Emma & Sam were married on 21st July 2017.
Wow, what a day this was! It all started in London’s Richmond, in a stunning hotel overlooking Richmond Park. This is where I found the bride, bridesmaids, Mum and Nan.
Everyone was in good spirits when I arrived, there was no stress or worry, it was all very chilled. Which seems to always be the theme with the brides on the morning of the wedding. Now, I can confirm Emma’s calmness came from her detailed spreadsheet that had been handed out to everyone in the wedding party. Each segment of the day had a 15-minute leeway to cover for any issues, so there was no way anything was going wrong on Emma’s big day! I absolutely applaud those organisation skills, Emma *Emoji Hand Clap x 3*.
The room that Emma was getting ready in was beautiful, it was a bridal suite and had huge bay windows and a balcony, letting in some magnificent light. I spent the morning photographing Emma’s accessories, stunning pink shoes, gold jewellery and pink, green and crème bouquet. Emma was going for some really pleasing colour themes, including green and gold. These represent both British, and South America (where Emma & Sam spent a lot time travelling).
There was a small rush to get everyone in their outfits – the bridesmaids were looking wonderful in their two-piece skirt and shirts in green and pink (I really adored these!). Emma then put her dress on, which was incredible. It was a classic looking dress, with a lace back and buttons all the way up, cap sleeves and pure silk all over. Following the dress was ‘Something Borrowed’ and ‘Something Old’, which was a veil that had been worn through the generations of Sam’s family.
Emma looked striking.
I then bundled her into the bathroom and brought her Dad in, who waited for Emma to come out. Now, this was a moment where the entire room went silent and Emma’s Dad said nothing, but his face was the face of a very very proud Dad. I’m pretty sure everyone in the room was crying, this was one of the most emotional reveals with the father of the bride that I’ve ever seen.
Now to the ceremony where I met with Sam and his family in their family church, this was somewhere that meant a huge amount to Sam’s family and to Sam who had frequented it his entire life.
Sam was quiet and seemed a little nervous, but he was holding it up well. We were all running a little late, but due to Emma’s incredible organisation skills, we had enough time to get in our places ready for everyone to walk down the aisle.
When Sam saw Emma it was a really lovely moment, filled with sentiment. These two together fit, so perfectly. Emma was the happiest I’d seen her all day (and believe me, this girl can smile!) and Sam instantly relaxed when he saw her. It was lovely.
The ceremony went perfectly and was full of emotion, laughter and love. It was so nice to be a part of this special day.
Directly after there were a multitude of cakes and prosecco or Elderflower water (amazing!) as people gathered outside the church to congratulate Emma & Sam. We then went for the classic confetti walk, group shots and then a London bus took us to the reception. The bus was basically a party bus, people were dancing and singing along to the South American music that was blasting out the speakers, and drinking from the bottle of the prosecco that was being spread around. So many happy feels!
Emma & Sam had played a huge amount of attention to the details of their wedding, the theme was travel and a mixture of British Rose and South America. The reception was at Bank of England Sports Club, and was a spectacular building surrounded by fields of greenery. Emma & Sam had an outside area where they’d bought palm trees from Kew gardens to give it an extra South American feel. They were serving Pimms, fresh Lemonade and some tasty canapes. In the middle of this area was a sign post with the distances to Emma & Sam’s favourite places in the world. They also had three sisters playing acoustic versions of some classic British songs, where all the guests began to get involved!
Inside was the dining area, the tables were given a name to match the travel theme, each table was decorated to coordinate with the theme. Emma & Sam had also spent their time travelling around France and deciding on the wines for the wedding, they set-up a table that had photos of the wines, the vineyards, the two of them tasting it and details about each bottle. A really cool idea to get people interested and appreciating their drink of choice.
Next up were the speeches, and wow there was a lot of love in the room! We must have had 13 speeches coming from various friends and family, and each and every one was full of hilarity and sentiment.
We then went directly into first dance where Emma & Sam were as cute as ever (see photos for proof)! The dancefloor was packed with people dancing along to the incredible band who had a South American feel to their music.
The night ended (for me) with a friend of Emma’s playing a good half an hour of some classic songs for Emma, this was so much fun! Emma’s smile was bigger than ever, everyone was happy drunk dancing to Simon’s music and I got some photos I was very pleased with. I left them dancing away and headed home to rest up my feet ready for the next wedding (which was the very next morning).
Emma & Sam are a really wonderful couple, and I was so glad to be part of their day, I wish you a lifetime of happiness guys.