6th June 2018 / Weddings
SOPHIE & GARRY
A wedding photographer's story of love at first sight, a beautiful ceremony in a charming 600 year old church, and a wedding reception to die for on the breathtaking Latimer Estate.
Welcome to the wedding of Sophie and Garry by wedding photographer Abul, of Gracious Photography.
I felt especially honoured to be capturing this wedding, as Sophie is a very in demand and amazingly talented bridal hair stylist, who gets to see a lot of photographers’ work. Sophie has made many brides look and feel amazing, and now it was her turn.
Sophie and Garry got married on a beautiful April day at the church where Garry proposed. When they got engaged, they dreamed of a romantic, simple, and elegant wedding day, and they got their wish.
They celebrated with family and friends at De Vere’s Latimer Estate, a perfect setting for a dream wedding. Nestled in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views of Chess Valley, the historic mansion with its Victorian architecture is a sight to behold. The estate dates back to 1194 so it’s a place with so many stories to tell; and now it has its place in the love story of Sophie and Garry…
Sophie’s day began at her family home in Northwood Hills, where she spent time with her mum and dad, and enjoyed getting ready with her bridesmaids Bekah, Laura, Michelle, Tamar, Amy, Katie, Katrina, and Kirstie.
Sophie’s dad held back tears when he saw her in her wedding dress for the first time. Her dress was a stunning gown with delicate lace sleeves and a buttoned but open back, which had been altered to fit like a glove by Amelia George Bridal in Tring.
Garry got ready at their home in Tring, with Dave, his best man, and his groomsmen Adam, Jason, and Chris. They talked about the day ahead ( and of course football) and reminisced about their journey so far.
Garry cut a dashing figure in his tweed suit from The Vintage Suit Hire Company in Bedford. He opened up a letter and a gift from his bride to be, which was a beautiful inscribed pocket watch, which he wore that day.
Garry had also given Sophie a note and a gift, which was an Apple iWatch. Neither had any idea that they had bought each other watches, and I stood and thought about how they had given each other the gift of time on their wedding day. Great minds who have a beautiful connection with each other think alike. This amazing couple’s day was full of beautiful moments like this.
Sophie’s uncle drove her to the church in his beautiful Jaguar to marry the love of her life on a gorgeous day.
Garry stood on the aisle of St Peter and St Paul Church in Tring, waiting for his beautiful bride. The 600-year-old church has seen many weddings and its eight bells have rung many times for many happy couples before, but it fell silent, as Phoebe and Lincoln, the unbelievably cute flower girl and page boy entered, followed by the bridesmaids, then Sophie.
Sophie looked beautiful. She walked arm in arm with her proud dad, and family and friends smiled and gasped when they saw her. Garry looked like his entire world was stood there right in front of him, because it was.
As the newlyweds left the church, I organised the guests into two lines for that all important confetti shot to welcome the new Mr and Mrs Barr.
Not to be left out, Sophie and Garry’s dog Dottie, affectionately known as their ‘pug child’ made an appearance and got some TLC. I’m told she never misses a photo opportunity!
As the guests arrived for the wedding reception at the beautiful Latimer estate, the very talented saxophonist David Young performed for them, and gave them the opportunity to dance before the wedding breakfast.
The speeches were delivered beautifully. Sophie’s dad spoke about Sophie and Garry, and how proud he is of them. Garry thanked everyone who had played a part in making their day perfect, with a special mention for their friend Tamar, who introduced Garry to Sophie ten years ago!
The best man’s speech definitely didn’t pull any punches, and Dave shared stories of working with Garry, and played a recording of Garry singing Patrick’s Swayze’s ‘She’s like The Wind.’ Garry can definitely sing, I might add!
After the wedding breakfast, Sophie and Garry spent some time enjoying the wonderful sunset, and I took some beautiful natural photos of them both. I enjoy being with couples to capture those precious few moments they get to spend alone, just being together and appreciating their day.
After enjoying the break, they went on to party into the night with family and friends, and everyone had an amazing time to round off a gorgeous wedding.
After the stress of planning and the build up to the big day, Sophie and Garry relaxed in Cape Verde on their honeymoon. Sophie joked that everyone should go to a deserted island after their wedding.
The couple say their hopes for the future are to live a long, happy life, full of lots of love and adventures. This made me think about time, and how Sophie and Garry gave each other timepieces as a memento of the day. It says a lot about their bond and what’s important to them, because there’s only one thing more precious than time, and that’s who we spend it on.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Barr, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.