And we’re back. The 2nd of 4 weekends on the bounce at the majestic Barn at Bury Court and this time with the rather fine Hannah and Mark. Prepare yourselves for an epic day, with an epic couple. This is the venue that just keeps on giving. Hannah and Mark made it all happen on another day of glorious autumn sun. Warm. Stunning colours. A scene set for what would turn out to be a really quite special day.
First things first. The barn looked stunning. I took a walk around (and said hello to the lovely Georgie and George from Jacaranda, thank you both as always) and I’ve never seen it looking better. Incredible job all and with most of this made themselves that was some effort. A special mention to Mark’s sister, Kate. A florist by profession and a superb job done here.
Upstairs to Hannah and her girls. Make-up and hair-tastic. A lot of smiles and a very calm bride-to-be. A slightly less calm Mark waiting down below. I always think it’s a tougher wait for the groom as they’re doing the meeting and greeting. Waiting over, and a beautiful ceremony with 150 people looking on. Applause, laughter, love. The right ingredients are there in front of me. I just need to photograph it.
Those ingredients. They vary from wedding to wedding but the core remains. Take away all the edges and the central theme persists. Two people together now, and committing to each other for life. It’s that simple really and this industry can lose sight of this a little bit. If I find this happening I bring myself back to this core theme. Take away the fluff and look at why we’re here.
Hannah and Mark were those two people today. Deeply loved by many, that much is obvious. No drama, no artifice, no faking. You can probably tell I liked them both a lot. They think about others before themselves. That, to me, suggests they’re in for a long life together. Shared adventures ahead, not least their love of skiing (and Val Thorens in particular).
Hannah. Full of caring and warmth. A vet by profession and, speaking to guests on the day, a very good one.
Mark. A terrific sense of humour. A man you’d want to have a pint, or 4, with.
Like I said right at the start, a really quite special day. We just won’t mention the rugby score that evening. Nope, never happened…..