Military Wedding – Pete & Lizzie

We shot Lisa and Steve’s Military wedding photography in August last year and they recommended us to Pete and Lizzie for their Military wedding.

Lizzie and Pete met at a Christmas Party in 2013. A Karaoke duet and a goodnight kiss led, eventually, to Durdle door where Pete proposed on a crisp winter’s morning in January 2015.

Military wedding photography

The wedding really was a family affair. The ceremony was held in Lizzie’s home village of Flecknoe, Warwickshire and conducted by Pete’s mum who is a Reverend. After the ceremony complete with Military honour guard (Hello again Captain Death) we headed off for a few shots with the VW camper van. All the guests were waiting at Lizzie’s childhood home where there was a huge marquee reception. Pete is a traditionalist so wanted to get married where Lizzies was from and I understand that her mum always wanted a wedding in the garden so jumped at the chance.

The theme was rustic. It was a beautiful day and we were very lucky. Leaves were falling from the trees and so the natural colours in the garden really complemented the theme throughout. Wooden rounds with beautiful bark formed part of the centre peices on all the tables as well as a stand for the cake too. Lizzie’s Pronovias made dress was made of gorgeous detailed lace with a wide band of satin at the waist and a cathedral length train. Her wedding present from Pete were Sarah Hickey pearl earrings and bracelet. Pete wore his Number Ones. His wedding present from Lizzie was his own, fully engraved ceremonial sword.

There was a full family production line for the stationery and accessories with save the date cards, table name tags, bottle openers made from .50 cal cartridge cases and cufflinks made from percussion caps. Lizzie’s mum, made the “naked” cake. Pete’s sister Jilly made 100 confetti cones from old maps and filled them with with flower petals she had collected.

After the first dance there was a “technical issue with the power” and everyone was ushered outside where Pete took Lizzie to safety next to the garden fence. To her surprise and delight a fireworks display started to end the evening.

Lizzie’s advice to anyone planning their wedding? “Just listen to each other and compromise on your decisions. The bride will want to hear what the grooms thoughts and views are so make sure he’s included! You’re best friends and going through it together! Have a safe word that lets the other know when you need a bit of time out. We used “Godzilla” if we felt things were running away or if we could see the other was getting a little stressed by things. Just stop and have a hug for five minutes and reassure each other!”

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“Kevin and Carol were recommended by friends. Having looked through their extensive portfolio, we knew we had to speak to them. We both enjoy photography and so had a very strong desire for the wedding to be captured in a natural way and they more than delivered. Both Kevin and Carol greeted us in the relevant locations with beaming smiles and immediately made us feel at ease. They were incredibly accommodating and we never knew they were there! The results were incredible and will be viewed for years to come!”

Groom and groomsmen in military uniform
Groom receiving gift from his wife to be
Bridesmaid applying her makeup in mirror
Bride having her hair done
Military groom and his best man
Beautiful wedding shoes on brides dressing table
Groom and his military honour guard walking down lane
Black and white image of bridesmaid reflected in mirror
Bride getting into her dress in black and white
Bride getting ready to leave her bedroom after bridal prep
Bride looking out of the window
Guests arriving at the church
Groom and best man waiting in the church
Usher at church waiting for bride to arrive
Bride arriving at church in VW Camper
Bride getting out of VW Camper with her father
Black and white image of couple at altar
Couple in church at start of ceremony
Bride and groom leaving church with military honour guard
Black and white confetti image of couple leaving church
Couple in VW Camper van leaving church
Black and white image of couple in countryside on way to reception
Couple arriving at reception in VW Camper
Black and white image of bride and groom eating canapes
Black and white image of couple being greeted by guests at reception
Bridesmaid getting a hug from grandparent
Black and white image of pageboy in crowd
Guests having a laugh at afternoon reception
Black and white shot of guests mingling at reception
Bride with her beautiful bridesmaids
Bride and groom getting ready for group shot with military honour guard
Bride and groom shot in the gardens
Image of table plan pinned on a map of the world
Close up shot of the table plan for wedding breakfast
Groom starting his speech
Grooms father laughing during speeches
Black & white image of bride during speeches
Black & white image of couple standing during speeches
Best man showing list of spreadsheets organised by bride during his speech
Black and white shot of couple laughing at best man speech
Three shots together of cake cutting with military sword
Bride and groom starting their first dance
One of the military honour guard dancing with his wife
Everyone dancing on the dancefloor
Bride hugging her friends on dancefloor
Bride and groom with surprise fireworks
Image of bride and groom with fireworks
Fireworks at military wedding