Fiona and George were married at the beginning of May one one of the first days that really felt like summer was just around the corner. Fiona got ready at her parents home, just around the corner from Birdham Church where the ceremony took place. I if the church looks familiar, it is the same as Hayley and Matt’s wedding just two weeks previously!
Lucy from ID Makeup was already at the house when I arrived doing a spectacular job of Fiona’s make up which looked really natural and pretty. The very excited flower girl who loved watching Lucy at work. Fiona wore a beautiful gown by Stella York and she was driven to the church with her father in a 1911 Model T Ford, driven by a family friend.
At the church, the boys awaited Fiona’s arrival and greeted the guests in gorgeous sunshine. The Vicar at the Church, the Reverend Jonathan Swindells was welcoming as always and gave the Fiona some very wise advice from the Ladybird Book of the Husband during the ceremony.
After the couple left the church through a brilliant confetti walk, we headed to the home of another friend nearby, which had spectacular views of Chichester Harbour before making our way back to the house where the celebrations began. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés on the front lawn while we visited another neighbours house for the group shots (this really was an event where the neighbourhood all pulled together to make things work so well)
The meal of spit roasted lamb was prepared by the Chichester Hog Squad and it was absolutely delicious! Speeches followed the meal and included one of the most emotional best man’s speeches ever. As the speeches ended I was aware that the sunset was promising to be pretty amazing and once again we dashed to the neighbours garden to catch the final few minutes before the sun disappeared – I think the results were worth it!
Evening entertainment was provided by the Fat Cat Soul Band. The first dance was to a song I had not heard before ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’, a cover of a Ray Charles classic performed by the band and Fiona and George did a brilliant dance – no shuffling in circles at this wedding! The band got all the guests on to the dance floor and partying in to the night.