This was one of those weddings where you come away and realise you’ve just documented two very special people. I had known this Malmesbury winter wedding was going to be off the charts as I used to work with the incredibly amazing Bryony (so I had first hand experience of her awesomeness) but I think Saturday surpassed my expectations – it really was ‘next level.’ It had everything and it was a fine way to conclude my weddings before the Christmas break!
Bryony and Dicky’s first dance song was “Days Like These” and it was a very apt title for such a day. It was day like this that they’ll look back on with such fondness forever and with many good reasons!
Dicky and Bryony are just one of those couples that are just insanely nice people and so they are incredibly popular and incredibly loved by a lot of people. Their wedding day totally reflected them – just one big tidal wave of enthusiasm, love and fun, mixed it with some very personal additions to the day. We had sing-along in the ceremony, a full blast of Christmas carols (sung with real gusto my all in attendance) and a memorable set of speeches. It was non-stop energy and it was exactly how I know Bryony and Dicky would have dreamed of it – all their super close friends and family (who mean the world to them) all in one place, for one special special Malmesbury winter wedding day.
The whole wedding was in, or around, Malmesbury in Wiltshire. If you’ve not been to Malmesbury before you need to go. It’s a beautiful little Cotswolds town, with quintessential features galore demonstrating England at it’s finest. Having both grown up there it was fitting their wedding day was in such a personal to them. The girls got ready at Bryony’s parents house and were super fun and very welcoming which I was very grateful for! Bryony looked absolutely amazing in her Charlie Brear dress and Sarah and Gemma did a fantastic job with her hair and make-up. They then processed, with Stevie Cox leading the way, to the Town Hall for what was such a lovely, warm ceremony. I absolutely love church weddings 100%, but the only thing I think they ever lack is the ability to make personal vows. And so a civil ceremony provides a basis for such a personal occasion and what they declared to each other was truly wonderful. The words they shared for each other would have even moved the most stoic amongst us and you couldn’t help feel a sense of “ahhhh you guys” inside as you listened!
Following the ceremony everyone headed to the famous Old Bell hotel in Malmesbury for drinks, before heading on a good old London bus to the really wonderful Matara Centre. It provided the perfect venue for the rest of the day as everyone feasted on the finest local sausages (I managed to take down five thanks to some champagne swaps I did with my table buddy!) and danced the night away. It really was just an all round awesome wedding and the speeches totally reflected that with all the gentleman keeping everyone entertained with a glut of brilliant lines, personal stories and a fine dose of all round genuine love and thankfulness.
So I’ll have over to the photos now – sit back and enjoy this extended selection!
A huge thanks to Dicky and Bryony for having me! So so grateful and I wish you all the best as the might Mr and Mrs Lester!