Summer Solstice Wedding – Polly and Steve

Posted on the 28 June 2019 by Duncan Kerridge @duncankerridge

Ok, Polly and Steve’s wedding was the day after the summer solstice this year, but what’s a day amongst friends?  Polly’s dad is a farmer and I was reliably informed he’s the guy to go to get an accurate outlook for the weather.  He’d predicted a fine day and that’s what we got – beautiful sunshine, a light breeze and perfect wedding weather into the long summer night.

This commission was a little different to my normal wedding bookings.  Polly’s uncle Tim had volunteered to photograph the first part of the day.  So you’ll not see any preparation or ceremony photos from me.  My brief was to capture the fun back on Polly’s father’s farm where the reception was being held.  I have to admit it felt a little strange to be waiting for everyone to arrive not having met Polly and Steve, and not being there at the actual marriage!  Once I was in the swing of things though any concerns went out the window, it was such a great wedding to photograph!

The marquee was tucked away in a quiet corner of Polly’s dad’s farm and the guests soon arrived to enjoy drinks in the summer sun and I spotted Polly and Steve in a nearby field having a few photos taken with Tim.  When they were done they made their entrance through the confetti to join their family and friends.  After soaking up the sunshine and a few drinks we made our way into the open-sided marquee for the wedding breakfast.  Polly’s dad made a quick speech, featuring a few embarrassing family photos before everyone enjoyed their meal.

A raucous best man’s speech preceded cutting of a beautiful homemade cake and we were quickly into the first dance.  Polly and Steve were quickly joined by the rest of their guests and the dancefloor was full.  It would stay full for the rest of the evening, always a great thing to see at a wedding!  Kudos to the band – Jupiter Ray, tons of energy and a great set kept everyone energised and on their feet.

As the sun was setting we headed into a nearby field for some couple portraits followed by fireworks in the gathering darkness.  Into the balmy evening and the dancefloor quickly filled again.  My time was up at midnight and everyone was still partying hard!

Great setting, great people, great fun!  Congrats Polly and Steve!

balloons at the entrance to the wedding reception
bride and groom pose for photos in a field
the reception at a summer solstice wedding
guests outside the wedding marquee
bridesmaids walk to welcome the bride and groom
bride and groom walk through the confetti
polly and steve check their wedding cake
guests assemble to wave at a drone
a drone taking photos of the wedding guests
the bride hugs one of her guests
wedding guests enjoying the drinks receptions
the groom ponders
wedding guests at a summer solstice wedding
the bride talks to her guests
the bride smiling in the summer sunshine
a workout for some younger guests
the bride hugs one of her friends
the groom laughs with his family
checking out the wedding table plan
checking out the table plan
the brides mother and a guest walk into the marquee
sitting for the wedding breakfast
the grooms mother chatting with guests
two bridesmaids laugh at a photo
bride and groom enter the marquee
polly walks through her guests
the father of the brides speech
embarrassing photos during the speeches
a toast during the speeches
the bride hugs her father
wedding guests talk
dinner is served
the wedding cake
a bridesmaid touches up her makeup
the bride chats with her guests
tow wedding guests share a joke
the mother of the bride applauds the groom
the grooms speech
bride and groom kiss at the top table
the best man speaks
the best mans speech at a summer solstice wedding
the bride smiles in a shaft of sunlight
reactions to the best mans speech
reactions to the best mans speech
a laughing wedding guest
the bride chats to one of her wedding guests
the bride and child in the sunlight
bridesmaids take a selfie
guests playing outside
guests playing outside
the first dance
a marquee wedding first dance
the guests join the couple on the dancefloor
bride and groom on the dancefloor
wedding guests smiling at the bride and groom on the dancefloor
a young guest on the dancefloor
polly dances with a young guest
bride and groom pose in a field
wedding portraits in a field
bride and groom in a summer solstice wedding sunset silhouette
bride and groom pose against a barn
bride and groom kiss
the groom on the dancefloor
wedding guests dance
the bride dives onto a group of guests
a couple kiss on the dancefloor
guests enjoy drinks outside
the wedding marquee as night falls
bride and groom watch their wedding fireworks
the whole wedding watching the fireworks
wedding guests enjoying the fireworks
bride and groom embrace in front of the fireworks
mother of the bride on the dancefloor
a selfie on the dancefloor
the marquee seen from the pond
a firepit with the wedding marquee in the background
a dance competition takes place
bride and groom on the dancefloor
wedding guests on the dancefloor
jupiter ray sing at a summer solstice wedding

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