We discussed what they wanted from their wedding photography. Had a good talk about how the day was going to run, which is what I always like to do when I meet a new couple. I think it's very important that as a wedding photographer I know all the times, all the names of Best man, Bridesmaids, parents and any Grandparents. That way I am giving a more personal service.
We got talking about the theme of their day and there was mention of the grooms vintage BMW motorcycle being part of the big day! Now I knew that they were into their motorbikes, the conversation changed and we spent a good while talking bikes.
The groom said that the bike was a 1940's BMW but it could also be as late as 1960's !! Due to being a copy by the Chinese ! Yes, they were copying things that far back.
I was really looking forward to seeing the bike in the flesh, but had to wait a few months for the big day!! Or did I ??
Forward a few months and a nice sunny Saturday. I decided to go out for a ride on my bike. Heading over towards Brackley, where I purchased the bike, the weather was fab. Lovely sunshine, warm air blowing into my leathers and the thought of a nice hot Latte, with a sticky cake of some sort ;-) Please don't tell the wife !! Im supposed to be eating healthy.
I pulled up outside the shop and spotted a lovely vintage bike parked up. Had a quick look. Then headed into the shop to have a drool. Over bikes, not sticky cakes !! That came a short while later.
I spent a good few thousand pounds in my mind, on several bikes that I would love to have in my garage. There was a nice Honda CBR600f, Triumph Street Triple, Triumph Explorer and a few Ducati's. A quick mooch around the clothing and then it was time to have that Latte and cake. Theres a great small café next door. Which also sells biker clothing. A brand I had not heard of before and, still slipping my mind. I do remember though that it was amazing quality for the price. I will have to pop over there again for another look and a Latte, of course.
As it was a lovely day. I decided to sit outside and enjoy the coffee and cake. Then it was time to head back home. The dogs needed walking.
I started to walk back to my bike, when I saw the owner of the vintage bike, getting his gloves and helmet ready to ride off. He had his partner with him and, he then pushed her bike out for her. A gorgeous Suzuki Bandit 1250cc!! I wasn't at all jealous, that I only had a little Kawasaki ER6f. Which is a parallel twin 650cc.
As most bikers tend to do. I wandered over to have a chat about the vintage bike. Which turned out to be a lovely BMW ? We chatted about its charms and quirks. About the great looking leather panniers that he had just had made in Poland.
I said my goodbyes and we went our separate ways. Something was bugging me though! I knew the couple! But where from ?
Once the bike started up I jumped on and headed home for that dog walk. About 5 mins down the road and 'Bingo' !!! I had just been chatting to my wedding biker couple ! Doh !! Neither of us had recognised each other lol I was going to contact them and say it was me they had been talking to. However I though I would mention it on the big day.
The big day arrived and I headed to The Cock Hotel for the big day. As I walked into the lovely courtyard, at the rear of the hotel. There was the bike! All shiny and with ribbons in the colour scheme of the day. It put a smile on my face knowing it was the same bike.
The guests started to arrive and the bike was a big attraction. Everyone was talking about it. No one dared to touch as the groom had spent an age cleaning every part of it.
I found the groom to capture so photos of him, prior to the arrival of his bride. I was blown away with his outfit !! I wont explain it. You will see photos later on.
A few shots taken and I headed into the main room, where the ceremony was to take place. Another blown away moment !!
The couple had spent an age making enormous crepe paper flowers. That were free standing. Although a couple of them didn't want to stand up and kept falling over lol
I haven't mentioned that there was a projection screen and projector set up. Not the like for old slides. But one that shows films, via a laptop.
The family had been busy and made a fantastic video for the guests to watch. The music and video started and in walked the groom. The guests were equally amazed at his outfit !! There was laughter and cheers. Some even shed a tear at how amazing he looked. A few shots of the reaction on peoples faces were captured. As the video finished the bride was announced into the room. She looked simply stunning !!
The service went without a hitch. I managed to capture some great shots of the bride and groom, showing how much they were in love, as they exchanged their vows. I always get a lump in my throat when it comes to this part of the day :-)
After the service we jumped into their car and headed to the River Ouse, a couple of minutes away.
There had been a few black clouds looming, but had now dispersed. The light was amazing for some Bride & Groom photos. There is a lovely small lake with pontoons used by fishermen. Luckily, no fishermen were there. So, we took advantage of the settings and spent around 40 mins capturing some fantastic Bride & Groom portraits. Passers by gave us all a wave and wished the newlyweds a happy life together :-)
The couple only needed a short coverage of the day. So it was back to the hotel for the essential group photos and some more portraits of the newlyweds. Then, as they sat down for the wedding breakfast, I said my goodbyes and rushed home to upload the images.
I delivered the images to the couple a few weeks later, when they had returned from their Honeymoon. They had gone to Italy, hired a couple of bikes and did some touring. Taking in a round of the Moto GP !! How lucky were they to be there when it was on! Or was it planned? Your guesses are probably the same as mine.
The cd of images was loaded into their computer and, up popped the thumbnails. Then full screen. I really love watching the reaction of couples, as they see the photos. You can see them re-living the big day. I will say that I am always nervous that they will like how i have captured their day !! I didn't need to worry! They were over the moon with the images. I could see the smiles and hear the 'Oh yes, that's amazing' !! This is what makes me tick. What makes me realise that I do this job for this very reason. So couples have memories of the day, for the rest of their lives. I have now come to realise that I made the right move when I took redundancy three years ago.
I really am loving what I do :-)
Here are a small selection of images from the day. You now get to see the grooms amazing outfit.
How amazing are these towering flowers?
The big heart in back of photo was handmade by the family.
Now, how's that for a wedding outfit ?!!!
The name Mr Darcey was mentioned a few times :-)
Much laughter was had, while watching the video.
The newlyweds walk down the aisle, arm in arm and as happy as can be.
At the rear of the hotel are these old outbuildings. These were stables for horses many years ago.
Lovely soft light at the River Ouse.
Now, look at that bike!!! It is stunning :-)
I love using this part of the hotel for some casual relaxed images.
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Many thanks, Mark