Are you prepared?
I have seen so many Brides forums asking other Brides
what went wrong on your wedding day? Just so they can be prepared for it.
So is this a very bad question to ask?
Why would you want to arm yourself as a bride with that worry in the back of your mind?
All these scenarios which would on the day cause nothing but stress. Because let’s face it, What can you do about it if it does go wrong??? NOTHING! Except be prepared, keep calm and carry on.
Just like today, here’s how I kept calm and carried on !
The day starts out as the hottest day of the year.
Of course everyone is so happy, all this beautiful weather we are having after all, or isn’t it?
I know just how hot these days can get for those in suits and hot wedding dresses so people soon start to understand my cautioning over the 30 degree and upwards heat that has totally consumed us right now.
Well what could go wrong at this wedding this weekend did go wrong?
However as a Wedding Photographer it is my job to know these things happen and to know what to do in these situations.
My outlook is what “will be will be” and at this wedding it was exactly that. The other thing I am a great believer in is “For everything bad something good comes” or as they say it always ends in a “Win-Win” situation if managed correctly.
Also very true, especially for this wedding.
Don’t just check the weather, check the traffic, yes?
The wedding was supposed to take place at 12 Noon.
The vicar however, arrived an hour and a half late due to the closure of the M27 and back up traffic going into Romsey. This was not great news and the Gentleman who organised the church was frantically trying to call all the vicars attached to the church to try to get a replacement vicar sooner rather than later.
The Bride who was renowned for being late was true to form, but this time it wasn’t important that she was late because we had no Vicar yet.
The Bride had to drive to the next pub for a quick “tiddle” and a quick “tipple” as it were!!!!!
So all in all again this worked out beautifully. About 30 minutes after the wedding was supposed to start a family came running to the church asking if the wedding was all over? (what with so many people milling outside and in The Crown pub opposite).
They had managed to drive down from Sunderland the day before but went to the wrong church on the day for the wedding, when they realised they quickly diverted to the correct church but got there 30 minutes late.
Does luck come into play?
Yes, Luck was on their side because of the vicars traffic problems and clearly they were able to make the wedding, when it started!
The Groom never forgets anything does he?
Earlier that morning when the Groomsmen were getting ready, the Groom managed to forget about getting any cufflinks for all the men’s shirts, so the best man had to rush out and get them all cufflinks at the last minute
The groom was more over the moon in the knowledge that with the cufflinks came a free wallet each, again here comes the Win-Win situation.
How many hitches can you have in one wedding day?
So the wedding finally got underway and hour and a half late but without a hitch, it was a lovely ceremony and a few tears were shed, Then came the part where the New Mr and Mrs are to walk back down the aisle and leave the church when >>>>>>>>>
The Groom needs a wee!!!!!!!!
He really cant hold it any longer, so he thought it best to leave his new wife at the end of the aisle and wait while he dashes off to the gents loo!
It rose a few chuckles inside the church I can tell you
Once he had composed himself returning a few minutes later they resumed the walk into the archway where I take that beautiful moment of the Groom kissing his new Bride. .
What happens if any equipment breaks?
Next on the list of things to go wrong was that my husband Nicholas (My second Photographer) came to me with a camera that had totally broken down.
This is why I always bring a spare body and lens.
luckily the car was very near by and we managed not to miss anything as they flowed out of the church.
The guests chatted whilst Nicholas changed over to the new camera. I have wanted a new camera body for a while so another win-win, because now I don’t want one but now need one. Just saying !
Can you get back on time?
The Bride and Groom had prepaid for a secret type garden to shoot in with their close family behind The White Horse In Romsey reception venue. Considering we were already an hour and a half behind I suggested when we arrived to the venue that we get on and use the garden.
Understandably the Bride was hot bothered and just needed a long awaited rest for a bit so she decided to wait until after the meal because the hotel really wanted to push on with the food that was already waiting to be served. They were desperately trting to get back on schedule.
So we left the Photography until after the meal. By which time the opening times for The King Johns House and Gardens (a courtyard style garden) was over and they had closed !!!!!! BUT….
We were able to look more closely inside the barn and use this as an ideal place to take more intimate photos of the bride and groom and use the stairs and courtyard for the family images. guess what Win-Win again.
Will the hiccups ever end?
Last but not least, we now have a DJ that cant find the entrance to the Hotel due to the traffic and road closures for Road works in Romsey, after a few calls and verbal direction into back roads he makes it safe and sound and gets underway!
By now we know not much else could go wrong to just one couple, who as well as their guests all took it all in their stride. I had a wonderful day Photographing this couple in some beautiful locations
All in all a fabulous day, well prepared for every eventuality and everyone had a smooth(ish),warm, fun and happy wedding day, after all as they all stated Karen is renowned for being late so it would only be right that on the day true to Karen form that everything on the day was late. Perfect I say.