On a very cold Saturday in November two very close friends tied the knot at The Old Parish Rooms, a beautifully converted Parish hall situated in Rayleigh in Essex.
I’ve been friends with Matt since meeting at a local Sixth form college over 15 years ago so when he told me that he was getting married to Nicola I couldn’t be more happy for them.
First they got me to design their wedding invitations and then they asked me to photograph their big day. It was a very relaxed and intimate affair with just shy of 20 family and friends for the wedding. The venue was stunningly decorated with fresh flowers by Moggy Blooms, Floral Design and four separate cakes were on display (which I looked forward to tucking into later).
Not wanting any pictures taken before the ceremony, like everyone else I didn’t see Nicola until she stepped through the curtain, to the sound of "The Black Pearl". I glance at Matt and I see him waiting with a look of absolute joy. The ceremony started but not before the two most important people could get involved. Matt and Nicola’s twin boys, whom I had a fun afternoon photographing on the Gruffalo trail, decided that they were gonna be part of the ceremony and jumped into their parents arms. They were really the stars of the day and once the ceremony was finished they were off running and exploring. After getting some shots of the happy couple, including a brief venture into the bitter cold outside, we sat down for dinner to the sounds of various movie scores. With dinner finished the evening guests started to arrive, the lights dimmed and the music began to play.
"Harp was amazing from start to finish with our wedding.
We met up with him to discuss my invitation ideas and somehow from all my ramblings he designed exactly what I wanted, it was better then I could imagine myself.
The ideas Harp had for our photography were spot on, and he was keen to make sure he knew exactly what we wanted.
On the day itself he was cool and calm, worked with us well, and was fantastic with my children. He got amazing shots and we have many of the images around our home, and people always comment on how lovely they are.
I couldnt be happier with everything, and would recommend to anyone, you won't be disappointed."