June’s an interesting month! It’s sometime called Flaming June (hands up if you are as old as me, and remember the 90s trance song), but also should sometimes be called Pouring June, because this island of ours doesn’t half seem to get some rain in the sixth month sometimes.
This can make outdoor wedding entertainment planning challenging, but it was very cleverly handled by Fallon for her marriage to Matt on their special day last June. There was plenty of fun outdoor entertainment to tempt their guests outside, but in the event of the inevitable downpour, Fallon had brought along around 70 second-hand umbrellas! The plan was to pop them straight back on to eBay afterwards - what a simple but genius idea!
Fallon had a fun bridal prep with best friends and family in attendance, while Matt arrived in plenty of time to have his buttonhole adjusted, and relax with his mates. I was delighted to see that the two registrars in attendance were old friends and colleagues of mine: Linda the Superintendent Registrar, who was conducting the ceremony, and her colleague Jenny, acting as Deputy Registrar and writing in the big green book; the marriage register. (I used to work part-time at Solihull Register Office, where they’re based)
Fallon had a touching emotional moment just before the ceremony, but with the help of her bridesmaids, held it together admirably. Before that happened, we were all treated to the delight of seeing Fallon and Matt’s little son preceding her up the aisle in a mini BMW! I quite like the idea of gliding around in one of those!
The ceremony room was beautifully decorated with artificial blossom trees. From my usual position at the back of the room I could see that Phil had unobtrusively entwined himself within one of these to get some fabulous shots of all those special moments. If he was a Scout, he would definitely have earned his Arborist Badge.
After the lovely ceremony, and the signing of that big green book, Matt and Fallon were officially married! We all spilled out into the flaming June sunshine to enjoy playing, watching, or photographing the fun. Lots of young ones were present, and it was just really nice to see them playing and enjoying themselves. There was limbo, giant Jenga, hula hoops, and those cones with handles on the sides that make a little ball shoot into the air. You know the things. Do they have a name? I’m unaware of it.
Another big surprise laid on by the happy couple were coloured smoke grenades! This was actually the first time we’d photographed these, so we had no idea what to expect. But, The Dignums are up for almost anything, and we got some great colourful shots.
Nailcote Hall is also has a beautiful rolling countryside golf course, so for Matt and Fallon’s portrait shoot they took off in a golf buggy, with Fallon at the wheel! Matt took his life in his hands, but showed a remarkable confidence in his new wife’s driving abilities.
For indoor wedding entertainment Fallon and Matt had arranged for an excellent magician, who performed some jaw-dropping tricks. There was also a fab magic mirror, with some really hilarious props.
Yes, there was a brief downpour, and those umbrellas did come in useful. But it was nearly perfectly coincided with all the guests moving inside for a lovely wedding breakfast. This was followed by some great speeches, with a particularly memorable one from Fallon’s mum.
June evenings are the longest of the year, but the hallmark of a fun wedding for me is always how quickly the time goes by. As the sun set and the skies faded into night, Fallon, Matt, and their families and friends all got onto the dance floor to have even more fun. Hats off to a really cool couple, from The Dignums!Credits
Videographers: Tying knots videographer
Hair stylist: Linzi loops
Decor/ Venue Dresser: Wedding Wishes
Magician: Infiniti Magic
Cake Artist: Brownie Bliss
Entertainment: Posh Parties