It's a great feeling, photographing a wedding where not at any point of the day does it feel like work. Gemma and Russ' wedding at the lovely Secret Garden in Gringley, Nottinghamshire was definitely one of those. The whole occasion was a pleasure to be a part of from start to finish, even if I did have to spend 45 mins in a plastic pancho due to a downpour. The venue looked incredible and is one which I recommend highly. The bride looked stunning and with Russ and one of his best men (Jerome) kitted out in military uniform, is was impossible not to get some great shots.
I think I'll have two lasting memories from this day. One of those will be the silent disco, which was the first one I've had the pleasure of witnessing first hand. They're hilariously good fun, espcially if you're the one without the headphones. Listening to the guests sing along to what ever channel they've tuned in to was hard on the ears at times, but you couldn't help but smile and join in. My second memory will be the speeches. All four of them were brilliant but the grooms speech was one which I think I'll remember for a long time. I don't think I've ever heard one that came across so heartfelt and grateful. There was barely a dry eye in the room after Russ had finished.
Gemma and Russ are a wonderful couple and it was a privilege to be a part of their day. I wish them all the success in marriage. Congratulations to them both.