Lydia and Nick's relaxed, intimate, spring micro wedding at Gilbert White's House, Selborne, Hampshire.
This was a super-mini-micro-wedding, even by usual micro wedding standards, and I absolutely loved it! Lydia and Nick were here 'just to do the legal side of things', and then jetting off for their big wedding celebrations in France a few days later.
I must admit that part of me was expecting this gorgeous couple to turn up in jeans and t-shirts, simply to sign their marriage documents and have an engagement-style photo session with me. But when 9 immaculately dressed guests turned up I began to wonder if this super chilled out couple had something else in mind. Then from around the corner came the most beautifully dressed, good-looking couple! I love, love, love a wedding jumpsuit, and Lydia absolutely rocked hers! Seriously, what's not to love about a wedding outfit that has pockets!?
Never having visited Gilbert White's House, I wasn't sure what to expect on that front either. The short ceremony was meant to take place inside the house, but I actually never made it inside. It was a beautiful spring day and when the lovely registrars turned up, they were so enthusiastic about moving the ceremony outside into the stunning grounds.
In the grounds there is a small area with a pond and a little wooden bridge over it. The whole area is covered in blossom trees, which of course were in full bloom at the end of April. It was decided that the ceremony would take place on the bridge, with the guests gathered on the 3 platforms at the side of the pond. There was a light breeze and the blossom trees were starting to shed their petals. It was like nature was making its own confetti. Sounds super romantic, doesn't it? Well, it certainly was. I always find myself grinning throughout wedding ceremonies, from behind my camera. I love being surrounded by love. I love being in the presence of a couple on the start of their married journey together, surrounded by their favourite people. I love seeing the happiness on their faces as they are pronounced husband and wife.
After the ceremony, there was a small drinks reception, with fizz made in the very village of Selborne that Gilbert White's House is located. Then I took the gorgeous newlyweds off for a few photos among the blossom, flowers and greenery of the beautiful grounds. So many couples say that they don't like having their photo taken or that they aren't very good in front of the camera, but like always on a wedding day, love shines through and makes even the most nervous, camera-shy person glow with happiness.
This was definitely my smallest wedding so far in my photography career, but it was also one of my favourites. I love an intimate ceremony, a relaxed couple and blossom in full bloom. What's not to love?!