The story of how I came to be Jodie and Brad's wedding photographer is an interesting one! They originally booked me for their wedding back in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic it had to be rescheduled. When I checked the new date they had given me, I already had another booking, so sadly I had to pull out. I thought nothing more of it, until in November the following year I had a message from a friend and colleague of mine in the industry, Kelly from Pink Peony Weddings. She was doing venue styling for a couple named Jodie and Brad at Eversholt Hall in a few days time, and their photographer had just pulled out last minute - was I free, and could she recommend me? It took me a minute to work out why the names sounded familiar, and then it hit me! The booking which had clashed with their new wedding date had also ended up being rescheduled due to COVID, so in the end I was free to photograph it after all! Call it a weird coincidence, call it fate... whatever it was, I'm so pleased I ended up being available to photograph for them, cause it was such a great day!
The day began with Bridal Prep at The George Inn, a cosy 16th century pub with boutique-style rooms in Maulden, Bedfordshire. It was the perfect setting to get ready in style whilst feeling super relaxed! Jodie was joined by her bridesmaids and her lovely little girl, and they were all so excited to see Jodie in her dress for the first time! She received a lovely letter and a gift from Brad which she read aloud to her bridesmaids - it was such a special moment, and left everybody feeling emotional before the day had even begun!
Arriving at Eversholt Hall
When I arrived at Eversholt Hall, it looked incredible! The thing I love about this venue is that it's so adaptable - it's a blank canvas for you to personalise however you choose, and Jodie and Brad had booked Kelly from Pink Peony Weddings to do the styling for them. Have a look at all the beautiful touches around the venue! Brad and the boys were looking sharp in their suits - Brad wore a jacket perfectly in keeping with the green colour scheme, and the groomsmen wore braces which looked great in the photos. I got a few photos of the girls as they arrived (in their stunning vintage wedding car!), and Brad waiting patiently in the ceremony room, before it was time to get started...
Jodie and Brad's wedding ceremony was perfect, and was made even more personal and heartfelt by the involvement of their beautiful daughter as flower girl, and their friend's lovely son as page boy. There was laughter and tears throughout, and it was such a sweet moment when the page boy took the rings to the front and gave Brad a big hug!
After the ceremony it was time to get the party started! Jodie and Brad signed the register and then they and their guests made their way outside to brave the cold for some confetti and group shots. There was plenty indoors to keep everyone entertained as well, with a giant photo frame/props, sweet table and play area for the kids upstairs, utilising the extra space available on the balcony just perfectly!
While the guests were enjoying themselves inside, I managed to grab Brad and Jodie for some couples only snaps - and to be honest I've no idea how I managed it as it was sooo cold and windy! I wouldn't have blamed them at all if they just wanted to stay inside and keep warm, but they were both such troopers (especially Jodie in her sleeveless dress!), and at least we could all agree it was worthwhile doing it, as we got some lovely shots and the wind only added to the beauty of Jodie's veil (whilst occasionally creating a few funny, more candid shots too!)
Wedding Breakfast and Speeches
During the couples' portraits, Kelly from Pink Peony Weddings and the wonderful team at Eversholt Hall had been busy transforming the ceremony room into a gorgeous wedding breakfast area. They had continued the white and green colour scheme throughout the hall and there were beautiful flowers everywhere, with floral rings adorning the wall behind the top table, and some lovely personal touches such as little framed photos on the tables. Both Dads gave a speech, which was a really nice touch, and when it came to the Best Man's speech there was a lot of laughter... let's just say there was a lot of banter with the groomsmen, who enjoyed shouting "cook him, cook him!" throughout!!
Finally it was time for the evening party to begin! Brad and Jodie went outside for some sparklers (check out the amazing personalised jackets which Jodie and her daughter wore to keep warm!), cut the cake (this part of the day always gets me feeling peckish!) and danced the night away with their friends. It was such a beautiful end to a perfect day, and I'm so glad that the stars aligned and I was able to be there for them after all! :)