For a second consecutive weekend in early June, Nick was lured back to the unspoilt Shropshire hills to photograph another beautiful and relaxed country marquee wedding at a family home. Like our Ludlow couple (see gallery), these South-West London dwellers were keen to share the beauty of Shropshire with their metropolitan friends and French relations. I love the feel of Nick’s getting ready shots as immediately you get a feel for the type of wedding it’s going to be. The contrast between the bride holding a mug of tea while wearing the family diamond tiara is great – supremely elegant but down-to-earth at the same time. Acutally, Lucy’s simple thanks for her collection of wedding photographs says it all. Not gushy and over the top, just simple and genuine. The couple had known each other as friends for a long time and this sense of them being very easy and relaxed in each other’s company shines through in the images. In fact, the whole wedding day was just a lovely celebration of their happy union. It was a family effort with the tablescapes of fresh flowers in little glass vases and jars, interspersed by candles and coloured drinking glasses, being artfully arranged by Lucy’s sister’s flower company Borage & Blossom
. The wedding cake was not so much a cake as a delicious stack of mouthwateringly good chocolate brownies and fresh strawberries, created by The Ludlow Catering Company
while the table had more dark magenta sweet peas in glassware which shone out in the afternoon sunshine. Later in the evening Clun Bars
were serving up moreish martini expressos and the fabulous band 29 Fingers
who are a firm favourite on the upmarket wedding party scene as they always manage to get the guests dancing, kept everyone on the dance floor until the early hours. The bride and groom then planned to spend the night in a desert bell tent in the grounds next to the lake – a romantic setting for their first night as a married couple.