I had checked the weather forecast – as I always do in the lead-up to any wedding – several times before Natalie and Chris’s big day. I checked it one last time the night before, and then packed an extra couple of waterproof camera covers. It looked as though I’d need them.

But I needn’t have worried.

It may have rained pretty steadily throughout the morning, but the moment I got to the church, the skies cleared and the sun came out. If anything, at times the sun was a bit too bright, but I wasn’t going to complain. Rather that than being drenched.

“What a result with the weather,” I said to Natalie and Chris after they came out of the church, having tied the knot at All Saints in Streetly. Natalie simply smiled and looked down to the bracelet she was wearing, which used to belong to her late grandmother.

Childhood sweethearts, Natalie and Chris are a fantastic couple. And it was lovely to hear the Birmingham accent again. I’m originally from the Midlands and only recently moved back, having spent the past nine years in Peterborough, so I felt really at home in my surroundings.

The other thing I’ll remember this wedding for is the ‘selfie stick’ – something I’d never come across at any wedding I’d photographed before. As Natalie and Chris headed down the aisle at the end of the ceremony, one of their friends handed Chris his phone attached to a ‘selfie stick’ and he took a superb shot of the entire congregation.

Maybe I’ll invest in one of those for the next wedding I shoot!

(As ever, family and friends of Natalie and Chris can view the full set of images via the Couples’ Galleries page)

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