Mark and Gina had a wedding day full of fun and surprises. Gina had given Mark the job of organising their wedding...all she knew was her wedding dress, her photographers (that would be us) and her colour scheme.
There was never any doubt as to her colour scheme, red is her favourite colour and would have to play a major part in her wedding.
...and what a part it played, it was vivid and vibrant, stunning and stylish...just like, in fact, the rest of their wedding.
The first surprise for Gina was her venue...Fort Nelson, Museum of the Royal Armouries.
Shoes, it turns out, was a big part of the styling for the day, for both the youngsters...
...and the grownups.
There were so many running jokes throughout the day but one of the most notable was involving a teddy bear so it seemed a given to have a ring shot with said bear.
Their ceremony at Fort Nelson, was just like the rest of the day, full of fun...
After their ceremony, they both took it in turns to fire one of the guns at the museum...
...which went down well with the crowd and Gina alike.
Then there was just time for a few bride and groom portraits around the fort...
...and amongst some of the guns
...and then it was time to move on to their next venue, yet another secret that Gina had no idea about.
Mark had organised their reception to be at the Concorde Club in Eastleigh, home of British jazz.
It was wonderfully stylish. Mark had used Gina's chosen colour of red to stunning effect.
It didn't just look good, with the red and black, it felt good with a fabulously vintage feel.
Mark had got a gramophone...
...complete with a red (of course) vinyl record with a "Gina & Mark" label.
He had an old typewriter and the copy sticking out of it was the Guests' Seating Plan.
Their cake looked wonderfully vintage...
...and of course their band was vintage.
After the meal they had a children's entertainer who had the youngsters mesmerised. He didn't just do balloon dogs...he did bazookas and jet packs!
Then, after a quick change, he did the most amazing things with fire...
...including fire breathing!!!!
Then inside for the chocolate fountain...
...and then their First Dance as man and wife...and this of course was fun and stylish...and jazz!
...they thrilled their guests to an amazing dance routine...to the all time jazz favourite...
..."I'm the King of the Jungle"
...which was well received by the "judges".
This was an amazing wedding, meticulously planned and full to the brim with style...but more than all of that...this was a wedding overflowing with fun and affection.
Well played Mark...well played. We wish you both a long, fun and affectionate marriage.
by Steve Dunster
14 August 2014