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.
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Louis de Bernieres
We stood in a beautiful shaded clearing surrounded by trees as we listened to those words. Bryony and Tom's day was the stuff dreams are made of. They celebrated their love on the gorgeous Cuckoo Down Farm (Bryony's family farm) surrounded by the people they cherish the most. Personal touches were everywhere and their biggest wish for the day was that everyone they care about enjoy themselves as much as they did - this (also) is what love is. x
These two wonderful humans were a tonic for the soul. They said their vows under blue skies as palm trees stood in witness nearby. The day was centred around family, friends and food that was - quite frankly - next level. I asked a few of their friends and family about their story through the day and the same three words came up again and again... 'meant to be'. I have to say, even after a day in their presence, that I couldn't agree more.