It started with an incredibly chilled out and happy bride getting ready with her mother and good friends. Really good girl time. Rachel looked radiant and was ready bang on time - just goes to show that you can relax and enjoy the process and still be on time for your wedding ceremony!
Meanwhile over in the Royal Memorial Chapel Doyle, his best man, fellow military men and guests were calmly jovial, not looking too nervous either.
Drinks in front of Old College got the festivities started and provided wonderful opportunities for candid shots of the bride and groom mingling with their guests. Then after the guests had drifted down to the marquee next to the lake for more drinks before the wedding breakfast, the grand columns and steps provided a wonderful location for bride and groom portraits.
In fact the only worry on the horizon was the weather, which as it turned out, despite looking very threatening (making for a wonderfully dramatic photograph in front of the Old College) passed by without a drenching. Rachel really wanted a photo with one of the resident swans, and was lucky enough to be granted an audience with a curious one happy to be photographed.
A fun and unexpected highlight was a quick tour of the lake in a rowing boat for the happy couple - again a fantastic, not to mention unusual, wedding photo opportunity! As a wedding photographer you wish for special moments to capture, but to have so many unique moments to photograph is a real treat.
This was one of those weddings where time flew for me and before I knew it the party was in full swing and it was time for me to pack up and go home.
I love the design element of the huge columns of the Old College where the drinks reception was held. These columns combined with uniforms make the images unmistakably Sandhurst.