On the 14th of January we had the greatest of pleasures in being asked to photograph a wedding on the Isle of Portland. For this wedding we had joined with a number of other suppliers to help an absolutely lovely family come together and arrange a short notice wedding so an amazing man could be at the wedding, that gentleman being the brides Grandfather who is very ill.
When Laura first put out the appeal, I instantly offered our services, understanding the situation very well based on my own caring role. Over the next few weeks I had the pleasure of getting to know Laura, keeping up to date on Granddad's health, discussing alternative plans just in case they had to be implemented. However after under going a major operation, Laura's Grandfather's health stabilised in time for the wedding.
We drove the two and a half hours down to Portland, and met the wedding party as promised at the hotel. After introductions Susie went off to photograph the bride getting ready, and I spent a little time with the groom, who braved the freezing wind high on the vantage point to have a few photos taken with the Olympic Rings.
The rest of the day went to plan, moving on to the chapel for the wedding service, where we were greeted by a very friendly minister who gave us carte blanche access which was unexpected and made for great access to the natural light. Once the bride arrived Susie took charge of the ground floor photography and I was given access to the balcony which gave us two different views of the service.
Seeing Laura's father and Grandfather, escort her down the isle was a wonderful sight, then seeing Laura's grandfather look up at her from his wheelchair, with nothing but love and happiness in his eyes, and the smile on Laura's face even sent a tear down my wedding hardened cheek.
The rest of the service went as planned, then after a few group shots, we headed back to the hotel for a few more cold windy photos at the viewpoint before heading to the reception venue.
We had a wonderful time at the venue, taking lots of photos of the guests, chatting with Laura's Grandfather, Father, and Mother, along with many other family members, who made us so very welcome.
Following on from the day, we have delivered the photos via the clients online gallery and will be dispatching the gift set at the end of the week. To our delight Laura has already left her feedback, which we would love to share with you.
"From start to finish roger and susie were amazing. From their kind warm hearted welcome and hello to their thoughtful
We couldn't ask for kinder words, even though just being part of the day was enough for us.
I hope you will join in wishing Laura and Justin every happiness in the World, and send Laura's Grandfather all our love and best wishes.
Roger & Susie.