Alex & Sinéad’s wedding & reception
Sun, check. Good times, check. Ridiculously hot weather, check. Alex & Sinéad would have been pushed to find a hotter day to get married, but it only added to a fun wedding.
It all started at Sinéad’s house in the morning for some family shots before heading off to Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew church down the road in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Guests were arriving in numbers ready for the events to unfold, and Alex and his groomsmen were in a relaxed mood as were both sets of parents and siblings.
Once everyone was seated, it was time for the choir to ramp up the volume for the arrival of the bridesmaids followed by Sinéad towards to altar. The church had lovely light and space, so it was easy to walk around without getting in anyones view – a documentry-style wedding photographers dream!
It was a lovely service, followed by copious amounts of cakes, donuts and tea which I took full advantage of (well… only one donut). Once everyone was refreshed, it was time for the newlyweds to make their exit towards the reception venue. This was celebrated by two rows of people waving custom-designed tea towels with drawings of all the guests at their wedding. The tradition goes that whenever Alex & Sinéad would leave their grandmothers house in Ireland, she would wave them off with a tea towel in her hand.
The wedding reception was a gorgeous village hall in Cottered which was beautifully decorated with handmade table settings, fresh flowers and lights. Three long rows of tables really gave the venue an intimate quality, and allowed guests from both sets of families to mingle and get to know each other.
Before the evening started, I was able to take advantage of the lovely grounds by capturing guests enjoying the weather with cold drinks as well as family portraits. Speeches started with Sinéad’s dad, Jim. One particular comment made everyone cry with laughter, even myself. It might be too much to add it on here so if you want, you can ask me later… Once speeches were concluded, it was time for the first dance followed by céilî, a traditional irish dance.
As a Hertfordshire wedding photographer, there were so many standout moments to this wedding. It was an absolute pleasure documenting all that happened as well as working with such a chilled out couple in Alex & Sinéad. Congratulations to them both, and here are some of the highlights from their day:
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