There are some people on this planet who have the gift of making you feel like you have known them for years, within minutes. Charlotte and Chris both have it. They’re warm, their smiles come easily and often and they both love each other so much it filled up every room they were in. I loved being with them on their wildly windy, wet and wonderful wedding day.
One of the highlights was Charlotte’s uncle’s sermon, here is just one gem from it:
“If we only for a moment allow ourselves to be swept up in what today is all about - in this huge celebration of love - if we open ourselves up to that for just a moment then we are open to the possibility of becoming better versions of ourselves. Even the best version of ourselves. Because that is what love does. It makes us better.”
Amen to that! xx
This day was the very definition of beachy boho botanical bliss. Katie and Laurence’ big day was on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Bantham and Bigbury Beach, wildflowers on wooden tables, dreamcatchers swaying gently in the sea breeze, a violet tulle skirt and an embroidered bodice, man oh man this day was styled to perfection. Relaxed, elegant and carefree. However, what took their day to the next level is something I like more than I even like a flower crown (and you know I love a flower crown) - an incredible crew. Some familiar faces for me (much hugging and high fiving) and some new ones - but down to the last person you guys were just plain incredible to be around, thank you so much. It’s not every day you get to witness a best man joke used for the very first time, see Jon Snow log roll, watch a man called Pickle make wine disappear, and meet a Father Mike who has a hot wife, and a talent for swear words, but none for languages.)
If you know me, you’ll know I generally do a good job of expressing myself, but when it comes to summing up this day no matter how hard I try I end up sounding like a five-year-old who's been hammering the sweetie table. So, brace yourself….
Jen and Jez got married in a garden there was a giant palm house made up of thousands of pieces of glass and then there were confetti canons and then we got to ride on a train and then we went to Sidmouth beach on a tractor and then we went into a big tent in a field and there was a giant inflatable bar and we had a big bonfire and massive fireworks and then everyone danced like they were crazy people and the drank a lot of tequila and wore ties on their head. And. Breathe.
Jen warned me about this dancefloor, she said it would be big, but I had no idea just HOW BIG. Dancefloor goals!
Lauren and Warwick have been in love since their teens, and watching them stand together surrounded by family and friends from all over the world was an extra large helping of soul food. Speaking of food - Warwick is South African like me - and there was a BILTONG BAR at this wedding, and Springbok Shooters and (wait for it) Boerewors. AND speaking of SOUL - big shout out to Jack, for making all our eyes shine with his piano version of '20 Good Reasons' in the church. Good thing I keep tissues in my bag!
Mercury over the 30 degree mark, a dress I wanted to take home and treasure a-la Smeagol-and-his-Precious, a sunset golder than gold, a best man's speech for the books - I had been looking forward to Fran and Matt's day for nearly two years and when it rolled around it knocked my expectations out the park...and I haven't even mentioned the way they look at each other yet. Some couples are meant to be - it's a natural law of some sort, like gravity. These two, with little Zach by their side, are an undeniable force of nature and getting to be their wedding photographer made me so, so happy.
You've got a friend in me
You've got troubles, and I've got 'em too
There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you
We stick together and we see it through
'Cause you've got a friend in me
You've Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story Version), Randy Newman
Their first dance song summed up what makes this the real deal. Emily and Chris are in love, but they are also best friends. The result was a day brimming with fun. From the moment Emily walked down the aisle (and Chris lit up like Christmas morning) to the (laughed-til-my-cheek-cramped) speeches, to the dancing and the jaegerbombs - this was one for the books.
Jo and Adam got married at the wonderful Highbullen Hotel in Devon. From start to finish these two radiated pure joy, and it spread like wildfire, everywhere we looked were smiles at full wattage (even the Corgi was grinning - check it out!). These are some of my favourite moments from their happiest of happy days.