Jessica & Richard Boyden win Wedding of The Year 2009 competitons in Your Berks & Bucks Wedding magazine

A huge, massive congratulations to Jessica & Richard Boyden whose 1950’s themed wedding was voted Wedding of The Year 2009 by the readers out of all the many entries in the 2009 competition in Your Berks & Bucks Wedding magazine.

I was very proud to be chosen as their wedding photographer and they were a lovely couple to work with and were so much fun on the day!

Jess and Rich were married on 4th April 2009 at St Lawrence Church in Waltham St Lawrence and held their reception at Monkey Island Hotel.

Jessica wore a 50’s style cappuchino fitted wedding dress by Maggie Sottero with her hair up Audrey Hepburn style (think Breakfast at Tiffany’s!) and all the guests were transported in a original 1950’s vintage bus provided by Elegant Lady Wedding Cars.

It just goes to show that you can never predict the weather and it turned out that 4th April 2009 was one of the hottest days of the year with cloudless blue skies and yellow spring daffodils everywhere. You can read the full article on pages 44 & 45 in the current issue of Your Berks & Bucks wedding magazine which is available in many good newsagents in the Berks & Bucks areas but here are a couple of comments from the article:

Jess said on winning the competition:
“It’s unbelievable. We are really touched by everyone’s support. This competition journey started 9 months ago and the result has been worth the wait.”

Was it love at first sight?
“Rich and I first laid eyes on each other at Hillingdon Hospital whilst I was on police duty. I was drawn to this gorgeous man standing in the foyer and immediately thought he was a member of the public. My colleague told me his name was Richard and that he was also a police officer. It was through my colleague that we exchanged numbers and began to text each other. Our first date was about 3 weeks later on 4th May 2006. We met at Covent Garden for drinks. I was very nervous. We spent the week getting to know each other and enjoyed each others’ company. At the end of the evening we had our first kiss at Paddington Station and, as they say, the rest is history.”

How and why did you choose David Bostock as your photographer?
“We found David of The Bridal Photographer on the Internet. He was very friendly and put us at ease, so I knew straight away that I would not mind him being at my wedding. He’s funny and engaging, but knows exactly what works. We enjoyed our engagement photoshoot with David back in the field where we got engaged.”

I really love a happy ending and last time I spoke to Jess a few weeks ago she was in the last month or so of her pregnancy so I would expect they are now both proud parents of a beautiful baby, a perfect ending to a perfect story!
To view more of their photographs from the day CLICK HERE.

If you would like to put your own wedding forward visit and follow the Wedding of the Year link where you will find a short entry form or you can CLICK HERE to be taken there directly.

I would at this point also congratulate Lisa & Richard Hood who were one of the other finalists whose summer wedding I photographed at the beautiful Ardington House you can view the Blog post I did at the time by CLICKING HERE

To have one couple in the final was exciting enough but to have two couples in the final and then to have photographer the winners wedding was quite something!

I hope many of my 2010 couples will enter their wedding to the competition this year as the prize is a two night stay worth £2,000 at the gorgeous stately home Cliveden including dinner, breakfast and full use of all the facilities and complementary spa treatments.
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