Sooo, how can I talk about Jane & Michael’s (British/American/Korean) wedding without using all the superlatives in my vocabulary (once again)? It’s a funny thing actually, I often get asked the question ‘Can all the weddings you shoot always be so amazing, awesome and lovely? Really now?’ The answer is a resounding ‘hell yes’! What makes a wedding special are the people present on the day, and all the emotions they experience – and at every wedding I get to observe a different set of people with different dynamics. It is fascinating beyond belief. And most of all, it is very very touching. Every. Single. Time.
Jane & Michael got married at Botleys Mansion in Surrey, which was an absolute delight of a place! There was an abundance of lovely details and clever spaces, and the atmosphere was really cosy but grand at the same time. I do hope I get to return there one day. Wedding planner Kim from Roseberry Weddings made sure that every aspect of the day ran like clockwork, and I have to say that she was an absolute star! Having a super planner present guarantees that the couple gets to enjoy a stress-free day, but as a bonus it also makes the life of us other vendors a million times easier.
Oh and I have to mention Jane’s stunning Vera Wang gown – swoon! It even went through a slight alteration during the day in order to create a different look for the evening. In fact, this was the first wedding I’ve been a part of where the bride got dressed three times. In between the day and night looks Jane paid respect to her Korean heritage by wearing a beautiful Korean gown, which complimented her mother’s dress beautifully.
Another thing that was a first for me, was the fact that Jane and Michael opted for a ‘First Look’, which meant they wanted to see each other in privacy before walking down the isle. It was a really sweet and special moment to document, and I think something that could be done more in the UK. The main benefit for me as a photographer was the fact that we could take some portraits before the guests arrived, which took the pressure off the schedule somewhat.
I should also say thank you to some of the other vendors on the day, who were a joy to work with, namely florist Sandra Gaikwad and videographer Mike Buonaiuto. Oh and the amazing cake was by Linda Fripp.
So yes, this was indeed a very warm and gorgeous wedding, and even the constant rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of the day. Thank you Jane & Michael for having us, we had an absolute blast soaking up the loving atmosphere. x