Jacob’s father is a theoretical astrophysicist, and the words he said during their September garden ceremony were amongst the best I have ever heard uttered on Planet Earth.
“I have spent 50 years trying to understand how stars and planets form, and part of this has been understanding how binary star systems form and evolve. Binary star systems are subject to repeated perturbations – it is rough out there in the cosmos – but they are more stable and live more or less forever if the two stars are in a close and nearly circular orbit, always aware of and reacting to one another. Also if neither star is dominant, so there is equivalence in their relationship. Such binary stars are literally ‘marriages made in heaven’.
I’m just going to leave that right there, anything else that needs saying is all in Alice’s smile x
I don’t usually struggle to write these, but this wedding is a little different.
Take all the emotions I usually feel stood up front watching a wedding unfold, and turn the volume up to something in the region of a Foo concert.
You see, the groom Zac is not just an incredible friend to me he is also the man who took a chance on me a few years ago - letting me shoot alongside him as I took my first steps into the wedding photography world. Hands down one of the best things anyone has ever done for me. Thank you Zac. When I first met Rach I knew something big was brewing, they were easy-like-Sunday morning together and every time he looked at her his mouth turned up in a smile. Rach, it’s easy to see why he fell, you are one-of-a-kind and being a part of your day was such an honour for me.
Every night I'll kiss you you'll say in my ear
Oh we're in love aren't we?
Hands in your hair, fingers and thumbs baby
I feel safe when you're holding me near
Love the way that you conquer your fear
You know hearts don't break around here…
- Ed Sheeran
I’ve just put a song in your head, and I’m not even sorry. Want to know why? Because for the rest of my days this song will remind me of the type of love I got to witness the day Hannah and Jack got married. They’ve been hand in hand for a decade, not loosening their grip once but tightening it through every season. Man oh man, and when Jack sung into Hannah’s ear for the first dance… let’s just say I grateful to the velvety dark corner I was shooting from - composure is overrated, right?!
Thanks for lighting the way you guys xx
When you get married on your ten-year-iversary, you know you’ve signed up for an extra side order of emotion on one of the most intoxicating days of your life. The beautiful Olivia had tissues to her eyes from the moment I arrived - and no wonder - her and Simon have found that rare and beautiful unicorn called true love. The blend of Olivia’s elegant grace and Simon’s steady energy is the most wonderful thing to be be around - and I could see everyone around them felt exactly the same way - just another day in paradise for me, thank you guys x
My mum has been begging me from mid Summer to share this wedding, she wants to see Flo and Jo for herself. Why can’t she cope? Here’s why.
When Flo rounded the corner and saw her man waiting for her at the top of the aisle she couldn’t contain her emotions, and she did something I’ll remember until I am a little old camera lady.
“Jo, WHAT ARE WE DOING!?” She yelled.
The room went wild, everywhere I pointed my camera people were laughing and crying. Jo never took his eyes off her, he just nodded and smiled while she kept walking with her dad.
Then Flo yelled “Jo, I’m SCARED.” Even those who had managed to hold back the river lost it right about here (including me). Because you know what? Marriage is big, its beautiful, but it takes so much courage to take that step - and all of the steps down the aisle.
Flo kept walking. Her man held her so, so tight when she got to him, and even through the lens I could see she wasn’t scared anymore.
Oh, Love, my favourite drug x
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.)