Choosing to marry on the August bank holiday weekend, they were hoping for summer weather, unfortunately there were thunderous downpours on the day but it failed to have a negative impact on the married couple. Chris and Claudette epitomise ‘childhood sweethearts’; meeting at College as teenagers it has taken them nearly 10 years to become husband and wife.
Weddings are always a joyous occasion but the wedding of Chris and Claudette was a highly anticipated wedding that somehow seemed more special than others I have attended. This is by no means detrimental to any other wedded couples, but we had a long count down for this one and the plans were talked about all the time. It really was THE wedding of 2011. Wills and Kate who?
Claudette designed and created almost every aspect of this wedding with the loving support of her groom-to-be agreeing with all of her choices. She was a determined bride-to-be with not a bridezilla moment to be seen (not by myself anyway), and together they made their dreams a possibility. The bride and groom truly understand and appreciate family and friendship values and they both worked incredibly hard to combine all aspects of their wedding to create the perfect day.
Chris and Claudette opted for a traditional church wedding located in their local village church. The colour scheme was a summer appropriate of pink and sage green. The church was decorated with candles and Ivy and a stunning rose archway was created on the doors to the church. On the morning of the wedding Chris invited the guests to share with him his last drink as a single man. With over 100 day guests it wasn’t long before their local pub was filled to the brim. This shows how much love other people have for this couple and it was a great nerve calming exercise!
The wedding reception was held in a stunning marquee on private farm land overlooking acres of gorgeous countryside. The sunshine mixed with rain created amazing scenery. Hay bales, homemade cushions and tealights flooded the field whilst bunting and rose decorated candelabras filled the marquee. The wedding couldn’t have been more perfectly English if they tried. Entertainment was well thought-out; there was a harpist at the drinks reception, a magician (who was genuinely magic!) for after the wedding breakfast and a DJ to start the evening party.
Claudette made a lovely ‘guest tree’ which was totally unique and such a lovely keepsake – guests were asked to ink up their thumbs, sign their initials and create a memorable and personal masterpiece. I have never come across this before and thought it was a great idea. From the gingerbread people favours to the mini rave in the early hours and all the activity in between, this wedding totally reflected both of their personalities, which any bride will know is difficult to achieve.
Right from the start, following through to the hen and stag parties and through to the day itself, this beautiful couple made you feel a part of their family. I’ve never known generosity in such abundance and I am so very honoured that I was a part of your celebrations. I truly wish you have much love and happiness in your lives and are blessed with good fortune. Cheers to growing old together.
Penelope x xPhotography contribution – Rock it up Photography