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Sasha & Luke's wedding

I admit it, I'm a sucker for weddings that are different, not just given a few personal touches but a total overhaul. At a recent wedding I was drafted in by Heather Shuker to be her second shooter at a fantastic festival themed wedding, known as 'Wigstock'.

The couple getting married were Sasha & Luke, a young, very relaxed, festival going pair, who seemed to take the day in their stride. We arrived at their lovely home and was led around the house and gardens by festival style signs pointing at different places of interest. Within the gardens was a bank of VW camper vans and several tents ready for the guests to stay in overnight - how cool is that!

The devil is in the detail as they say, with music heavily influencing the wedding - table settings were LP covers of great music personalities, each place setting had a mini version of a single on which to place your glass, the flower arrangements were all grown on-site and the wine presented had the brides name on the label - all nice touches.

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The ceremony was performed by a humanist minister which was new for me, and she performed a 'tying of the hands' ceremony, again something I had not witnessed before but it fitted very nicely with the couple and their theme. As the guests watched on, sitting on hay bales, Heather and I snapped away, looking for interesting angles and ways to tell the story of the ceremony.

Once this was over, the marquee buzzed with excitement as guests ooh'ed and ahh'ed at the effort within. The speeches were done in small sections as they had four best men and in between the speeches was a music quiz which made things a little lighter and different. The caterers for the wedding was Doily Days who laid on a fantastic buffet and supplied the perfect array of crockery, and ornate goodies, so be-fitting to the event.

Then came the finalé, the band - The Guns and Roses Experience. All the classics were covered with breath-taking accuracy including Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O'Mine, Paradise City and Mr. Brownstone, but we had to head off sadly leaving the marquee rocking away into the night.

I (and Heather) would like to wish the happy couple success in their future plans, and it seems they have a few of them ;)