Nikki & Wayne were married at St Thomas’ church in Salisbury in late July and their reception was held in the garden at The Wardrobe, the historic home of the Wiltshire & Berkshire infantry regiments. This building is also known as The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum.
We first met Nikki & Wayne when they drove from their then home in Portsmouth all the way to Bristol to discuss their wedding day photography.
Theirs was to be a wedding where there would be lots of children and lots of walking. The Wardrobe is about a quarter of a mile from St Thomas’ church and the plans were for Nikki and her father to arrive at the The Wardrobe and then walk through the town to the church.
After the ceremony, everyone would then walk back through the town centre, passing under the gated entrance to the old city.
I’d already enjoyed a nice set of blisters from all the walking we did in Winchester when they had their pre-wedding shoot, so was expecting to be possibly hospitalised by the end of the day. Especially since we’d shot a wedding at Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham just the day before.
Back to Nikki. She wore a 1940’s or 50’s vintage dress. Vintage is something Nikki & Wayne appreciate – Nikki’s wedding ring is a vintage one too. Wayne wore a waistcoated suit with a lighter coloured edging trim.
The 10 bridesmaids included Nikki’s 3 sisters who each wore a mocha dress with contrasting pale blue sash and the remaining 7 little bridesmaids wore ivory dresses. And there were a handful of pageboys looking very smart as well.
Wayne’s two best friends were his Bestmen and they did a remarkable double-act speech where they demonstrated Wayne’s dancing technique ‘the too-hot-to-touch radiator’ move – and generally kept Wayne in his place.
Nikki’s mum had made the 5-tier cake and the two iced birds were instantly recognisable as Nikki & Wayne.
The children were each given a personal treasure map and set off to hunt down treasure chests full of edible goodies. The Wardrobe has an enormous Copper Beech tree which is somewhere around 200 years old according to Alistair, the curator of the museum. Trees, of courese, have to be climbed… even if you’re a bridesmaid in a pretty dress!
The reception was held in a large marquee between the tree and the river. The Wardrobe really is an idyllic wedding photography location.
The weather finally became summer this weekend and needless to say, there are a lot of photographs – so please enjoy a look at a few below;
StopPress – Guest Gallery live from 15th August 2012
Note to guests – you can see the full set by clicking the galleries link above. We’ve changed the way galleries work, so you’ll only need the password from the ‘Reception Card’ given you at the wedding. There’s also a time-limited voucher code you can use.