Charlotte and Tom's wedding was held at the very beautiful, and quintessentially English, Eartham House in Chichester. Eartham House is by normal day to day an independent prep school (Great Ballard School), but also hires out as a venue for special occasions. Set in grounds running along the edge of the South Downs National Park, it has many beautiful areas just perfect for wedding photography.
The day started, as for most weddings, with the groom and bridal party at the pub! (The George Inn at Eartham) Now I know some brides feel a bit nervous about this bit, but to be honest, there's no need to be. With all those friends and family there before hand there's no way that groom is getting away! And, more over, it's a good way to loosen up the nerves.
Tom, his Best Man and Ushers arrived together, followed by a rather large number of family and friends, and the fun of putting on ties and buttonholes while juggling a pint began! The George is a lovely, quaint little country pub and had just the right feel for the day. The staff were relaxed and cheerful (clearly used to wedding parties being so near to Eartham House) and the whole day just seemed to get off to a great start. Tom's Best Man had a wicked sense of humour and did a fantastic job of keeping him on track all day.
Well it wasn't long before it was time to head to the church (which is also right next door to the school) where after a few pre wedding photos the Groom was sent into the church to wait, while I then waited for the very gorgeous Charlotte to arrive. And arrive she did, in probably one of the biggest limo's I've seen for a while. Out stepped Charlotte and her dad Andrew and it was a very emotional moment for everyone there. This day clearly meant so, so much to this lovely family and it was wonderful to witness.
The Ceremony went smoothly and without any hitches, and we went off into the grounds for some lovely one on one photos. And this was where the day really came into it's own. Tom and Charlotte are a fab couple and had planned everything down to the last details, including bringing their wellies so that we could go off into the woods behind the School. This was really great as it took the couple away from the hustle and bustle for 20 minutes or so giving them time to themselves (well apart from me obviously!).
Then after a few (very, very windy) family shots, everyone went off to enjoy the wedding breakfast and ensuing party, which lasted well into the evening.
It was an absolutely fantastic day and I wish Charlotte and Tom every future happiness. Congratulations guys!