Olivier Burnside Wedding PhotographyI’m very pleased to be able to publish a full blog entry from Finola & Henry’s Slaidburn wedding.

Having done my route planning, it soon became apparent that a this might be a good wedding to find accommodation for the night before.  I arrived in Lancashire around sunset.  The surroundings were stunning.  In the end, the drive had taken 5 hours and I was very glad for my bed at a place in Clitheroe just down the road from where the wedding would take place the following day.

Finola and Henry only wanted coverage from the ceremony until after the speeches, so I was able to make a leisurely start the following morning and scout a few spots where I could take them for couple shots.  Slaidburn is a small village tucked away in the hills.  It’s picture postcard perfect and having nature all around made for a great place to have a wedding.

I watched the guests arrive at the village hall and waited with them all for Finola to arrive.  When she did, she was beaming from ear to ear and was rarely seen looking otherwise for the rest of the day.

One of the few down sides to being a wedding photographer is that it impacts on being able to play cricket.  I hadn’t ever expected to get an opportunity to bowl a delivery at a wedding so was delighted to learn that a little cricket had been included on the schedule (who bowled the bride a nasty bouncer?!?).  One lusty blow saw the ball deposited in the stream that runs alongside the village green.  Thankfully, one of the guests was prepared to roll up his trousers to fetch it, risking, well, probably not much more than cold feet in all honesty, but still…

During the four hour drive back down South, I reflected on the wedding and why I’d enjoyed it so much.  Although cricket definitely helped, it was something more.  There was a lot of love that day, not just between the couple, but with their friends too.  Beautiful wedding, beautiful people.  Thanks Finola and Henry for allowing me to be a part of it.

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