Old Worleys Henley – Jonny & Bec’s Wedding

Second shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Jonny & Bec’s Wedding – Worleys Farm, Henley – June 2013

I was thrilled to be second shooting again for Kate Hopewell-Smith and today I was very excited as the wedding reception was going to be at one of my favourite venues – Old Worleys in Henley.

In the morning I met Kate at Bec’s parents house where there was a hub of activity, the Bride was getting hair and make up done and the Bridesmaids were making sure everything was running on time.  While they were all finishing off their hair and make-up Kate and I took this opportunity to see the dress and take all details shots first – we were blown away when we saw the Sassi Holford dress along with all her gorgeous jewellery.  One by one the girls were ready and they came into the room to see the dress – then her mum entered and was moved to tears which nearly set us all off……!   Bec looked amazing – it was very Grace Kelly and I loved it.

I headed off to the church to meet the Groom, Best Man and Ushers and to photograph the guests arriving on vintage busses.  Everyone seemed in high spirits and excited about the day.  The church was in Sunninghill, Ascot close to their home and was very beautiful with amazing stain glass windows to the front above the alter which lit up as the sun hit it.  All the bridal party arrived with Kate on the fabulous vintage buses – the Bride arrived with her dad and looked radiant, elegant and graceful.  As the music started I could feel the tension building but everyone managed to hold it together and the hymns raised the roof.

After the ceremony the guests climbed back onto the vintage busses and headed onto the reception at Old Wosely Farm in Henley.  On arrival to the venue you are struck by the rolling hills and stunning countryside.  The marquee was set up on the hill with nothing but views from every angle.  The marquee was open at the front to allow the feeling of being outside in a field in the middle of nowhere and the roof was glass to allow the light in and the amazing colour of the sky.  The tables were delicately decorated and a huge glass mirror was used as the table plan with all the guests names written on it.  The cake was a layered cream and berry fruits which looked delicious – it couldn’t be more perfect even if you had dreamt it…..

The happy couple arrived and the guests enjoyed drinks outside in the glorious sunshine.  Kate and I took the couple off for some photos in the long grasses and their really sweet dog called Winnie joined us too.  The house is privately owned and we were kindly allowed to use part of their lovely rose garden for some of the photos which was a delight – the perfume from the flowers filled the air.

The guests stat down for their wedding breakfast and the Bride had arranged a special surprise present for the Groom – Jonny was given a little box and when he opened it he was in total shock as Bec had placed some photos of a new puppy she had brought and named Wosely after the venue  – he has always wanted a second dog and so he was almost moved to tears – what a wonderful present.

After dinner the Father, Groom and Best Men delivered very funny and heart felt speeches.  Afterwards, Kate and I took the opportunity to take the Bride and Groom out into the field one last time as the sun was setting to take some lovely romantic photos in amongst the grass.

The cake was cut, the band started to play and the Bride and Groom took to the floor……It was such an amazing wedding – everything from the dress to the vintage busses, the flowers, the details on the table and not to mention the stunning venue made for a really memorable and happy day I am sure they will remember for the rest of their lives.  For more on their wedding go to Kate’s blog http://blog.katehopewellsmith.com


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