I’ve had an amazing (and busy) Spring and Summer photographing weddings and one that I will never forget was Sancia and Mariano’s wedding back in July.
They came to me via a recommendation from my mentor Kate Hopewell-Smith, looking for someone to photograph their intimate and informal wedding.
The ceremony was at Abingdon Registry Office which was bursting at the seams with their friends and family, followed by drinks and dinner at a lovely award-winning riverside gastropub The Trout in at Tadpole Bridge in Faringdon, Oxfordshire.
Sancia and Mariano have the most incredible love story and their joy radiated from them, their family and their friends all day. I have so many favorite moments, but one that sticks in my mind was when Sancia walked into the registry office with her Dad – no one was nervous, just thoroughly excited and her Dad couldn’t have been prouder.
Another special moment was after the wedding when we were photographing by a beautiful Cotswold stone archway in Abingdon, just outside the registry office. Their little boy was at the centre of the action chucking confetti about and it was such a gorgeous family scene. Particularly as Mariano’s family had come all the way from Argentina to see him get married, it truly was two families joining together.
Back at The Trout while the celebrating continued, I whisked the newlyweds off for 20 minutes for some portraits of just the two of them and then enjoyed candidly photographing the guests and speeches. During their portraits Sancia and Mariano were a dream to photograph, completely unself-conscious and ‘in the moment’, so I could get plenty of beautifully natural photos for them.
Sancia and Mariano were probably the most relaxed I have ever seen a bride and groom on their wedding day, and their small, informal wedding was perfect for them. They were just so happy to be getting married and to have both their families there with them, they simply didn’t need anything else.