Nicky and Alex met in a traditional London pub one night, when Alex tried to innocently pinch a chair which was unbeknown to him being fiercely guarded by Nicky, who was saving it for a friend! It must be this passion and loyalty Nicky has for her friends, family and loved ones that Alex saw in her that night, even when saving a seat, plus of course her English Rose good looks that led to that first date! They quickly established an intense bond, which overcame both distance and time, as soon after they met Nicky left for Africa to follow her dream of volunteering in an impoverished village in Malawi. When I first met Nicky on a dusty and extremely beaten overland truck in Africa, I soon heard all about Alex and knew it must be true love when I saw the t-shirt Alex had sent her with his face on! It was thus no surprise when last year they announced their engagement! It was truly a great privilege for Glen and I to be asked to capture their wedding day, which was filled with so much heartfelt emotion from family and friends!
Nicky and Alex decided to get married in Nicky’s home county of Shropshire where fate would have it Alex spent much of his youth, but they were only to meet years later in the big smoke! Brockton Grange, the impressive building on the grounds where the reception was held, is a stone’s throw from where Nicky’s mum now lives and where the ceremony was held at St Andrew’s church in Shifnal.
A massive surprise for all the guests as Nicky and Alex made their exit was the exploding top hats worn by all the ushers, which were exclusively made for them by a family friend.
Nicky and Alex are both in the teaching profession which led to their quirky and personal school themed reception. Table names were written on miniature black boards and the menus were on old school timetables. The bunting that lined the marquee gave the atmosphere a touch of vintage which suited the table names, which were all based on past schools Nicky and Alex have either attended or taught at. Their place names were just fabulous and fitted the school theme perfectly – pencils personalised with the couple’s names!