Last year my friend Tina and her two sisters arranged a surprise ruby anniversary reception for their parents at the Bear Hotel in Hungerford. Tina asked if I could photograph this special celebration of 40 years of marriage. I really enjoyed documenting the day as I knew how very anxious Tina and her sisters where about how their surprise was going to be received by their parents. Luckily for them, Martin and Gaynor really enjoyed their special day and as you can see from the images below, they really had no idea about the surprise.
In the morning Tina took her mum to have her hair done. The other sisters stayed at the hotel decorating the room and welcomed the guests as they arrived. It was as lovely as a wedding with a harpist playing, a photographer hired tables with beautiful centre pieces, a bouquet for mum, a seating plan, gift table, champagne, cake and lots of absolutely gorgeous framed old black and white photographs from Martin and Gaynor’s original wedding day decorating the room.
The tables where named after all the places where Martin and Gaynor have lived over the years as they do not like to stay in one place for too long!
The girls all gave a moving and funny speech for their parents. Dad then did really well giving a great speech too, considering he had no time at all to plan it!
Below are some of my favourite images from the day. I have included lots of images of Martin and Gaynor’s expressions as they walked round the corner to find all their close family and friends waiting.
I must say, looking at these again makes me feel very guilty; on my parents’ ruby anniversary I only got them a card. I will make it up to them though!