Countryside Summer Wedding in St Albans

The one thing that stuck out about Lucy before her countryside summer wedding is that we were going to have no trouble capturing any smiles. She’s full of them, huge beaming smiles that light your heart up. She can’t help it, she’s lovely and smiley, its infectious, that’s just the way she is.

Countryside Summer Wedding Bridal Preparation Photos

We arrived as Lucy and the girls were preparing for the wedding ceremony at home. Everything seemed unusually calm and well organised. The sight of Lucy’s huge smile as she saw herself in her dress for the first time will stick in my memory forever.

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Countryside Summer Wedding Ceremony Photographs

Gareth was waiting calmly at St Albans registry office and the ceremony featured a couple of wonderful readings by friends and family. This was followed by another first for us, group photographs taken balancing upon a huge canon!

Bride smiles at guests during wedding ceremony

On the way to the reception we stole the happy couple away for a series of photographs in a nearby field and woodland. It is always great to work with a couple that trust in their photographer’s judgement when composing a location shot. Lucy and Gareth’s photographs together are testament to this.

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Countryside Summer Wedding Reception Photographs

The reception took place at the nearby 17th century Holybush Pub. Lucy & Gareth’s guests took advantage of the sunshine Guest beers were served and children played in the huge garden.  After an impromptu first dance and a heartfelt speech from Lucy’s father food and cake were served. The cakes had been made by Lucy’s sister-in-law and were ridiculously moorish (yum!).

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Before the evening entertainments commenced we again popped around the corner with Gareth and Lucy for a couple of photographs in a nearby poppy field. With the summer sun setting over the countryside behind them the happy couple were incredibly relaxed in front of the camera and whooped with delight when looking through the images on the camera back.

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After a long lovely day we left the wedding guests dancing to the band’s rocking tunes and made our way back down to Dorset.

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You can see what Lucy & Gareth though of our documentary wedding photography services in their Countryside Wedding Photographers Review.

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