Wy February? After being a wedding photographer for nearly 14 years, I don’t get many February weddings. But Gill and Paul’s wedding at Aberdeen House was on 12 February 2023 for good reason. For one, it’s Paul’s birthday (belated birthday wishes, Paul) and two, they are both “hot bodies”, favouring cooler weather for suit and bridal gown wearing.

Which was fine by me. Gill and Paul’s wedding is the first in my diary this year. I haven’t been to Aberdeen House before but had done some investigations online to see the location and the ceremony room and I also turned up early to familiarise myself with Aberdeen House itself.

Paul and his dad (and best man) Terry were already there. I had a quick tour round and then started making some memories for this fabulous couple. I’ve known Gill for many years (she’s a fabulous cake maker and you can find her here: https://www.facebook.com/gillscakesandcupcakes). Gill also provided the amazing cake for Wendy and Andy’s wedding https://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk/wendy-andy-wedding-hadlow-manor/ and Wendy and Andy were also amongst the guests at Aberdeen House.

personalised ring box at wedding
groom and best man at Aberdeen House

Paul admits that he doesn’t really enjoy having his photo taken. But we managed it OK. And with his Paisley suit and amazing shoes, he cut a fine dash,.

groom in Paisley suit

Guests were starting to arrive and I took that time to get some family images. The ceremony room at Aberdeen House holds around 25 people. Gill and Paul were then continuing on to Paul’s parents’ home for the rest of their celebration. Despite my coverage being short, we captured some great memories.

bride at Aberdeen House

As Gill is an extremely creative person, I wasn’t surprised to hear that she had made her bouquet and bridesmaid Tillie’s too.

I had chatted with the registrars at Aberdeen House who recommended that I took my place at the front of the room. This gave me a great perspective on Gill and Paul’s ceremony. Although there was a slight glitch with the music, Gill entered with friend Catherine to a round of applause.

bride entering the ceremony room at Aberdeen House
bride and groom exchanging rings at Aberdeen House

Gill and Paul signed the register and then received a commemorative copy. I think Paul looks extremely pleased!

It was then time to come outside into the colder February day which was quite a relief. The room at Aberdeen House was very well heated. Gill and Paul didn’t really want too many photographs as neither of them are keen. However, Gill had sent me through a list of the ones which were important to them both and, with the help of Ryan, we whizzed through those efficiently. It was quite a damp and chilly day and the quicker the better!

The confetti shot was a cracker! I always recommend my couples not to breathe in.

confetti at Aberdeen House
Aberdeen House registry office wedding

Then off to their reception, conveyed in style by https://bigdaycars.biz/ in their Bentley S1.

Wedding couple leaving Aberdeen House in Big Day Cars Bentley S2

Thank you, Gill and Paul for having me along and being such a wonderful start to my wedding year. I wonder if I’ll see shoes like that again this year … Congratulations to you both and I wish you many, many years of laughter and love.

This was my first time at Aberdeen House and I’d like to go back there again in the future. If you are looking for a photographer, please get in touch by using my contact form: https://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk/contact/

Gill and Paul’s little black book:

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Make up artist: https://www.clarelakemakeupartist.co.uk/

Wedding transport: https://bigdaycars.biz/

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