This blog post comes one year on from a wonderful wedding that I both worked at and we went to as guests last year. Happy anniversary Talia and Richard, I hope this brings back some special memories!
Every now and again a wedding comes along that ticks all of those boxes, this was one of those weddings. I shoot a handful of weddings abroad every year, mainly in Italy and France, so when Talia and Richard told me about their wedding and went into the details, well it just kept getting better and better.
The fact that they are some of our closest friends and we managed to make a family holiday out of it was an absolute bonus too. After a couple of slow days travel by train down to the Dordogne, we arrived at the incredible Chateau la Durantie, http://www.chateauladurantie.com/index2.php#/home/
several days before the wedding. This was to be our home for the next week and as wedding venues go, it was pretty spectacular.
The build up to the wedding involved some lazy days, wine and cheese fuelled evenings, an open air food market where we celebrated my lovely wife's birthday and plenty of pre wedding excitement.
Friday night was a welcome party for guests as the last of the friends and family arrived over from the UK. A pizza van was on hand, sporting wood fired pizza oven, and the guests were soon getting things underway. The team from Reelvision arrived and began their three day coverage of the event, definitely worth checking their website out, http://www.reel-vision.com
Of course there was the standard pre match excitement, but we were all in fine shape for the main event on the Saturday.
Come the day of the wedding, there was an army of friends helping out. The place was soon looking shipshape and Talia and Richard were able to begin their wedding preparations.
As morning's always go on the day of any wedding, the time flew by and everyone was soon ready to go. Richard looked great in his custom made suit by VS Mono of London and Talia looked incredible in her Laure de Sazagan dress, http://www.lauredesagazan.fr
by Mews Bridal of Notting Hill, http://www.themewsnottinghill.co.uk
. The guests had a nice surprise when Talia was accompanied down the aisle by the simply incredible London Essentials, http://thelondonessentials.com
. I see lots of very good wedding bands in my line of work, but these guys take it to the next level, amazing!
So the day went perfectly, with everything going to plan. After drinks outside the Chateau it was down to the marquee for the wedding breakfast. Balancing working and being a guest is never a problem for me, I work first then play catch up later. Speeches were great and Richard's best man, his brother Alex, opened his speech with probably the funniest opening line I've heard to date.
The band were excellent and got everyone going, into the first dance and beyond. The dance floor was full until some point late into the early hours, I have no idea when. I told you I played catch up well, so the rest gets a little bit hazy I'm afraid. There are some photographs to document what happened, and I'm not even sure if I can take credit for these as Mike from Reelvision did disappear with my camera at some point.
I would like to say that the Sunday was a sedate, relaxed affair by the pool but it's only the 'by the pool' bit that is true about that statement. The afternoon was a family party and as the sun went down and the children were all safely tucked up in bed with babysitters on standby, we went in for round three.
All in all, probably the best wedding I have ever attended as either guest or photographer. Simply wonderful!
A very special wedding for a very special couple