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Leigh-On-Sea, Essex – Wedding Photographer

We love a wedding with a vintage feel and that is what we got today!

Leigh Community Centre had been decked out with a beautiful vintage shabby chic theme, by the great Starry Eyed Weddings. While Sophie waited outside for our Bride, I had a sneak peek inside the function room. As I opened the doors, I was completely wowed!

Vintage flowery fabric covered every chair, flowers and ribbons swayed from the ceiling. Beautiful vintage china tea cups and tea pots adorned the tables alongside sweet vases of flowers and cake stands. Yep this was certainly the kind of theme which excites my shabby chic side!

Kim looked stunning as she arrived at the venue in a vintage Morris Minor. And wow, what an amazing bouquet!

Michael was proper smiley as he turned to see her walk down the aisle to meet him. These two are clearly still smitten with each other. Its was so clear to see!

The ceremony was lovely… As usual I had a tear or two. I also laughed along with everyone else, when Kim nearly married George Michael instead of Michael George!

After taking pictures of the newly married pair getting hugs and kisses from everyone, it was time for the canapés and fizz. We then got everyone together outside in the wind for the confetti throw! This is a tradition we never hope dies! As you can see from the pictures, it was very windy. We wondered if the confetti would even go in the right direction. But the guests did very well with their aiming and we got some brilliant shots!

When we first went to see Kim & Michael at their home in Leigh, we asked if they would like to walk through the streets to get to where they wanted their pictures done. We love the idea of a bit of street photography, getting people’s reactions along the way. It worked great! We just let them do their thing, and grabbed the chance to shoot glances from passers by.

We shot some romantic pictures of them together in Leigh Library Gardens, which is a sweet little place. The wind meant Kim’s hair was blowing around a lot, but I love love movement in pictures!

Back at the venue, they had a fantastic afternoon tea party. We were both thoroughly entertained with seeing big burly men drinking tea from little flowery tea cups! Everyone loved it, We heard so many people say how beautiful the theme was.

For the first time ever, our Bride had a longer speech than her Groom! It was funny at some points and tear jerking in others… Yep, I cried! Good job Sophie isn’t a blubberer like me… While I’m busy getting a tissue out, she carries on shooting the stuff I’m missing!

After the speeches, we walked around taking pictures of everyone circulating and socialising. At weddings, people have so much catching up to do. This makes for some great natural images.

Because this was an afternoon wedding, the evening came upon us really quickly. Before we knew it, the band, T42 were on the stage setting up.

Evening guests started arriving and so did Domino’s Pizza and an Indian Curry Feast! What brilliant idea, which pleased everybody!

When the band started, it was clear Kim & Michael had really made sure that the music suited them. Nearly all of the guests, no matter what age, started dancing! T42 describe themselves as a rock band, who can play anything from the 60’s to present day. They were fantastic. The drummer even performed a blindfolded solo… amazing!

We love seeing a Bride & Groom enjoy themselves, after all they have paid a lot of money for their special day. And Kim & Michael certainly made the most of every moment!

We had a brilliant time with this lovely pair, and couldn’t wait to have a look at their pictures when we got home!

If you are getting married in the near future and don’t like posing, we would love to give you a real story of your day.

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