This was my kind of wedding. Big time.
You know what? I like to party and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the essence of every wedding should be one almighty celebration. It’s the biggest day of your life so make it so. Surround yourselves with the people that mean the most to you, grin from ear to ear from start to finish and squeeze every drop out of that day that you’ve invested so many hours planning. Details are great and cool and we all like them but much more important at a wedding is people, love, exuberant celebrations and good times… the best of times in fact. And this wedding right here encapsulates everything I’ve just said to a tee. Nicola and Alex absolutely knocked their wedding out of the park and honestly it was the biggest privilege to be a part of it and to be able to capture it for them.
The celebrations were held at the fantastic Talton Lodge near Stratford-upon-Avon with a wonderfully personal humanist ceremony by the quite excellent Ewan Main – lovely to see him on a wedding day again. Well, the ceremony was almost all under his direction. The fact is, Alex’s grandad, Alex the 1st, is a vicar and the reading he was asked to give evolved into an impromptu and frankly hilarious sermon. He actually ended up being cut short in his prime for fears over timings going awry! Following that the first of three bands led the guests to the adjacent field where they were greeted by some amazingly decorated teepees and a Victorian style fairground. Honestly, the effort these guys went to was amazing. I won’t go into the minutiae of the details but we’re talking a bonfire, sparklers, the filthiest speech of the year, Alex doing an off the cuff (and damned impressive) acoustic turn with his mate…. I could go on.
This was Brostfest and I was there. Wishing you guys many long and happy years together!
// Talton Lodge wedding photography by John Hope