So back to back weddings!
On a massive high from the previous days wedding at Packington Moor, jumping out of bed shortly after 6am on Saturday morning to head towards Nottinghamshire was a walk in the park.
We had meet Annabel & Graeme at Twycross Zoo wedding fair in 2015, 5 minutes with these pair and you can’t help but smile and feel happy, they had so much energy and warmth that we new their wedding day would be a brilliant affair.
Ahead of a 12.30pm service at the zoo, the first stop was Annabel & Graeme’ house. Preparations where already underway with hair by Danielle Chamberlin from Hair Design by Danielle. Chris meanwhile had met up with Graeme and the boys at his families home nearby. Wedding mornings are brilliant, a constant buzz of activity, providing excellent opportunities for candid photography to begin telling the story of every couples wedding day, whist also getting us introduced to family and friends.
By 10.30am Keith from Morton Vintage hire had arrived in ‘Walter the blue camper van’ to take Annabel, her Dad Jonathan and sister Harriet on to the zoo.
With the temperature already in the 20’s (again) I was thankful to my recently recharged air conditioned car to take a rest-bite from the heat of the day – arriving at the venue Chris was busy putting the lads through there paces in a photography sense, allowing me to capture some detail shots around the venue.
As ‘Walter’ turned into the zoo the last of their guests were taking the seats in Windows on the Wild, the boarded walkway provided an ideal location for a few relaxed pictures of Annabel, Bridesmaids and father ahead of a intimate ceremony which included a reading by Annabel’s sister Harriet.
Soon the new Mr & Mrs Clark were literally being showered in purple & white confetti as they made their way to ‘Norton Grange’, the old house on the Zoo’s grounds, for a drinks reception with ice cream & sorbet by Morton vintage. The private Norton Grange provided the ideal backdrop for a few formal group shots, which were undertaken quickly, allowing guests to continue to enjoy the ice cream and sunshine before heading for an afternoon around the zoo.
As the last of the guests left we took advantage of both the ice cream bike from Morton Vintage and ‘Walter the camper van’ for photographs, before the couple headed of to tour the zoo together. Anyone at the zoo on Saturday will defiantly have noticed Annabel and Graeme in their full wedding attire.
Later that afternoon we met up with the couple again at Uda Walla, for further portraits planned during the couples pre wedding shoot, an ideal time as the zoo was now beginning to quieten down for the day. As more members of the public congratulated the pair we worked our way around the zoo before heading back together to Window of the Wilds ahead of their wedding breakfast begining.
With a nice break from tradition the speeches took place after the main course and before their Oreo cheesecake dessert. Annabel’s dad reminisced with stories of Annabel’s childhood, and the pride he felt on her wedding day, before Graeme continued with a humorous and heartfelt speech, which left best man Nick to round of the speeches, with sincere warmth about his best friend Graeme.
As the formalities ended and further guests arrived the celebrations continued in ‘Himalya’, now closed to the public, as the evening reception got underway, Annabel and Graeme took to the dance floor for their 1st dance.
Annabel & Graeme , what a real pleasure for us both to be involved in your day a the zoo and getting to know you both, Your friends and family will definitely never forget it, we look forward to editing and sharing your pictures with you over the next few weeks.
We wish you all the best for the future.
Alex & Chris