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Thursday, 16 August 2018

When Tim Bowled His Maiden Over

Tim and Emily were married in West Dean church in Wiltshire. It was an extraordinary and wonderful day in so many ways.

The music for the ceremony was provided by an award-winning steel band from Littlehampton. The sound they created was perfect. We cringed a little when we first saw them because we thought the sound would be hard, loud and unpleasant - but it was the very opposite. It was mellow and lyrical and wonderfully musical. 

The steel band was a huge hit with the guests.

After the ceremony...

...whilst we were photographing groups outside the church, a tall tree near the lych gate was in full white blossom and the wind's direction and strength showered the entire churchyard with what looked like white confetti. A wonderful blessing for the newly weds.

It wasn't just us that was taking photographs.

Some came out better than others!

Tim and Emily had their Reception in West Dean Barn behind the church. 

When they booked it for their wedding it was still being renovated. But it was ready in plenty of time and looked amazing.

And the details on the tables were gorgeous.

We took Tim and Emily outside for some romantic pictures in the courtyard of the barn.

They were really good together...

...and just loved being in each other's company.

Completely unprompted and in the silence of the courtyard, they started dancing together to music only they could hear. It was lovely.

They had so many lovely moments together.

They were a real joy to photograph.


The steel band played during drinks and canap├ęs. With the addition a drum kit and a bass guitar they were playing pop and rock hits from over the decades.

The vibe the band created was perfect. 

Everybody had a fabulous time. 

There were lots of smiling faces.

Honestly this band would have been an amazing alternative to a DJ for the evening party.

When the band finished its set there were genuine noises of disappointment. 

Then the announcement to "Please take your seats."

The caterers were really professional and looked amazing...

...and were very efficient the way an entire table was served at the same time.

Then it was time for the speeches.

The groom's speech was awesome. He has always been passionate about cricket and he described how he met Emily, how he wooed her, how that sometimes went well and sometimes not - but he used metaphoric cricket terms throughout. It was absolutely delightful.

At one point he was describing how his wooing had not gone so well and he described it as something like being "All-out before Tea but narrowly avoiding the Follow On."

As their wedding day turned to evening we took some more romantic photographs of them.

As the sun went down, Emily's bridesmaids got playful...

...and wanted to do synchronised star-jumps on top of the industrial sized hay bales...in the dark! What could possibly go wrong!

Then they realised there was enough of them to spell E-M-I-L-Y. 

They wanted us to photograph them doing the bride's name in secret so it would be a surprise for Emily when she looked through her wedding photographs.

And here are Team Bridesmaids waving to Emily for when she first looked through her wedding photos.

Then it was on to the cutting of the cake...

...and First Dance.

They had an excellent live band to dance to for the evening. 

The guests were spell-bound watching this fabulous couple dancing together.

There's no doubt about it, Tim certainly bowled his maiden over.

It was an amazing day. We wish them the very best in their life together.

by Jacqui and Steve
(occasionally allowed in Wiltshire)