After already having to postpone their big day from earlier this year, I was excited to hear that Helena and Tom were eager to go ahead with their celebration in November despite the restrictions on guest numbers. Their plans had already undergone some transformation - not only had they swapped their early Summer celebration for a late Autumn one, they also decided to change their reception venue so that they were located closer to the Church in order to cut down on travel times.
Unfortunately, additional last-minute changes were required. With just a week to go until their newly arranged date, word started to spread about a potential second lockdown but Helena and Tom, instead of letting it get them down, decided to try and bring their wedding forward. I am so glad that they were proactive because, within 24 hours, the dates for the second lockdown had been confirmed and all weddings that were due to take place during that period had been prohibited.
How they managed to get everything arranged in such a short space of time, I'll never know! But by moving their wedding forward by just three days they were thankfully able to beat the lockdown. They had managed to rearrange the date with all of their suppliers, update their guests and, I'm sure, spend a frantic few days getting everything prepped and ready for their earlier-than-anticipated big day!
When the day arrived I was so happy to see that the sun was shining beautifully - a great omen for the day ahead! Starting at Bowood for the Bridal Prep, we were soon on our way to the Church in Devizes which was presided over by a family friend. The readings were especially emotional and the final blessing, given by Tom's Mum, made it that extra bit special!
From the Church, it was back to Bowood for their intimate reception where we were able to take advantage of the grounds just as the sun was starting to set for their couples portraits..
It was such a beautiful day and, despite their restricted guest list, I really did get the feeling that everyone was overjoyed to be taking part in such a wonderful celebration. There were many happy tears throughout the day and an overall sense of relief that Helena and Tom had managed to beat lockdown and finally say I do!
Congratulations Helena and Tom - you did it!!!
Below are just a few of my favourite photos from the day. The full set of images can be found here (the password can be obtained from Helena or Tom).