From the first time that we met Jade and James we knew that it was going to be a wonderful experience. Not only are this couple completely in love, but they value people. :-)
Their wedding venue was the beautiful Dunchurch Park Hotel near Rugby; a manor house set in acres of stunning gardens. We instantly knew why they had chosen it for their day. The weather forecast was dismal and it did, indeed, pour down for most of the day, but this was never going dampen this couple's party!
As we entered the bridal preparation room, there was joyous, fun mayhem. Jade was having her hair done, whilst her two gorgeous girls played excitedly... ...and that was before the other gorgeous girls, children and parents arrived. There was such a lovely atmosphere as everyone helped each other, but we did rather fill the room!
We snuck out with Jade's incredible dress; a ruched bodice with a lace, overlaid skirt, all finished off with a diamonte set. She was going to look stunning.
Jade was a perfect picture of calm and when asked simply answered that she was excited rather than nervous. Although a gift and a card with heartfelt words from James almost tested her mascara.
Speaking of the man himself, our groom was getting ready. We loved the blue suits with aqua details.
Once again it was a room full laughter, support and lots of banter...
... though a little less active than the bride's room! Jade's daughters are very much loved by both of them and it was important to our groom that the girls felt as special as possible on the wedding day; so he arranged for the girls to meet him so that he could give them presents (even Jade didn't know)!
The hour before the service always disappears the fastest. The boys were ready in good time, the girls were a little more pushed, but perfection takes time and wasn't it worth it?!
We stole a few moments to capture some bridal portraits with Jade who looked simply exquisite.
We also managed to keep Jade's dad Keith out of of the room so that he could have a first look at his beautiful daughter. He managed to blink them back, but we did catch him welling up ;-)
So the proud parents gave their respective children a last squeeze before the ceremony.
It was time and as James turned to see his bride, the look said it all...
...he was getting married to the love of his life...
After the ceremony and welcome drinks, we stole the couple away for some couple portraits, bringing the outside into them as much as we could...
...and capturing the closeness of this fabulous couple.
In the meantime the girls were given the task of watching the weather and telling us if there was a break in the wind and rain!
Despite the air being damp and the ground wet and muddy, Jade and James were determined to get outside into the grounds for a few photographs. As Jade said, "I am never going to wear this dress again, but our photographs will be forever." We could not have said it better and were determined to do them proud.
From the ornate door canopy and steps of the house...
...we took a gentle stroll along rain soaked paths to the main harden staircase. Although we had been unable to take the group photographs there, Jade was determined to have a veil shot.
... and deserved to have an iconic photograph by the lake.
After a sumptuous meal in the beautiful Great Hall, followed by lively speeches there was a lovely lull when guests could relax, chat and refresh. Our game couple were happy to have more photographs; determined to create some lifetime memories...
...before partying equally as hard with their wonderful friends and family. Everyone had been such a joy to work with and we thank them wholeheartedly.
We left to the sound of much laughter and merriment, knowing that the newly married couple had the images they had been so trusting to get. Not many couples will risk getting wet because their photographers have told them that backlit rain at the gates will look like stars. Thank you both - you were amazing. <3