As a leisure centre receptionist, Sarah would sit through her shifts dealing with enquiries and allowing members access into the building. Unbeknown to Sarah, her future husband Steve was one of those members who put in the hours, chatting her up when he’d arrive and leave the building. Who would have thought that many years later these two lovely individuals would be spending their Saturday on the 12th September 2015 getting married to one another on their wedding day?
We arrived at Cooling Castle Barn on Saturday morning and headed straight to the accommodation suites where Sarah and the bridal party would be getting ready. With the introductions complete and equipment in hand we got filming straight away. The atmosphere in the room was so calm and relaxed, Sarah was lovely and a pleasure to be around.
Cooling is a very intimate venue; completely exclusive to a couple and their guests. Steve was also getting ready at the venue and was a few doors down from Sarah with the company of best man Ben. These two were so compatible, within an instance of being around them both you could tell they were a match made in heaven.
Sarah’s makeup was soon complete and the rollers in her hair were undone. She looked beautiful and before no time at all it was time to put the all-important dress on. With the help of mum and her bridesmaids Jessica, Clare, Lucy, Laura and Emily she was raring to go and looking absolutely gorgeous.
The ceremony was to be held outside today and we were so lucky with that old English weather that doesn’t always like to play ball. It certainly treated us today and the sun shone from start to finish of the ceremony.
With cameras in position and the guests awaiting the beautiful bride we stood as the bridal party made their entrance. It was an emotional moment for us all and in the arm of her mum our first glimpse of Sarah was had. She left guests breathless and I’m sure an image Steve shall never forget.
The ceremony was very personal and the couple were immediately at ease within the company of their friends and family. This was all thanks to Marian, a family friend who led the ceremony to perfection. My upmost favourite part of it all was the special message recorded by son Oliver to his mummy and daddy. With lyrics from their first dance ‘Thinking Out Loud’ little Oliver left his parents in tears at the sincerity and the bond between this lovely family unit, tightened once again. It was so emotional and after doing so well in fighting back their tears there was absolutely no stopping them now.
A first for me was watching the release of two white doves by ‘The White Feather Co’. With one each Sarah and Steve opened out their hands as the beautiful birds flew away into the sunshine with one another. It was really touching knowing that the doves would make their journey back home together flying side by side. I would definitely recommend checking the company out, they were great and it really added something very special to the day.
The next formality was the speeches and with guests seated and all ears it was time to begin. It was here that we gained an insight into age 14 drunken carpark events shared by Ben and Steve, the romantic proposal in the magical Disneyland and the habit of badly punctuated, soppy Facebook statuses that Steve had admittedly adopted.
A special mention to the incredibly brave Maid of Honour, Lucy who was so nervous about her speech but did such a perfect job. I’m sure she made Sarah so proud and you definitely nailed it!
Ryan and I would like to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day. We had a real blast and it was a pleasure to meet you both. We wish you all the love and happiness in your newly wedded lives together with your gorgeous son Oliver. I also expect and can’t wait to witness the pure soppiness from Steve on Facebook once the video’s up! Get the Kleenex ready. ;)