Mike and Kerry's wedding at The Haycock In Wansford

18th August 2016
When I first met Mike and Kerry I asked them to describe themselves and their wedding in 3 words.

Their answer was 'Quirky, fun and relaxed.'

Now, couples say 'fun and relaxed' quite often, but 'quirky' is a lot less common.

What I really loved about working with this wonderful couple is that they really and truly meant those 3 words.

It all began with the engagement session.

We planned to do the session in the grounds of Burleigh House.
As we arrived the wind picked up and rain started to build and build. Most couples would have postponed immediately. They kept soldiering on, but I looked at poor Kerry with her wet hair clinging to her face and I couldn't believe she'd got that far.

The rain on my camera lens was getting peppered with rain so there would have been splodges in the photographs - otherwise I get the impression they would have been happy to roll around and have photographs in the mud!

When we returned a few weeks later we had perfect weather and their daughter Poppy was more lively than a bag of bunnies and even more fun.
Here are some of the images from the engagement session....

And so the big day arrived. Surely now the happy couple may show some signs of nerves or stress...

When I arrived at The Haycock's bridal suite Kerry was more chilled than a glass of Prosecco.

She was ready EARLY and spent her time chatting, giving out gifts and generally just being helpful and thoughtful. You're not meant to be helpful and thoughtful on your wedding day - you're meant to be selfish and demanding! It's YOUR day darn it! ;-)

But that's just the way Kerry is I guess.

While all this was going on my second photographer, Tim was with the equally relaxed groom back at their home.

That said, Mike did get a little giddy about the Aston Martin Vanquish that roared him to The Haycock. It sounded like a fighter plane.
The highlight of the ceremony was Poppy's reading that had everyone glassy-eyed.

After the ceremony the lovely Master of Ceremonies, Dennis, rounded up the guests for the pompom confetti and group photographs.
The Haycock's gardens are ideal for photography with their leafy archways.

Half way through the group photographs Mike and Kerry took a quick break for a spin in the Aston Martin (who can blame them!) so I tried rounding up the kids for a few photographs in the meantime.
Luckily Poppy was much better at getting her buddies organised than me, so I let her be the art director!

It was then on to the wedding breakfast and the speeches. Mike and Kerry stole the show again. Mike is effortlessly hilarious. Declaring his love for Arsene Wenger while we all thought he was referring to Kerry would generally be an ill-advised idea, but since Kerry has her own quippy sense of humour it went down well.

Speaking of which, Kerry ended up serenading Mike with 'Hey Micky you're so fine you blow my mind - Hey Micky!!'
The girl has some kahunas!

As part of their wedding package Mike and Kerry had chosen to have a framed portrait of the 3 of them to give as a gift to Kerry's dad. I can this idea 'The Father's Pride'. It comes with a card with a heartfelt message inside thanking dad for all his support over the years.

It was lovely watching his face as he unwrapped it.

Throughout the day I'd set up a video presentation that continually played Mike and Kerry's growing up photographs through the years, as well as their engagement photographs. I used my own projector, projector screen and sound system to create this unique service that always goes down really well. Here's the video:

It was now time for the romantic photographs, so we took a stroll down to the river. The Haycock is a photographers dream. Willow trees bend over the River Nene and Wansford's beautiful stone bridge is wonderfully photogenic.

Just as we finished the romantic photographs a huge storm cloud let rip and we had to run for it. However, not before we planned to do some photographs of Mike and Kerry running for cover.

The wedding videographer was Ellen Jackson and she kindly videoed me lying in the mud and the rain as Mike and Kerry ran towards me. It nicely encapsulated what us photographers are prepared to do to get the right image!

Well, whatever I'm prepared to do Kerry is always one step ahead. The evening was kicked off by Kerry and her dad doing a choreographed dance routine to Guns and Roses 'Sweet Child of Mine'.
It brought the house down!

The lightshow and confetti bombs created an awesome atmosphere for the first dance photographs, so a big thank you to DJ Rob Giddins Strobe Disco for putting on a great show. It really helps us photographers.
The day was rounded off by the blisteringly awesome performance by The Houndogs. Their energy, athleticism, musical talent and completely bonkers stage show had The Haycock rocking.

There's even a photograph of me strutting my stuff in Mike and Kerry's wedding album! I can't believe I made the cut.

I guess it's testament to how welcome I felt at the wedding by everyone there. The vibe truly was 'Quirky, fun and relaxed.' But I'd like to add the word 'fantabulous'. Below are some of my favourite images from the day...

Venue: The Haycock in Wansford
Bridal Gown: Annie Laurie Bridal
Videography: Ellen Jackson Videography
DJ: Rob Giddins Strobe Disco
Flowers: Marion straker Florist.co.uk
Cake: Bev - Kerry's mum!


Photo comment By Sylvie Newton: Wonderful memories captured of a beautiful day - love the impromptu photos!

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