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Mr & Mrs Bourne - A Holy Rood Church & Newbury Racecourse Wedding

It’s been my New Years resolution for 2021 to blog more for you lovely people that drop by. It might seem a silly time to up my Wedding blogging game considering the past year we’ve had (thank you Covid) – but it has given me the perfect excuse to look back and be totally spoilt for choice for my next post.


I was surprised to see that I hadn’t shared Filomena & Alec’s wedding as without sounding cliche it really is one that will stay in my memory forever.


I first met Filomena & Alec at another wedding (how have I not shared Jessica & Adam’s on here too!? Next post, sorted!). I remember at the time, taking their photo and thinking not only how gorgeous they both were but they were so funny and as a couple just seemed to ‘click’.


So, when an email dropped from Filomena asking me to photograph their wedding I was so excited. Filomena mentioned early on that they would be celebrating with lots of guests, as they were planning the most incredible wedding and in true Italian style would be surrounded by both of their families which would fill one side of a racecourse enclosure (scroll down for proof!).


I have to just stop here and take my hat off to both Filomena & Alec, as even though they had so many guests, their wedding was the most relaxed, fun and personal days I have even photographed. Both I and my fabulous second shooter Rosie were made to feel like one of the family.


Preparations began at home and from the moment I arrived, I was blown away. Every detail was so well planned and everything ran so smoothly, with such a light and happy atmosphere.


This feeling continued well into the ceremony which took place at Holy Rood Church. Holy Rood is one of my absolute favourite churches, with their gorgeous stained glass windows and the layout of the seating and ceremony area – it is not only beautiful, but a photographers dream.


Filomena had everyone is stitches when she said her vows quoting Alec’s Facebook nickname – soon followed by tears as the local children’s choir sang for the guests.


Following the ceremony we snuck off to Swindon Town Gardens for couple portraits which look beautiful in May. It was then onto Newbury Racecourse where the sunshine followed and the celebrations began.


From the speeches, the dancing and the fun in our photo booth – I will say with complete honesty, I would quite happily relive Mr & Mrs Bourne’s wedding day, every day, for eternity (that might be helped by the food you provided for us too!).


I could go on forever, but as always, I will leave you with a few handfuls of my favourite photographs and let them do the rest of the talking.


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