So last year I received a Facebook message; asking me if I would travel abroad for a wedding. As you can imagine I was very excited and of course my answer was yes! There was even more excitement leading up to August 16th as I travelled to France to capture Becca and Sean’s big day.
I arrived in Bordeaux on the Thursday will all my camera gear in tow and drove to a small village just outside of Angoulême. On the Friday I went to visit Becca and Sean at Becca’s parents home in a beautiful village called Vouharte, to see where the reception would take place and visit the church they would be married in. I was beyond excited for the big day once I had seen the beautiful setting!
To get married in France normally you have to be legally married here in the UK first, however as Becca’s Parents; Peta and David live there it was allowed that they could legally marry in the Town Hall that morning. I did not document this part of the day as Becca and Sean wanted the church ceremony to be their wedding.
So I arrived while all the bridal preparation was taking place and the finishing touches to the marquee and the grounds. Becca got ready with her sisters and best friend who were Bridesmaids along with all her nieces and nephews. Finally it was time to get dressed and Becca looked amazing in her gown; so elegant and beautiful.
The church was a very short walk down the road so I headed off before everyone else to capture Sean and all the guests arriving. Sean was quite nervous like most grooms and he looked great in his kilt along with his Best Men and Ushers. Finally Becca arrived and there was lots of emotion from everyone. The ceremony was beautiful and full of personal touches, after everyone headed out on to the lawns and shade under the trees for drinks and canapes. As Peta and David live there all the locals were also invited along to join in the celebrations. It was great for me to have plenty of time to go around and capture everyone enjoying themselves as well as do a few group shots.
Soon it was time to head back to the house for the rest of the days celebrations; but just before dinner was served we were informed that in the morning at the Town Hall, not all the paper work had been completed so Becca and Sean were still not legally married! Luckily someone had come to the house to get it competed; officially making them married (for the third time that day)! After the starters the speeches took place; all 3 were great. Sean’s was particularly emotional as he said his thank you’s and told the story of when he first laid eyes on Becca. The two Best Men; Jack and Tom left embarrassing photographs on the tables of Sean over the years which made for some great images for me to capture as everyone found them very funny!
Finally it was time for the party and everyone was ready to hit the dance floor and they sure did! I left around 10.30pm leaving everyone having a great time; I was told the party went on late! The whole day was brilliant and I saw how much these two are loved by their family and friends.
On the Sunday I was invited back along with all the guests for lunch and what turned out to be a volleyball tournament with a pumpkin trophy! I was so welcomed by everyone on the day and the whole weekend. It’s a wedding I will never forget and so truly blessed to be a part of. A massive thank you to Becca and Sean for giving me the opportunity and the experience of my first international wedding!