Some weddings end up in a special place in our minds, and Charlotte and Tim’s beautiful two days in Woodbridge and Orford went straight into our collection of favourites. The happy couple both hold significant positions in the arts and their vision and instinctive feel for what makes a great event were the backdrop for both a cosy family event and a party full of the most interesting friends. We’d do it all over again if we had the chance! Day one was at the incredibly cute Butley Priory originally built in 1171 and now a wonderful place for Charlotte and Tim to host their immediate families overnight on Thursday, leading into Friday when they all got together in the vaulted central hall for their official wedding with Suffolk registrars. The service was intimate and warm, lit by bright Spring sunshine and after, we all spilled out into the gardens for drinks followed by a family only wedding breakfast. Lisa and I left with big smiles and looking forward to Saturday!
Saturday came, brighter and warmer still and I dropped Lisa off with Charlotte then followed Tim and his Groomsmen into nearby Orford and the Jolly Sailor where many of their friends were waiting to greet us and have lunch. Lots of hugs, laughter and singing accompanied by the Best Man’s guitar followed before everyone walked up to the Town Hall for the ceremony, conducted by Charlotte’s Brother. It’s difficult to describe how lovely all this was for Lisa and I, the whole of the events on both days felt a little like a quality independent English film script playing out, the settings and colours amplified with genuine laughter and happy faces, it was superb and when the Groom and his friends stood to sing ‘I will’ by The Beatles, there were a few tears too!
After the ceremony I went up the Bride’s house where the reception was taking place, whilst Lisa and the couple went to make some portraits on the banks of the River Alde. Sitting in the back of their classic Triumph convertible Lisa got some beautiful shots of the newly weds and the people of the town reacting to them. Back at the reception and marquee there were drinks and speeches and food of course followed by brilliant dancing (these guests had skills!) and it was very late and dark before we left.