If the last post of Gemma and Jamie’s wedding at Rhinefield House was emotional then this is an absolute tear jerker.
Enter Amelia and Lee, the most wonderful and inspiring couple you will ever meet. Amelia is an absolutely incredible woman who simply oozes fun and has the most wonderful demeanour. Lee, well Lee is an inspiration to us all. A little over a year ago Lee was involved in a motor cross accident which left him paralysed. To say that I was amazed at his zest for life is an understatement and the fact that he wanted to stand in a bespoke harness to make sure that he could see his beloved Amelia walk down the aisle was incredible. Lee is also now training for the next Paralympics in the shooting category and I have no doubt in my mind that he will succeed in reaching his goal.
My day started at the gorgeous Miramar Hotel in Bournemouth for the bridal preparations where there was a certain buzz in the air that you only get on the morning of a wedding day. Amelia being made up, the Bridesmaids nattering on the bed and Amelia’s little stealing sugar cubes under the watchful eye of her Nanny. Classic.
Rain was forecast throughout the day and as I travelled the 40 minute journey to Rhinefield House it looked pretty ominous for their outdoor wedding ceremony set in the stunning grounds of the venue. I could not have been more wrong and what a ceremony it was. Firstly Amelia arriving with her father on a horse drawn carriage was breathtaking as they pulled up outside the front of this stunning building. And then the ceremony. What a special moment when Lee, standing at the alter, see’s his little girl and Amelia walking down the aisle. The ceremony was by far one of the most emotional ceremonies I have photographed for many reasonsand flew by with a wonderful blessing from Amelia’s godfather to complete it.
As the couple headed off for a horse drawn carriage ride down Ornamental Drive I headed set out to capture some natural storytelling images of the drinks reception. For the group photographs we had pre arranged to have two seats for Amelia and Lee so that they would be more comfortable and then for their personal photographs I incorporated a mix in Lee’s wheelchair and on various seats around the grounds at Rhinefield House.
One of the requests from the couple was to have a similar photograph that they used as their ‘save the date’ cards and that was of their daughter holding a sign with a message. Although a little shy at first (or for quite a while) we eventually got the photograph and it makes for the perfect ending to Amelia and Lee’s wedding at Rhinefield House.