Leicestershire Wedding Photography

There have been so many awful aspects when it comes to Covid-19, but what I have started to notice is that we are all emerging from this with a new appreciation for life – an appreciation that until this pandemic, nothing was holding us back from achieving our goals and when we go back to normal, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of people not allowing opportunities to pass them by. I have been privileged to be a wedding photographer for couples who have lived with this pandemic and instead of letting it get the best of them, they have chosen to adapt their day so that they can still get married, even if they have had to reduce their guestlist to a select few of their nearest and dearest. This mentality of ‘Adapt, Improvise & Overcome’ was perfectly personified by Maisie & Freddie.

For Maisie & Freddie’s big day, I was working alongside Darren Gair from The Last Of The Light, and my job was to capture the boys getting ready while Darren was in charge of capturing the Bridal prep. I rocked up to near the Leicestershire town of Ashby-De-La-Zouch, the location of both the Groom prep and where the reception will be held and was greeted by one of the doggos – it was at that moment I knew that day was going to be a win! After saying hello to Freddie, his groomsmen and his mom and dad, I got to work on grabbing some details from the marquee in the back while the boys were putting the finishing touches in place, which included moving a table six inches over here…no, I think it looked better over there…bit more…perfect. I know what that level of OCD feels like!

After getting snaps of Freddie and the boys getting ready, they went out to the marquee to have a drink or two before setting off to St. Helen’s Parish Church in Ashby-De-La-Zouch and not long after, guests had started to arrive. Only 30 guests were allowed in the church at this stage of the pandemic, but there was a small socially distanced crowd awaiting outside the church to cheer Maisie on as she walked up the path with her dad and Bridal party. The crowd also stuck around to give an even bigger cheer afterwards too.

After the I dos, Darren and I got to work on capturing some candids before taking advantage of the grounds at St. Helen’s for some portraits of the newlyweds. Once that was done, we raced back to the marquee for one of the best confetti shots I have ever taken right before the canapes came out on this summer afternoon.  With the bar being put to full use, real ale and prosseco were the orders of the day, as well as some bags of crisps that I’m pretty sure stopped being made in the 90s (remember Nik Naks and Potato Puffs?).

Speeches from Maisie’s dad, Freddie and the Best Man, Henry, in-between courses of the wedding breakfast gave their audience the perfect blend of laughter and tears with some heart-warming stories being told.  Despite the fact that Freddie was a bit nervous before his speech, he absolutely nailed it.

As the sun was setting, Darren and I grabbed the happy couple again for a few more portraits before going back to the marquee to start the party.  The first dance was performed by a live band and from there, the party just kept on rocking. Obviously, I could not leave without grabbing a few night-time portraits too though!

Maisie & Freddie, I doff my proverbial cap to you and to your nearest and dearest for putting on a day that, despite having to work within the restrictions, was perfect in every way. If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, then please do drop me a line.