30th June 2012
Catthorpe Manor, Leicester
Prior to the wedding of Helen and John, never in all my years as a reportage wedding photographer had I been witness to a ceremony missing the rings, thus proving that there is truly a first time for everything. I began my day at the historical and magnificent Catthorpe Manor House, with a nervously giddy bride as she prepared for her once-in-a-lifetime special moment. The excitement of the bridal preparations was outweighed only by the fact that the groom had yet to arrive.
Quite casual about his tardiness, John arrived in time to rapidly ready himself for the big day and greet his guests as they entered the 19th century manor. Obviously a happy and friendly bunch, the guests milled about, chatting away, as they awaited the ceremony’s beginning. A smiling and curiously calm groom visited freely with his friends and family, offering me opportunity to do get some wonderful natural photographs.
The importance of the nuptials to him was very apparent as the groom became noticeably nervous, as the ceremony was about to commence. He stood, pale, his back to the aisle, wringing his hands in anticipation of Helen’s entrance. As he turned, a broad smile spread across his face upon the sight of his beautiful bride.
The emotions I had opportunity to capture were endless and unexpected when the time came to present the rings. The best man, quick to hand over the ring box, stood proudly as he watched the groom open a box of cufflinks. In his haste, and due to their lateness, he had failed to bring the all-important rings to the ceremony. John grew sheepish as he grinned at his unimpressed bride. Laugher ensued, cracking the tension, as I clicked away, refusing to let this opportunity pass. Not many Catthorpe wedding photographers are able to claim such a unique moment. The registrar’s ring was used to complete the ceremony and all ended well.
In the landscaped gardens, park and woodland of the 26 acres surrounding the manor, I was able to take many breathtaking shots of the newlyweds, including some beautiful shots of the bride and groom enveloped in the fog of a manufactured cloud. The fun-loving couple was filled with love and laughter as moments were frozen in time. I very much enjoyed their company and, as many Leicestershire wedding photographers know, it’s often difficult to find subjects with whom you feel kindred.
In the stunning setting of the old country manor, the day was filled with a beautiful and surprise-filled wedding, of which I was honoured to be a part. I’m sure I cannot be the only one to appreciate the emotions emanating from such an enormous mishap on the most important day of a bride’s life. Helen and John, it has been a privilege. I wish you the best…and suggest you get some insurance on those rings!
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