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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