We were blessed this year with a wonferfully warm autumn that gave Courtney & James the most perfect day for a September wedding ~ that really felt more like July. Glendale Gardens is a lovely wedding location with large grounds of native plants, flowers, and a ceremony site that overlooks a little valley with a pond. It was the perfect spot for this very pretty afternoon wedding. You may remember from their engagement session that Jane Austen and many things English inspire these two and this wedding was a perfect tribute to an English country garden party right down to the cucumber sandwiches and fancy tea sets. The embroidered linens from Victoria Vintage China Rentals and bud vases with pale pink and yellow blooms, arranged by our friends at Rook & Rose, created such a pretty setting. We were happy to see the guests had been inspired by the Royal Wedding style and arrived donned in fancy hats and fascinators! Courtney & James had a little old-timey folk duo headed by Miriam Sontenes playing old love songs on fiddles and banjos and a couple of times they shared a dance – just the two of them as friends and family sipped champagne and ate little strawberry tarts. I think their cake has to be one of the most gorgeous cakes I have seen in some time, with the pale roses and icing sugar doily pattern and it perfectly fit the whole style of their day. In the late afternoo, as the reception wound down, we headed out to shoot their portraits. When they arrived at their car they found that their bridesmaid Nicola had handmade some really cute custom decor for their car! We carried it with us on our shoot as we enjoyed the perfect evening light in forest and field. Thank-you so so much to Courtney and James for not only choosing us for your special day, picking the absolute perfect time of day for these gorgeous sunsoaked field photos (huge treat as we rarely get to shoot wedding portraits at that time of day!!), but also for being such enthusiastic and supportive clients. You made our job pretty easy and we have such great memories from your day – even when I thought there was a cougar in the bush! We already know how happy you are together and we hope it only gets even better from here!
Venue: Glendale Gardens | Bride: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Make Up: Sharon Clarke | Groom: Outlooks for Men | Linens & China: Victoria Vintage China Rentals | Floral Design: Rook and Rose | Cake: Murchies | Music: Miriam Sonstenes