Since the first whispers of Simon’s plans to propose, this marriage has been keenly anticipated by so many, myself included. Sarah and Simon were the first to ever reach out in my direction for their wedding photography, long before I had even begun getting established, and I couldn’t have been more grateful and excited to have their support and be so closely involved in their day.
As an extraordinarily loving and hilarious couple, their wedding day matched up in all measures.
To begin with, the bride and groom both sent touching gifts to each other, in the form of a pocket watch for Simon – to continue the tradition in Sarah’s family – and a mixed CD of home recordings for Sarah – in tribute to his serenade proposal.
Set outside the lovely redbrick of The Manners Arms, under an idilic blue sky, they shared the events of their day with a close company of family and friends. The amount of tissues being passed around alone showed just how invested all their guests were in this occasion. There were jokes through the ceremony, and hugs all round after, as people scattered and mingled throughout the garden.
The speeches followed on with brilliant eloquence and humour, living up to everyone’s expectations of the chaps, and then Sarah surprised her groom with a live band, El Pussycat Ska, to which the Dawson boys led the way with some fierce dance moves. The only way to appropriately end the night then just had to include sparklers waving on the dance floor and live vocals from the groom himself!