I hadn't been back to The Bell for a wedding in quite a little while. It's always lovely to go back and see Jo and the staff. Michaela was upstairs with her daughter when i arrived, hair nearly complete and make up ready to be done. We had the luxury of the use of two rooms. We snuck the dress up to the spare room for photos and i made sure it was perfect for when Michaela would be getting into her dress. Things usually get a bit frantic once the dress goes on, but not today. I don't think that i have ever had so much time with a Bride before a ceremony.
Now Gary........ I already knew he wasn't keen on having photos taken of himself, well not many of us do. But on your wedding day, it's kind of expected and he did well. I got some great shots of him opening his gift from Michaela, you could see th absolute joy in his face as he unwrapped his path block for the new West Ham Stadium. We also managed to grab a few shots of the boys outside before we were so rudely photobombed by Rebecca from White Rose Ceremonies, who would be conducting the service. I will let her off, i've known Rebecca for quite a while, but this was the first time we had worked together.
The beauty of having a Civil Celebrant conduct your wedding, means you can do exactly what you want and personalise it to suit you. Michaela and Gary's ceremony was perfect, a lot of smiles, lots of love and a few giggles. Though not as many as in the rehearsal i hear!
There were a few giggles and lots of puzzled expressions when the guests entered for the Wedding Breakfast. Gary had made anagrams of all the guests names, including me. What a fantastic, unique thing to do.
Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness. x