My final wedding of 2016 was the Itchenor Sailing Club wedding of Sara and Stephen and it was a lovely one to finish on as not only are they a beautiful couple inside and out but I also got to work with a lot of my favourite suppliers, which made the whole day huge fun! This was my first Itchenor Sailing Club wedding but I definitely hope it won’t be my last!
I began the day with Sara and the girls at the Goodwood Park Hotel where Lorraine Clay was doing her fabulous thing with Sara’s hair and makeup. Although the day was quite grey, the hotel has some lovely bright spaces to photograph the details including Stephen’s lovely present to Sara, a message in a bottle with a crystal heart. Sara was transported to the tiny St Nicholas Church at Itchenor by Scott Younger of West Sussex Classic Wedding cars in a beautiful vintage Rolls-Royce. On arriving at the church I was warmly greeted by the Reverend Jonathan Swindells who I have worked alongside at many weddings. It’s a treat to work with a vicar who is so welcoming and makes the ceremony a real celebration! Stephen was ready and waiting at the church for the arrival of his bride with his two brothers as his ushers all looking dashing in navy suits.
Following the ceremony, guests made their way back to Itchenor Sailing Club for the wedding reception where they were welcomed by the Salvation Army Band playing in the bandstand outside the club. Even though the weather was not perfect, we were able to take all the family group shots outside and get some couple shots on the jetty before heading in to the beautifully decorated dining room for dinner. So much thought had been put in to the Christmas feel with gifts, candy canes and crackers for the guests, it was really warm and cosy. One of the couples friends had made them the most incredible sea themed wedding cake – absolutely amazing and it totally reflected their love of the sea, sailing and diving. It was topped with the couple in a boat with their animals, a total surprise for them! The meal served by the sailing club team was delicious and then following the hilarious speeches guests were treated to a totally unexpected drumming workshop by the Drum Cafe. This was a definite first for me at a wedding but was absolutely brilliant!
The evening entertainment was provided by my favourite party band, Milo Max – they never fail to fill the dance floor and this was no exception. If you want a band to pay at your wedding you should definitely check these guys out (they are top blokes too!) Sara and Stephen did their first dance and then were joined on the dance floor by their friends and family to celebrate a perfect day!
If you are planning an Itchenor Sailing Club wedding and you would like to discuss wedding photography please do get in touch.