We had the pleasure of filming Grace and Danny Mawson at their lovely wedding, set in the heart of Lincolnshire. Although we had some torrential downpours during the week, Saturday came and when it mattered, the sun shone!
The real buzz of the day started at Grace’s mother’s house where bridal preparations were taking place. This is mainly down to the fact that Danny and his groomsmen were taking the laid back approach and answered the door to me in their underwear! At bridal prep it really was a hive of activity with plenty of bridesmaids, makeup artists, and hairdressers busily working to get everything ready to leave on time. All the while Grace was smiling and joking with her bridal party trying not to explode with excitement!
It’s great to film the preparations of the big day as it shows each bride and groom how the other spent their morning, and it gives a really great beginning to the wedding film.
The photographer for the day was a good friend of Grace’s, the talented Miss Natalie Wood. Check her out at HERE. Natalie was so easy to work with through the day and worked hard to get the snaps that Grace and Danny wanted.
Grace was on top form and raring to go. So raring that she arrived early to the church and was made to wait outside! Now you don't hear that very often of a bride, they’re normally late! (Bride’s prerogative I guess!)
Grace arrived at the All Saints church in Ruskington, Sleaford in a 1940’s army jeep and looked absolutely stunning, with the bridesmaids in tow in a vintage bus. After a very long 5 minutes, Grace was able to enter the church and walk down the aisle to meet her very soon to be husband, who was in the full army uniform!
The service was beautiful and although there were a few spots of rain earlier in the day the sun came out just as the photos were being taken outside the church… talk about a spot of luck!
Then it was a race for us to beat the bridal party and guests to the well-known Petwood Hotel in Woodall Spa. When pulling up the expansive drive and setting eyes on the building, the colours from the grounds with the black and white of the hotel really set it off! I can tell you it is a real gem of a venue! Along with the aesthetics, the Petwood hotel has some very significant historical importance which ties in nicely with the forces theme of the wedding. The Petwood was the home to the famous RAF 617 or “Dambusters” squadron.
On entry to the reception area the staff were ready and waiting to quench the thirst of any wedding goers and did a great job to! Grace, Danny and all of their guests were certainly in good hands for the rest of the day.
As is standard practice, the group photos began and Natalie employed the services of the best man to herd any and every name that was given to him in front of the lens. It was not hard to find a nice setting for to frame our outdoor shots, the grounds at the Petwood are stunning. With the drinks flowing and photos nearly over everyone was ready for a good meal and some great speeches.
During the meal myself, Charlie and Natalie took the opportunity to refuel and sampled the delights of the Petwood kitchen. Delicious! After the food was eaten and the table wine nearly finished, those with the task of giving a speech had a very receptive audience. The speeches began! First, Father of the bride, who gave a lovely speech and was clearly very proud of his daughter. Then came the groom who gave a completely off the cuff speech, which was so nice to see coming straight from the heart. Finally, the long awaited best man speech. He was clearly quite nervous as he kept speaking in the mic we had given him to ask for reassurance! He had everyone laughing and cheering and of course the groom in bits!
The cake was cut and the first dance was underway with the room full of onlookers. There was so much going on into the evening. The party really started with The Little Big Band playing an amazing set followed by the DJ. There was also a Photo Booth and a hog roast!
To bring the house down Grace and Danny had one more treat for their guests, and the evening’s finale, fireworks! Boy were they good! Grace and Danny even got to set them off with a plunger!
A huge thank you to Janet Lee and the team at the Petwood hotel for being so helpful, efficient, and courteous.
Thank you Mr & Mrs Mawson for letting us share in your special day!