Toni and Justin had their wedding at their village church, followed by wedding celebrations at Kersey Mill in Suffolk in the height of summer. The day was full of love, laughter, naughty behaviour with a few little tears added in!
Toni and Justin say they aren’t traditionally romantic, they don’t do public displays of affection and would rather be teasing each other than holding each others hands. Yet they clearly have this incredibly strong bond and commitment to each other – and there were a few little tender moments shared when they thought no one was watching!
I started my day with Toni and her tribe at her home, while the girls were all having their hair by Karen’s Beautiful Brides and and makeup by Sophia weddings finished I went ahead and started documenting all the special details that Toni had chosen for her big day.
Toni’s treat to herself was a pair of graphite grey sparkly Jimmy Choos, she wanted them to match her chosen colour scheme for the day and look incredible both on her wedding day and afterwards whenever she wears them.
Her – and her bridesmaids – bouquets all came from the talented Flower Shop at Kersey Mill. The flowers were shades of white with silvery grey foliage and complimented with grey ribbon that would flutter in the wind. Toni loved her flowers so much, she has had them preserved in a display case now!
Although this couple say they’re not romantic, I think they are, they strive to make each other happy. Toni knew that Justin’s goal is to own a Rolex watch – she wanted to give him a truly special gift, so on the wedding day as a surprise I got to deliver this to him! More of that later.
So, it’s fair to say that this summer has been fantastic for heat and sun – maybe a little too much for working in if I’m honest. This date in August was one of the few when it looked a little overcast in the morning – to the point where I was expecting a few raindrops. But nothing fazed Toni and she just enjoyed the moment of having her friends and family help her get dressed.
And with the shady lighting, it made the outside portraits softer and so flattering.
I arrived at their village church with the special surprise in hand, to say that Justin was pleased is an understatement! He had an inkling that he had a gift, but no idea it would be so special. I might’ve imagined it, but I think I saw a little tear in his eye!
As Toni’s brother proudly escorted her down to Justin, she looked so happy that this long awaited and planned for day had arrived.
Toni’s sister is a bad influence on the flower girl!
The sun had started to come out more for Toni and Justin’s church exit – just in time to start the celebrations.
This is the reality of big white dresses and wedding cars…!
After a few portraits (most would be taken at Kersey Mill so guest could enjoy a glass of prosecco) we headed over to the party.
While everyone was gathering outside I got to go inside and see how the planning and hard work had come together with their reception styling. It looked beautiful! Amy, the florist had created gorgeous floral centre pieces that received loads of complements from guests and I’m sure got taken home to enjoy.
One of the things i love to do with my couples is take them away from the rest of the party – just for a little while – to enjoy some portraits. They don’t have the pressure of anyone watching and can enjoy some alone time for themselves. I tend to stay back for a few minutes until I feel that the time is right to step in for their portraits. I actually captured some genuine romance – when they didn’t notice me!
But all too quickly the giggling and fun took over!
With plenty of daylight, I was able to take Toni aside for a few more portraits by herself as we waited for evening guests to arrive and to start the party.
August has some of the nicest golden hour light, and this day was no exception – set amongst the trees with the warm light shining through made for some really gorgeous images.
The kiln room at Kersey Mill is such a fab spot for portraits and definitely an opportunity not to be missed.
So as the party started, wine started flowing and guests started to dance I headed off and left this couple to enjoy their evening. They might insist that they’re not romantic – but I know better! ;0)