It could have been a wash out with Storm Brian causing havoc, however, it was quite the contrary as Saturday turned out to be the most wonderful day full of autumn colour, fun loving guests in a magical setting. The weather forecast looked bleak and blustery with severe weather warnings, news reports advised battening down the hatches in preparation for the wrath of Storm Brian but the outcome was fortunately far less extreme to the predictions. Maybe this was thanks to the tradition of a lucky Irish statue called the Infant of Praque which is placed in the garden the night before a wedding in the hope of gaining some divine assistance for good weather on the big day. Well it certainly worked or maybe it was simply the luck of the Irish!
Katie stayed the night before the wedding in a charming old cottage with close family and friends. Come the morning the cottage was a hive of activity providing a wonderful cosy haven for bridal preparations while Storm Brian whipped around outside. Katie’s cousin worked her hair styling talents into creating an incredible up do (that scooped up compliments all day long), while Katie’s brother in law sizzled up a cooked breakie, Katie and the girls magiced up the prettiest table decor in seconds while the kids tried on contain their excitement. While I was snapping details I came across a coy flower girl tottering in Katie’s bridal shoes!!!! Too funny and such a precious moment! It reminded me of when I was a similar age trying on my mum’s gold ballroom shoes that caught my eye! Katie stepped into her beautiful Emma Victoria Payne dress in the largest laundry room I have come across overlooking the dramatic Hay on Wye landscape.
Next stop after leaving a truly glowing bride and maids was the market town of Hereford to photograph the Groom and his party enjoying a spot of Dutch courage before the ceremony at the catholic church of St Francis Xavier. Everyone piled in the church for a heartfelt ceremony while Storm Brian huffed and puffed outside. Then it was back to the grounds of Harry’s family home in Hay on Wye to start the celebrations beginning with a drinks reception in the cosy shelter of a spectacular marquee. I stopped by the huge transparent marquee the day before while the finishing touches were being made to the long tables decked with beautiful green ferns and foliage, complimentary wooden chairs and hanging tea and fairy lights. The extensive detailing was overwhelming then so to see all the candles lit, tables adorned with crockery and suspended rustic greenery took my breath away. Harry and Katie have been busy bees during the run up! The ambience become even cosier and magical as the natural light dimmed as the candles and up-lighters gave a soft warm glow. Each guest was designated a sparkler which spontaneously were lit en masse during the reception creating a mesmerising spectacle.
The Infant of Prague statue certainly warded off the rain long enough to photograph some fun portraits before the feasting and speeches commenced. It was lovely use the sentimental backdrop of Harry’s family home and autumnal grounds for photos. It wasn’t long before Irish touches and merriment took to the dance floor after a shot of Guinness. A traditional Irish band played while the girls (and a few men!) jigged, kicked and twirled around having crazy fun. The drink’s flowed at “Harry’s Bar” as everyone cut wild shapes on the dance floor.
Thank you Harry and Katie, it was a pleasure to photograph your day and so great to see so much detail and involvement in the planning/decor by a Groom! 🙂 Such a magical marquee and day combined with Storm Brian – unforgettable in a good way! ❤️
Venue: Family home, Hay on Wye
Wedding Dress: Emma Victoria Payne
Veil: Emma Victoria Payne
Wedding Shoes: Asos
Groom’s attire: Harry’s own tails and waistcoat
Florals: Issy & Bella
Hair: Bride’s cousin
Make Up: Leah James