Since their engagement photo shoot, I’ve had so many comments on how photogenic Imi and James are. It’s true they photograph fabulously, but I know like everyone else were apprehensive being in front of the camera. Roll on wedding day and ahead of them at Dairy Barns was all excitement and enjoyment. Even better for us, the weather was hot, hot, hot and gave them the relaxed, outdoor vibe they wished for.
My day began with Imi and her bride tribe in Swallow’s Nest. She was very chilled and didn’t want any stress, so hair and make up were completed early enabling her to soak everything in. It also gave me plenty of time to walk the farm looking for locations and also time to photograph all the styling details - including hundreds of metres of bunting sewn by Imi.
Soon it was time for Imi to get dressed, helped by sister Georgi, and she looked sensational. Her Tara Vani dress was exquisite, especially the back. There was a lovely reveal with her Dad and Grandma. By the time I met with James and the groomsmen it was already sweltering, being the kind photographer I am, I made them jump and leap over the camera.
I think by this point nerves were creeping in for James, but it was soon time to take his place at the end of the aisle accompanied by Kavolini String Quartet and wait for his bride. Their ceremony was beautifully emotional with lots of tears and cheers. Their colourway was pink and navy, however being huge NCFC fans there had to be an element of yellow and green. Their confetti moment was certainly premiership! Everyone enjoyed the ice creams and pimms before seeking a little shade from the sun. Luckily the side barn had lots of games to keep even the most competitive guest entertained.
Meanwhile Hannah and the brilliant Dairy Barns team had been transforming the barn for an epic afternoon tea. I think James was pleased when speeches were out of the way and be able to truly relax. After the meal is always a good time for me to take the bride and groom away for some portraits. Imi and James had requested lanes and fields rather than a short drive to the beach (which considering the weather was probably best anyway as it would’ve been so busy). I found the perfect field adjacent to the farm and we spent a few minutes creating some beautiful images.
The day was racing away - as it always does - and it was soon time for cake, dancing and pizza! Bridesmaid Bryony made their fabulous cake and the brilliant Bill Downs accompanied their first dance before playing a full set to throw some serious shapes to. I loved this wedding from start to end and couldn’t have been happier they got their dream wedding - congratulations!