James and Tora exchange vows under an apple tree
I’ve known James for over 25 years, so it was a delight to be asked to be his and his fiancée’s wedding photographer. Both James and Tora grew up in Norwich in beautiful big houses and are close to their families so it made total sense when they decided to hold the ceremony and reception in Tora’s parents’ back garden. James and Tora share a passion for food and James worked as a chef for a number of years so food was key to their day. It often came up in our meetings, so I was really looking forward to it. James asked a friend to organise a Moroccan banquet, and boy was it a feast! Cooked in his back garden the aromas were amazing and so was the taste.
After a relaxed morning of pampering and yoga in her childhood bedroom, Tora was led by her father to meet James who was waiting under an apple tree. Mabel, the family dog, kept the rings safe in a little heart pouch tied around her neck whilst her two close friends led the service. In all the excitement Tora put James’s ring on the wrong hand! After a bit of wiggling James eventually managed to get the ring off and they placed it on the correct hand before the crowd raised a cheer and they walked down the aisle as Mr and Mrs Wortley.
After a glass of celebratory champagne I took them round the corner to Tora’s grandmother’s gorgeous English country garden for photos of them as a couple. It was a perfect spot that was both beautiful and had significance for Tora. There were lots of a particular type of yellow flower that lined the garden’s red brick walls, which framed James and Tora perfectly.
Their mouth-watering meal was followed by their first dance, a cheese ‘cake’ and drinks by a bonfire under a clear and starry night.
A great day.