Sport has always been a big part of Becky’s life so it was rather fitting that she met James at their local hockey club and this became a theme during their wedding day. This took place across two counties; a beautiful wedding ceremony at St Mary’s Church in the quaint old village of Welwyn in Hertfordshire followed by the reception at the wonderful country estate of Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire.
It was rather convenient for me that Becky’s bridal preparations were in her parents cottage a few hundred yards away from the church. This made it easy to catch a few photos of James greeting guests arriving before dashing back down the road to see the bride and her family during those precious moments before the ceremony.
It always amazes me how all the commotion of the wedding day suddenly ends in calm, just moments before the ceremony. And so it was on this morning with Becky and her bridesmaid, Georgie putting the final touches to their preparations upstairs whilst the twins Jack and Luke were being coaxed in to their suits ahead of their page-boy duties. We even had a friendly neighbour peering through the window to check on how everything was going.
As with most father-of-the-bride’s, David waited anxiously downstairs, occasionally checking his watch and contemplating the significance of the day ahead. Then Becky appeared with Georgie holding the train of the dress and you could just feel how proud he was to see her. I think it’s a moment that both will remember.
After a brief circuit in a beautiful Aston Martin Rapide V12, Becky and her father were greeted outside the church by the vicar. Just as I positioned myself inside, the doors opened and in they came, arm-in-arm with James eagerly looking down the aisle at his bride. It’s a moment of anticipation that I’m sure everyone at a wedding loves to witness.
Afterwards, we made our way to Luton Hoo for the drinks reception which gave us an opportunity to wander off for a few moments for photos around the splendid gardens surrounding the house. Unfortunately, Becky’s beautiful dress seemed to be a magnet for pine needles so one of the first duties James had as a new husband was to delicately extract them one by one. Now that’s real love!
The wedding breakfast was held in the magnificent Romanov Room after which Becky and James made their entrance into the Faberge Room for their evening reception underneath the crossed hockey sticks of team mates from Welwyn Garden hockey club. To top off the sporting connections, the wedding cake was adorned with hockey sticks and tennis rackets, a reminder of Becky’s previous career as a young professional tennis player.
It was such a privilege to be a part of Becky and James’ special day at St Mary’s Church and Luton Hoo. We wish them every happiness for their future together.
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