Lydia and Simon’s Launde Abbey Wedding
The photos are fantastic! We love them. Many thanks for all your hard work – we feel you managed to perfectly capture the atmosphere of our day!Back in May this year I had a lovely day photographing Lydia and Simon’s wonderful Leicestershire wedding. Simon is a photographer himself, and while I have photographed other photographers weddings before, I’m not immune to the slight increase in pressure this brings. In the event, not only was this one of the friendliest weddings I can remember being a part of, but I thoroughly enjoyed shooting it – the fact that their reception took place at the incomparably tranquil Launde Abbey, Leicestershire, which has long been one of my favourite wedding locations, definitely played apart, but overall it was the warm ambiance that seemed to infuse this wedding that made it such a joy to be a part of.
- Lydia & Simon
My day began at St Denys Church in Evington where Simon and his squad of Ushers – there were so many that I soon lost count – were getting ready to meet and greet their guests. From the moment the first guests arrived, it felt as though a pent up emotional charge had been released. Rarely have I witnessed so many warm welcomes – there were long embraces, bear-like man hugs, firm handshakes and pats on the back a plenty as Simon and his ushing team did an incredible job of making each and every guest feel welcome.
With almost all the guests seated in the church, Lydia arrived in style, sitting with her Dad and bridesmaids on beautifully restored vintage double decker bus. It made for quite a scene as they all got off, Lydia waiting until last before taking her first steps towards her married life to come. Once she entered the church, it was my chance to draw breath as photography wasn’t allowed during the service (this is a subject I will write more on soon, but if anyone reading this faces the same issue, I genuinely believe that with the right approach, church ceremonies can be photographed quietly, unobtrusively and sensitively, and on some occasions I’ve managed to convince previously anti-photographer vicars that this can be done, so feel free to get in touch if I can help).
As the couple walked up the aisle, there was another huge release of emotion as the guests broke into a round of applause and Lydia euphorically fist-pumped the air with her bouquet. Once outside the elated couple were surrounded by eager family and friends all wanting to offer a word of congratulation and a celebratory hug.
Once the hugathon subsided and confetti had been thrown, it was all aboard the wedding bus as the couple headed off to Launde Abbey for their reception. There’s something genuinely special about this retreat house set in the midst of some of the East Midland’s most beautiful countryside and, as the warm, loving vibe from the churchyard continued to blossom, Launde added it’s own touch of magic to Lydia and Simon’s already perfect day.
After a drinks reception on the lawn in front of the house, everyone settled down in the marquee for the wedding breakfast. There was a lively buzz throughout, but the speeches were arguably the highlight: Lydia’s Dad’s speech set the bar particularly high with a very accomplished, personal and amusing speech that left me wondering how Simon could match it. So I guess he must’ve been relieved he’d put some work in as his rhyming speech went down a storm. Remarkably, the absolute high point came later, with a poignant love song sung by the best man… to the groom! I guess you had to be there, but it really was quite a moment.
Finally I’d like to thank Lydia and Simon for choosing me to photograph their wedding and wish them a long and happy marriage – it was a privilege to be a part of such a special day.