I once read somewhere “When life gives you a rainy day, play in the puddles” and that is just what Jennie and Dan did when it rained pretty much the whole of their wedding day. They got married at The Ashes in Endon Staffordshire which is picture perfect for a beautifully natural barn wedding with amazing grounds. Some people would have been distraught waking up to see the less than favourable forecast, but these two had simply the best attitude that absolutely nothing was going to dampen their spirits.
In fact, these two are pretty used to overcoming life’s little challenges, like living and working at opposite ends of the country. Jennie is a journalist for the Daily Mail based in London and Dan is a criminal barrister in Manchester, so it won’t come as any surprise that they’re both pretty good with words. Add to the mix that they, and many of their friends, are a little bit theatrical (they met at a Pantomime while at university) and you’ve got a recipe for quite possibly the most hilarious, well delivered speeches I’ve ever heard and some pretty comical shapes being thrown on the dance floor – I’ll let the images do the talking on that one!
When it came to shooting their couple portraits Jennie was an absolute trooper. She had decided her fabulous Essence of Australia dress was going to bear the trademarks of the traditional British April showers and was up for going pretty much anywhere. I’d been eyeing up a beautiful little spot by the pond which was only accessible by crossing about 50 feet of waterlogged lawn and whilst pondering how we could get Jennie there with minimum collateral damage to her beautiful blue Oscar de la Renta shoes, one of the groomsmen, Camilo, swept Jennie up in a fireman’s lift and carted her off to the other side. Not wanting to waste this gift from the theatrical Gods, Dan stepped right into character as the cuckolded husband and chased ‘angrily’ after them…it has to be one of my favourite shots from their day…as they say, you can take the boy out of pantomime…you know the rest!
This was a great opening act to kick off the wedding season – thanks Jennie and Dan for giving me front row tickets to the show, and a massive thanks to Jessica Jager, in her supporting role as my second shooter on the day. Bravo!