Only six months ago I photographed Katie and Alex for their engagement shoot and then their wedding at Great Fosters, and last month I had the opportunity to photograph Katie's sister Claire at her wedding to Lee. I'm quite disappointed that there are only two Lee sisters in the family as both weddings have been an absolute delight to photograph - obviously they are beautiful girls; but they also have a great style and taste. The venue for this wedding was The Barn at Bury Court in lovely leafy Hampshire, just down the road from my parents. The rape fields were in full yellow blossom, there were horses in the fields next door and the church was picturesque. The morning started grey and we had heavy showers throughout the day, but when the sun did break through it was glorious and there was lots of time for the guests to enjoy the fabulous grounds.
By the time I had arrived in the morning the grand main hall was already dressed. Claire has such amazing eye for detail and had put so much time and effort into every little detail which were all deeply personal to them as a couple. Every part of the day was touched by her creativity, generosity and joy and I am very grateful to have been a part of this lovely family's life again.
Claire was so relaxed all morning and even the rain didn't faze her. It helped that she had such a great bridal party who kept the fun and laughter going throughout - Claire gave them each gifts from from Westwood Rocks, which along with the heartfelt messages in the cards brought a few tears.
Claire and her bridesmaids had use of The Oast Cottage on the grounds to get ready in which overlooked the gardens. They had their hair done by their friend Catlin and make up by Christina Panzini. Her dress was by Alfred Sung which she personalised with belt and straps herself. Both the shoes and jewellery were from Mamfii Bridal.
The very natural English garden flowers were by The Lavender Hill Company.
The fantastically creative food was by Jacaranda Catering and we ate tomato tarte tatin with rocket pesto, caramel goats cheese and wild rocket salad followed by butterfly lamb and for desert fresh berry and elderflower jelly with lemon posset, crushed meringue and vanilla ice cream or millionaires chocolate shortbread pudding. AMAZING! (I'm so lucky I usually get to eat the wedding meal - massive perk of the job)