If there was one word I had to choose which summarised Dawn & Shaun’s wedding at Haselbury Mill it had to be ‘fun’! I joined Dawn on the morning of her wedding at a beautiful private house nestled in the Somerset countryside and shrouded in the most amazing wisteria. Her Bridesmaids, Mum and gorgeous rescue dog, Benji, enjoyed champagne (…Benji had water!) whilst their hair and makeup was perfected. That’s Dawn in the first photograph having her make up done with that gorgeous wisteria – and her stunning wedding dress being guarded by a Lego Ninja! My young nephews would definitely approve of that photo!
Their traditional wedding ceremony was held at the thirteenth Centuary All Saints Church Merriott, just a stones throw from the house where Dawn was getting ready. I loved that a horse and rider sauntered past on the road just before the Bride arrived, though two minutes later would have worked better for me. Their beautiful wedding ceremony, taken by the Rev. Julia Hicks, was punctuated with laughter as the Best Man accidentally bounced their wedding rings around on the floor. I even caught one photograph of a ring in mid air on its journey South. With confetti thrown they zoomed away from the church in a white Merc heading for Haselbury Mill and their wedding reception.
The first thing that hit me as I arrived at Haselbury Mill wasn’t the peaceful charm of the Somerset countryside or even the hot sunshine we’d been spoilt with, but a nerf gun bullet! It was hilarious. Dawn & Shaun had equipped the tables of their wedding reception with nerf guns and their friends and family lost no time in getting a ‘nerf firefight’ underway. Their evening reception was as fun as the day had been, with the Best Man in fits of giggles during their speeches and a trip to ‘Duckingham Palace’ and even a pizza van during their creative portrait shoot. The late evening sky over Haselbury Mill brought the most amazing lightening and rain storm, leaving this mystical tension in the air and an opportunity for the last photograph I captured of them on their wedding day in beautiful golden light and cuddled up by the lake with their guests partying the night away in the venue behind them.
I was so excited that one of the photographs from their beautiful wedding was selected by Fearless Photographers recently as the ‘photo of the day’. You can see it here and add your love to the admirers.