“Elly, we cannot thank you enough for your amazingly hard work photographing our wedding day. You were a delight to deal with from day-one, and completely got on board with our theme and the atmosphere that we wanted to create, and we’re so thankful for your enthusiasm! Yourself and Helen were a lovely, calming presence on the day but were never ‘in the way’ or overbearing, and you let us relax and enjoy our day which was so important to us. And the photos you’ve produced are insanely beautiful, you managed to make an awkward, not-very-photogenic couple look pretty decent! They capture the lovely moments perfectly, we cannot stop looking at them and reminiscing about the day. You worked so so hard, and we can’t tell you how grateful for the beautiful keepsakes that you’ve given us.”
There’s something particularly lovely about getting to snap the wedding of some of your old school pals. There’s something even lovelier about getting to snap the wedding of old school pals who love the Harry Potter books as much as you do and they include that love in the decor theme to the extent that it causes you to squeak and clap like the happiest seal at literally every detail. I’ve decided I’m not actually going to blabber on too much at the start of this blog because it might ruin the (GLORIOUS) surprises, but – seriously – if you’re a Potter fan, grab a butterbeer and keep reading / prepare to happy cry.
Mr & Mrs Hathaway, I salute you both, you spectacular humans.
“…but Elly, there’s no sign of any Harry Potter wonderfulness yet!”
BOOM! Hogwarts house seating plan and co-ordinating house colour table decor, anyone?
While you’re hyperventilating with joy, we’ll take a brief break from the Potter theme and dive straight back in to some more general gorgeousness. Ready?
Personalised tea as favours = actual wizardry.
One super adorable ceremony (avec delightful English popular literature-themed reading) later, I stole the new Mr & Mrs away for some nice couple portraits.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the dress and suit game here? Oh my ♥
How beautiful is that barn setup?! If these details weren’t enough for you, WATCH OUT POTTER FANS, one of my all time favourite sweet cart setups was being put into action whilst dinner was happening. Take a deep breath, guys, and prepare to swoon slightly.
YES, THAT’S A HARRY POTTER THEMED SWEET CART. BE STILL, MY BEATING HEART. I’ll not lie, I took far more photos of this than was strictly necessary. Massive shout out to the lovely Simply Sweet – Sweet Cart Hire for their work putting this together, it looked amazing!
One veritable confetti explosion later and it was party time. I tell you now, these guys had some moves. How perfect is the Donnington Park Farmhouse barn for the Potter theme party too?!
Whew, what a day!!! Big thanks to the brilliant Helen Smiddy for being my second shooter here and to the ace staff at Donnington Park Farmhouse for looking after us.
And finally, to finish: Huge congratulations again, lovely Amy and Ross, and thank you for asking me along to capture things for you! It really was, absolutely genuinely, magic.