Anton and Charlotte invited me to document a small family wedding at the Gilstrap registry office in Newark.
The bride prepared for the big day at the family home in South Normanton, when I arrived the house was full of people all tucking into the most amazing food and drink, the wedding wasn't till 2:30pm so the atmosphere was relaxed and calm giving me the perfect chance to meet many of the guests from the afternoons celebration.
I arrived at the Gilstrap as usual around 30 mins before the ceremony, capturing the guys waiting nervously before the ceremony can often create some fantastic images and on this occasion Anton didn't disappoint. The groom's brother Macklyn was Anton's best man, he was doing a fine job of trying to calm Anton's nerves but at the same time i'm certain he was enjoying seeing Anton squirm.
The Gilstrap is located within Newark's busy town centre, its a beautiful registry office with the remains of Newark castle in the grounds immediately outside the back entrance to the building. For todays wedding the used the Salvin Suite which seats up to 100 people, the room is unusual in its very wide with large picture windows flooding the room with natural light.
The ceremony felt very tense for the first few moments till a few nervous blunders with the vows meant the entire room had a good giggle immediately lightening things. Its great to capture these moments during the ceremony as they can often be some of the most natural shots from the day.
Formal group pictures were taken in the grounds of the Castle but with the bride and groom keen to keep the organised shots to a minimum we were soon on our way to the reception.
The venue chosen for the reception was at Tom Browns Brasserie in Gunthorpe, this was my first time visiting but I was immediately impressed. The restaurant was decorated in a very understated contemporary style.
The tables had all been labelled as islands in the Caribbean.
After dinner and speeches I asked Anton and Charlotte if we could utilise Tom Browns fantastic location by the river Trent for a few photographs, Anton carried his new bride over to the riverside for the shoot, a true gentleman.