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19.09.14

High Elms Manor Weddings – Laura and Jay

London Wedding Photography

Hi Alexis,
The pictures are fantastic, we have already viewed them several times and are very happy with them so thank you very much for immortalising our wedding day. I’m personally very impressed with how you manage to take some of the pictures as I don’t recall you there at all at the time of those pictures; that and your friendly demeanor and professionalism was noted not just by us but also guests at the party 🙂

Wedding days are memorable.  It is the day when two people publicly declare their love and intention to be together forever, in front of their family friends and if they are religious, in front of God too. They are memorable also for many other reasons: families meet for the first time, friends from different times of your life get to meet. The wedding of Laura and Jay was a glorious event for all of these reasons! It also had that international feel, with Jay’s family coming over from Denmark. They did not only bring their love and humour to the day, but also many new traditions which I was delighted to witness.

The day started at Laura’s parents’ house where everyone was getting ready. It was a beautiful morning, with the sun shining and a very relaxed atmosphere in the house. The ceremony took place at their local church, with a very accomodating priest who let me shoot (thanks father!) and record this important moment for this lovely couple. The excitement of the guests was palapable when I arrived at the church. The service included singing  from friends and family singing and a friend playing the guitar.

High Elms Manor weddings are beautiful. It is a gorgeous venue and it looked even better in the sunshine for Laura and Jay. We arrived with plenty of time for guests to mingle and enjoy the drinks reception and canapes. The wedding breakfast was delicious and it included some of the traditions I was mentioning above. When guests chink their glasses, the couple have to stand on their chairs and kiss. When the guests tap their feet, the couple have to kiss under the table. Finally, when the groom leaves the room, the male guests can come for a kiss with the bride! I love discovering new traditions like this! 🙂

After the speeches, some very emotional, it was time for some dancing. This also included some dancing to Danish traditional music while the men would get hold of the groom and cut the end of his sock. I hear this is to prove that the bride can sew. The ladies in turn cut the bride’s veil to signify her paasage from girl to woman. Great stuff, although those scissors looked a bit dangerous at times in the melee!

Laura and Jay made me feel incredibly welcome and are two incredibly nice people. Their families and friends clearly love them very much, there was a lot of hugging on the day!

Below is a short selection of my favourite images from the day, I really hope that you like them. I can certainly recommend High Elms Manor weddings, the venue is beautiful and the service is great.

If you are looking for High Elms Manor weddings, please contact me to discuss, I would love to hrear your plans!

 

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