Who’d have thought that Bedford Embankment could look like Paris!
Becky and Tom were married back in late September at The Swan Hotel in Bedford. Considering it was September, the weather was amazingly mild and sunny! I spent the morning with Becky as she got ready with her mother and bridesmaid in the bridal suit of the hotel. She had chosen a stunning fishtail gown with sweetheart neckline and see-through lace detailing to the front. I really loved the fact that the colour of the gown was more of an ivory with white lace on top, showing off all the beautiful patterns in the lace! Teamed with sparkly champagne coloured shoes and gorgeous blooms in pale pinks and ivories, she was ready to walk down the aisle.
The ceremony was held in the conservatory part of the Swan Hotel and was decorated beautifully with flowers by Tallulah and Rose, who also created the stunning bouquets and button holes! Becky’s mother walked her down the aisle and it was touching to see her welling up as she walked through their family and friends. Straight after the ceremony I led the guests out of the hotel grounds and across to the mound nearby where we organised a full group shot. I then stole the newlyweds away for about half an hour while we did some gorgeous bride and groom portraits down by the river. It was around 4pm and the sun was just starting to dip making the photos look hazy and romantic. I posed the couple with their backs to the sun in order to keep the light away from their eyes and create this dreamy, hazy look that I love! I walked the couple down one side of the river before taking them across the bridge and around the other side so we could get a photo with the Swan Hotel in the background. These really are some of my favourite portraits that I’ve taken so far!
I returned the bride and groom back to the party just in time for the wedding breakfast and the hilarious speeches! Guests gathered outside and I caught some couple shots against the backdrop of the fairy light lit embankment. The cake was cut and the newlyweds hit the dancefloor for their first dance, shortly joined by the three little flower girls in their pyjamas and onesies! One of my favourite moments was the bride and her mother sharing a dance together – just lovely!