Leicestershire Wedding // Rachel & Sam
This story began when we met Rachel and Sam for coffee a few months before their wedding day. Both are very talented designers and it seemed like we spent most of our time asking them about everything to do with design, rather than photography. We very quickly felt like we’d known them for years.
Rachel’s day started at an amazing house in Leicestershire which she had rented for her bridal party. It was bustling with activity, with everyone in different rooms getting themselves prepared for the day ahead. With the sun beating down and the bridesmaid’s colourful dresses, it really felt like Summer had finally arrived! Sam’s morning began at his parent’s house, just taking it easy, making bacon butties and lots of tea for everyone! Amazingly, Sam had the key (a gigantic key) to the church and he arrived there just in time to unlock it before guests started to arrive and fill up this beautifully tiny church. It made for such an intimate service and it was wonderful to see it packed full with Rachel and Sam’s loved ones.
One thing that stood out when we first met Rachel and Sam was the connection they had with their families and their family histories. Their reception was going to be held at Sam’s grandparents Leicestershire farmhouse and they asked if we’d mind taking a photo from one of the little attic windows, of guests enjoying themselves in the courtyard below. Sam’s parents had also held their wedding reception at the farmhouse and a similar photograph had been taken then. On the day, we got to climb up into the old, somewhat creaky attic, and look down at everyone enjoying themselves in the courtyard. It felt like something from a storybook. Standing there, looking through the small dusty attic window, time seemed to stand still for a moment. Bouncing off the walls was the distant sound of children running around, laughing and playing in the late afternoon sun. We could hear the chatter and hum of family and friends catching up, glasses clinking, garden games in full swing and everyone just having fun. This farmhouse really felt like Rachel and Sam’s home from home and it was clear how many memories it held for them. There was something so calm, uncomplicated and peaceful about the day.
The party moved into a fabulous marquee at the back of the house and the warm evening meant guests could continue their garden games late into the night under festoon lights. Having put down our cameras, we were greeted with a couple of drinks from Rachel and Sam. It was very touching, their party was in full swing but they went out of their way to spend time with us. It was just like the first time we met, chatting away about all sorts. They made us feel like part of their wedding party, like old friends, and in all honesty it was hard to tear ourselves away. As we left, the bright moon filled the sky and we couldn’t help but take one last shot...look closely and there’s even a shooting star!
Venues: St Luke, Newton Harcourt & The Farm, Wigston Magna, Leicestershire
Videographer: Craig Veasey www.amazingdayz.com