SAMANTHA AND OLA – AN INTIMATE 2020 WEDDING – VALENTINES MASION AND GARDENS – SHIANNE MERCER PHOTOGRAPHY.
WOW, who would have thought what was meant to be the busiest year would result in my first and currently only wedding on the year to take place in October. Which wasn’t even an original and postponed booking!
Samantha got recommended to me by another lovely photographer whilst looking for someone to document her very intimate wedding ceremony of less than 15 persons. Samantha and Ola were originally going to get married abroad when the world had other plans. In March a global pandemic struck resulting in the Wedding industry taking a huge hit. They decided together to have their legal ceremony under very tight restrictions at a beautiful Venue in Ilford, Valentines Masion.
After chatting with Samantha on the phone about their plans around 10 days before, I booked their wedding ceremony and the countdown was on. Unfortunately the weather also had other plans and didn’t give us the sunshine we all dream of but it didn’t change the magic of the day.
I arrived at Valentines Mansion with a 30 minute window the prepare for the ceremony. Guests began to arrive shortly after and then Ola and Samantha just minutes apart before the ceremony was due to take place. Samantha accompanied walked into the venue and waited in the foyer with their eldest Son whilst Ola went into the ceremony room with their youngest Son to greet guests and await he’s bride.
LIGHT AND BRIGHT
The Morning Room is situated on the ground floor of the Mansion with a dramatic bay window overlooking the lush historic gardens and Valentines Park as well as boasting an extravagant fireplace.
This room is the ideal choice for intimate wedding ceremonies of up to 40 people. Historically, the Morning Room would have been used by the family as a space for relaxation and reading, and even today, the space is relaxed and welcoming.
The ceremony took place in the Morning Room (as described above) which was absolutely breathtaking. The room was both traditional and modern with clear chairs and beautiful features such as the bay window and fire place. The desk table dressed with a beautiful flower arrangement by Daisy Florist in Wanstead who also created Samantha’s bouquet with creams and blues to match the attire of her groom.
The humour from the guests, which I had been previously prepared for, lifted everyones spirits ahead of the beautiful and emotion filled ceremony. There were tears, giggles and sheer happiness across everyones faces as Samantha and the eldest Son entered the room and walked the small aisle to Ola who was waiting by bay windows at the top of the room. A nervous and proud Son stood behind Samantha throughout most of the vows, with the other overlooking from the lap of he’s grandparents. They exchanged their vows and exchanged the most perfect rings from Webley London.
Samantha looks flawless in a beautiful Frock and Frill dress and Prada shoes. Her hair was done by Sandra Wood at Sandy Wood Hair Specialists in loose curls and make up by make up artist Francesca Daniella. She looked like a goddess, the perfect vision for an intimate ceremony! Ola matched the boys in light blue suits, Ola’s from Hawes and Curtis and their sons from Monsoon.
It was an honour to witness a marriage and room full of so much love and happiness despite what the year has given us. For that moment, nothing else mattered except the celebrations of two people coming together as one. With their closest family by their sides, sun beaming in from the window and pitter patters of raindrops. For me and for Samantha and Ola, it was a moment in history we will never forget!
Thank you for choosing me to document this absolutley beautiful ceremony for you and your family. Their made me giggle, cry and smile all morning (even if you couldn’t see!) I pray for pure joy, complete happiness and good health for you all. Today and always!
The most precious times and the most precious moments create the most precious memories.
They are absolutely stunning, despite the mad weather and family you captured our day beautifully. Thanks so much for making our day so special, I absolutely love the pictures! – Samantha and Ola