Being a Hitchin resident myself, it's always a treat shoot weddings in my own town, and Hitchin Priory makes for a perfect venue with it's beautiful old building, and grounds. I was thrilled to meet Mel and Graham 14 months ago in a coffee shop just yards away from it to discuss their wedding plans.
Mel and Graham met 9 years ago whilst Mel was studying in Potters Bar to be a veterinary surgeon. Their first holiday together came the following summer - a 3000 mile road trip around France over 10 days with a 2-man tent and an AA road atlas as their means of survival. Needless to say they tolerated each other well enough and haven't looked back since. Apparently, Mel settles for being 5th in the household pecking order after Graham and the 3 cats, as long as Graham remembers who really wears the trousers!
Fast forward to October 2015 and the couple both prepared themselves in different parts of Hitchin Priory with people keeping watch to ensure they wouldn't see each other. Graham's groom party thought it would be amusing to stage a breakdown of his beloved BMW (often bumping Mel into 6th in the house pecking order!). Meanwhile Mel and the girls enjoyed a group shot of each other in their PJ's and pretty soon everyone was ready and the ceremony was under way.
My 3 man team for the day including Steve Granger (Second Shooting) and my glamorous assistant (Karolina Janiszewska) pulled out all the stops to ensure we got the images we needed, and me managed to close the evening with a beautiful shot of the happy couple silhouetted against the Priory building.
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