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Amy & Lloyd's Wedding

If this is love, then love is easy, it's the easiest thing to do,If this is love, then love completes me, cause it feels like I've been missing you.

OK, so McFly might not mean that much to some of us, but Amy and Lloyd chose it as their wedding song, if only so they could snigger at the guests singing "Do do do do do do do" - A LOT!

You know those weddings when you just want everything to go right for the couple - you wish for sunshine, try to pause time so they can take a breath, and ensure you capture every second so they can enjoy it all again and again long after the sun goes down on their big day? Well, this was one of those.

When I first met Lloyd and Amy to discuss their wedding plans, we couldn't help but talk about Lloyd's main interest (other than Amy!). You see, Lloyd is one of the UK's best strongmen! I grew up watching the likes of Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Geoff Capes (who I once met) battle for the World's Strongest Man title. My more recent favourite strongman was Mariusz Pudzianowski, but now he is off the scene I will be watching Lloyd's progress closely.

I met Amy at the Shelleys Hotel early on the big day and found quite a calm environment, so after a few "preparation" shots, I left the ladies to finish off their hair, makeup and clothes. Meanwhile, I investigated the interesting nooks and crannies of the hotel, looking for somewhere to hang her beautiful wedding dress for a shot. Having found a few suitable spots, I shot the dress and returned it to Amy's room where, as I entered, the Maid of Honour gasped, claiming the dress was now covered in mud! It wasn't, of course, but it highlighted the kind of jokers whose company I shared. Once the bride was ready, she was chauffeured in a Rolls Royce Corniche convertible, while Lloyd and his best man Rob Frampton anxiously awaited her arrival.

The service was held at the absolutely delightful Northease Manor in Rodmell. The vintage-style decoration was taken care of by the fabulous Hannah Best, and it suited the venue and the couple perfectly. The wedding cake was very different - all ruffled, like an upside down wedding dress. It was truly impressive and tasted lovely! For the wedding breakfast, the table arrangement included modelling balloons and miniature aeroplanes for everyone's amusement. It is wonderful to watch adults become children again!

In the evening, as the DJ got into his groove, the remainder of the guests started to arrive, the sweetie table was brought out, the lights dimmed and it was party time. As I glanced across at a doorway I saw a familiar face - Laurence Shahlaei, another strongman. With all these big boys now filling up the same room, I seized the opportunity to take them outside and photograph them all together. Then it was back into the party for the first dance.

It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this wedding and I could not have wished for a better day. All the best for the future to you both.

Please watch this wonderful HD slideshow in fullscreen.