For those who have missed Part 1 of this wedding, this can be found here.
Part 2 is everything after the ceremony. This part of a wedding is characterised by relief, love, elation tempered by stress for the groom and best man as they panic about their speeches, then complete elation when they realise they’ve made it through the speeches without major mishap. All are shown below – including the sneaky shots of Gareth scribbling his last minute speech amendments! I normally whisk the bride and groom off for their photoshoot shortly after the ceremony, while all the guests are relocating to the reception venue. This means they’ve had a chance to be congratulated after the ceremony, but then get some time to gather themselves and have some private time for just the two of them. It’s at this point they realise they’ve just gone and done it and got married! It’s a pretty amazing realisation. Throughout the reception and wedding breakfast I’m circulating/trying to hide behind tables and pillars to snap photos of the guests as they laugh and chat among themselves. This is actually one of my favourite parts as there are so many great moments to capture, and it’s really nice for the bride and groom to be able to give these to their guests. There were quite a few children at this wedding too which I was very happy to see – they’re always great to photograph, and there was plenty of outdoor space at Newbridge Farm for them to run around. The baby with the big blue eyes looking at me is actually the priest’s – isn’t he just adorable! I think I was playing peekaboo with him from behind a flower arrangement! There was even a newborn – Sarah’s nephew, who was only born a couple of days before. He behaved amazingly well. And finally, the cutting of the cake and first dance then signal the start of the carnage – if it hasn’t already started that is!!