Liz & Chris - a wonderful wedding in Sark

Every wedding is special, but some end up being truly exceptional and, this was one of the latter without a doubt. As a lover of Sark it was wonderful to be chosen by a couple who share this affection and naturally wanted their wedding there. They had organised everything meticulously and the whole day ran beautifully. I really found it very difficult to select which images to use in this blog, so please enjoy the below knowing there are a lot more beautiful pictures to share of this day. So there's not much text below and a few more pictures than normal.

I started early in the morning with the bridal preparations, it was a pleasure to photograph those special moments that illustrate the bonds between Mother and Daughter and between the bridesmaids. A record of precious moments showing precious friendships.

Liz looked stunning and the grounds of the house made the perfect walk to the waiting carriage to take her to the church.

La Moinerie was where the groomsmen were getting ready, those button holes certainly proved a bit tricky to fit.

A gentle walk to St. Peter's Church was ideal to keep the nerves calm, where Chris awaited the arrival of his bride.

St. Peter's Church in Sark is surprisingly big inside, with an unusual layout as there is no central aisle. The scene inside looked very impressive with the packed guests and stunning flowers.

Now I knew the couple well after spending time with them in London and Guernsey shooting their engagement session. Liz is a person who hardly stops laughing, this was very evident on her wedding day!

A favourite candid moment as the couple await to come out from signing the register.

There were congratulations all around outside the church as the sun smiled on the newly weds. Then it was off in the carriage accompanied by the sweet sight of some of Sark's children cycling behind the carriage.

La Seigneurie gardens in Sark are one of the premier tourist attractions of the island and it was a fitting place to stop off with the now Mr. and Mrs. Carter to take some beautiful portraits of them. Thank you to La Seigneurie Gardens Trust for their permission to do this.

Then a gentle ride to Les Cotils to the marquee for the reception.

What a perfect location and how beautiful it all looked inside. The staff of La Moinerie and Le Aval du Creux have to be congratulated with the results of their efforts.

It was difficult to photograph the speeches as there was much to laugh about and I found that infectious.

As dusk fell the scene outside made a worthwhile picture as the lights in the tent contrasted with the blue of the approaching night.

What a first dance! They promised something different and certainly delivered, the speed and energy of their unusual routine was fun and admirable, if a bit of a challenge to record.

The band was made up with Luke as The Trumpet Player, The Kings of Swing and Wavelength. A great mix of music from brass to crashing Queen numbers accompanied with frenzied dancing. It was a treat to hear these accomplished musicians perform.

The dancing continued unabated with extraordinary energy the whole evening. What fun everyone had.

A conga to finish off and, yes Liz is still laughing. What a superb end to the day.

To those who have not seen Liz and Chris' engagement album, please scroll down to my blog entries in February and January.
Also for the visitors to Sark for this wedding who may not have had the chance to see as much of the island as they would have liked to, please check out the Landscapes section on my website where there is a small selection of some of my Sark images.