Such a perfect day: Jessie and Ivan

Such a perfect day: Jessie and Ivan
At the wedding of Jessie and Ivan, young Henry was a key part of the celebration

Such a Perfect Day captures magical moments from real weddings. Here, Jessie and Ivan and their photographer share a classic shot from the couple’s wedding album and explain how it came about

Photo: Ben Bull

At the wedding of Ivan and Jessie, there was one important family member who couldn’t be left out – Henry the Labrador – and his presence made for the perfect shot.

Jessie and Ivan say: We wanted some photos with Henry because he’s part of our family, and on a practical level, he was still a very young dog – under a year old at the time. We didn’t want to leave him alone for too long, so incorporated that into our day. We had a late afternoon wedding and reception at the Varsity in Cambridge, with a dinner booked for that evening at a local restaurant. This meant we could leave our guests, who were well stocked with food and drink with taxis booked, while we escaped. So off we went with Ben our photographer to walk Henry. We were so lucky as it was a beautiful day with warm weather, all captured in this moment with us together.

Ben says: This is one of those rather magical shots where the light and the moment were just right. Ivan and Jessie wanted some time with their young Labrador on the day and it made an excellent informal photo opportunity. We headed off while the guests were finishing at the Varsity reception, took Henry for a walk and then I took a few shots when he’d had a run and calmed down a bit. He was an excellent subject, as you can see, although a few months later I did have to send a duplicate set of photos through to Jessie and Ivan because he’d stolen the original USB stick out of their computer and eaten it.

Photo by Ben Bull.