When Kirsty and Leon approached me and told me they were looking for a photographer for their surprise wedding I was so excited to get involved. They are a fantastic couple who emigrated to America and were supposed to be having a leaving party which was actually their wedding ceremony. They chose a fantastic venue which was decorated beautifully. Unusually when I arrived the bride was nowhere to be seen and I had to be kept hidden until the big announcement. All the guests were drinking in the bar thinking they were going to have a leaving party dinner when an announcement called them through to an adjoining room which was set up for a ceremony with Leon waiting at the front for his bride. It was so lovely seeing everyone’s expressions as they realised that they were here to see their good friends get married. There was a wall of fairy lights which gave a lovely glow to the ceremony room. There was no natural light as the ceremony was in the evening so I had to use some flash to get the desired effect. It was a very unconventional wedding but lovely to photograph and a wonderful experience.