off some group photos before the speeches, set in a large and airy room at the front of the venue.
Taking all they had learnt at their pre-wedding session, Kirsty & Darren had a great time with their couples photos in the grounds. You may already know that I don't really like really wooden and posed photos, and I just let them both have a good time together and a laugh and a smile. I think it's fair to say they smashed it.
Back in for the first dance, and Darren's best man even cracked out the mic for some karaoke, which went down a treat with everyone. There was even time for a few more last minute sunset photos before I set off and let the happy couple party on into the night. What a cracking wedding and a truly lovely couple.
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