Danii & Mike's wedding
Everybody likes a wedding with a difference and this wedding sure had that - two weddings in one!
As the sun played hide-and-seek among the storm clouds, we knew we were in for a challenging day weather-wise. For the most part, the rain held off but when it did come down, boy, we really knew about it. So acting quickly and being prepared to change plans at a moment's notice was the order of the day.
Hussian and I had photographed Danii and Mike's engagement exactly a year ago and were more than happy to accept their invitation to also capture their wedding celebrations last Saturday. The happy couple had actually got married the week before in a Manchester registry office, last week they had their wedding reception and this week they're taking their honeymoon in Thailand before they go and do it all over again in Australia.
Danii adores horses and, preferring four legs to four wheels, chose a Blackfeathers Carriage and two stunning black Friesian horses as her transport, an absolute sight to behold. She looked fantastic with her soft flowing white wedding dress set against the strength and blackness of the horses. Danii already had a bond with one horse in particular, Wilbur, and Wilbur and Co. in all their finery transported Danii and the bridesmaids to Hyde Bank Farm for the reception.
Hyde Bank Farm is a wonderful venue in a picturesque setting and has loads of character. The buildings themselves date back to 1655 and were once home to Anne Hyde who went on to become the wife of King James II of England. The charming grade 2 listed stone barn has been converted and has a real atmosphere with its solid oak beams, dance floor and a private bar. As for the food, it was divine! In fact, the only thing that disappointed was the English weather (obviously this won't be an issue in Australia) - torrential downpours cut the photo opportunities short so it was time to get creative, but with little space indoors what to do!? However, it was all under control and we set up a photo booth giving everyone some fun, and an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Danii's favourite flowers, frangipani, set the theme for the day and were in evidence all around. It's a pity most us didn't know what they were, let alone how to pronounce them! Mike's speech was amazing and very well delivered, especially considering how quiet he normally is. Not to be outdone, up stood the best man who quickly had the crowd in bits, regaling us with tales while wearing a corked hat, bringing a taste of the outback to the occasion. Danii had booked a singer, Brooke Supple, to entertain the guests while they socialised and had hired a DJ to take care of the evening's entertainment. Imagine our surprise when we found out the DJ was none other than Billy Boswell (from Bread, an 80s sitcom).
Danii is currently honeymooning/touring around Thailand which will be an epic adventure and, having spent some time there myself, I know she and Mike will love it.
As for the Australian part of the wedding celebrations, they will be held in a week at The Historic Rivermill, a gorgeous countryside location and will then move onto more rustic Australia. This is Mike's first trip to the other side of the world and it will be interesting for him to see how things are done down-under!
Congratulations Danii & Mike - may you be very happy together and may life give you everything you need.
The SuppliersPhotographers - Newdawn Photography & Krysalis PhotographyReception Venue – http://www.hydebankfarm.co.uk Reception Venue No.2 – http://www.historicrivermill.com.auCake – http://www.stuartthornleycakedesign.co.ukFlowers – http://www.artificialweddingbouquets.com.auMakeup & Hair stylist – http://www.manchestermakeupartist.com Singer - http://www.brookesupple.com DJ - Nick Conway
Footnote: Sadly this was Hussian's last photoshoot - his future plans have changed to encompass different areas of personal growth, but I wish to offer all my support to him and his family. I'm sad to see him go, given his talent and his potential, but every man must follow his own path.