Jo & Charlie's Wedding - Balcombe & West Hoathly, West Sussex

How lovely to be able to do my first ever 'Uncle Ted' wedding! The 'Uncle Ted Award' goes to anyone offering outstanding assistance during a wedding & Charlie was only the 2nd ever recipient back in 2007. Since then I have photographed Charlie and now Jo a few times and so when they asked me to photograph their day I was absolutely thrilled.

Simply click on the image below and click on the 'play' button to see their mini slideshow. To see all of their pictures, once in the slideshow view, click on the shopping basket and when prompted the password is Jo & Charlie's surname (case sensitive).

While I was at Jo's home taking a few shots of her with Charlie-girl, Liz and Jo's parents Laura was photographing Charlie & his ushers enjoying their pub lunch. All was calm with Jo and I was so excited when I saw her Caroline Castigliano dress as it was stunning and needed it's own hanging rail! Zara delivered lovely bouquets and Antonia did an amazing job on Jo's hair (thanks for your help with the reflector). After a few family photos I left for the Church where I met up with Laura. It was great seeing Charlie's beaming face as he greeted his guests.

Jo arrived with Charlie-girl, Liz and two of the most adorable flower girls ever in the shape of Beatrice & Georgina. Watching them compare shoes and dresses with the older girls was so sweet and seeing them holding hands all the way to the Church was very touching. Jo arrived and took some getting out of the car, everyone trying desperately to keep her skirts off the ground, and managed it safely to the lychgate only for someone to pipe up, 'where are your flowers?' Ooops. A very small delay while they were collected and then Nick walked Jo down the aisle into a packed Church and both her and Charlie beamed when they met at the end.

The service was wonderful with readings from Simon & Emily, prayers from Andrew, the amazing sound from the army brass quintet & the Church choir of course. The vows and exchange of rings went smoothly with lots of smiles from everyone assembled. After signing the Register they walked back down the aisle and out to be greeted by Millie (along with her very smart bow) in a complete surprise for Jo and their joy at seeing each other was terrific. After the family groups they braved A LOT of confetti and set off in the Old Lady towards West Hoathly and Charlie's brother's home with an incredibly smart marquee ready to receive everyone for a drinks reception and speeches (very funny flags from Nick, Charlie making me scream laughing with his comparison to World leaders of Jo, Jeremy & poor Emily (!), and finally Jeremy with his tales of Charlie's charm from an early age).

We did a little stop off in a beautiful garden and with the help of wonderful Rachel we managed to manoeuver Jo's dress around safely and took some stunning photos. I love that Jo had her boots in the Old Lady all ready for a bit of stomping. Very impressive! [Rachel, thank you, Uncle Ted badge on the way - you were amazing!]

After the delicious meal, it being 5th November, there were fireworks and I was surprised to see that they went on for as long as our village display. How Charlie managed that I have no idea but they were REALLY impressive. Cake cutting (made beautifully by Imogen) was followed by a pretty impressive first dance (lots of giggling) and then the whole marquee fell onto the dance floor and were highly entertained by the Co Stars.

I managed a last shot in front of the marquee (always a good one for the last page of the album) and it looked great with the fairy lights and Charlie & Jo laughing as they had been all day.

Thanks so much for having me there as a part of your day and for the delicious food and lemonade. Laura & I had a wonderful day and we both wish you a very happy future together and please keep in touch with all of your news. It was great to see you today and I'm so pleased that you had an amazing honeymoon. x

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