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.)
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.