From Australia to Surrey, and an absolute scorcher of a day both in terms of the weather and how the day unfolded. This was the perfect day for Rachel and Richard and their fabulous wedding at The Barn at Bury Court. They found me through their friends Kayleigh and Dave, an equally fantastic wedding I shot back in 2012 over in Sorrento. It was lovely to see them both again. So let’s talk about today, and what it meant.

First, all of the sun. All of it. This was the first outdoor ceremony I’d shot at Bury Court, despite working there many times. It’s a venue I love and it now goes right up to 11 with the addition of this superb outdoor option (with apologies for shoe-horning in a Spinal Tap reference). I think we hit 34c today so it’s funny to think that Rachel was worried about the weather in the days leading up. As the saying goes, ‘Phew, what a scorcher’, and then some.

Second, the people. Obviously that’s Rachel and Richard, but I’ll talk more about them later. Thanks must go to my colleagues on the day, Phern and her team at Jacaranda, and Suzanne and Ellie at Bury Court Barn. I know I say it every time, but they’re all first-class at what they do an a delight to work alongside. Thanks also must go to every guest at the wedding for being huge fun, and getting exactly what weddings are all about. Just brilliant from start to finish.

Third, the couple we were all there for. Rachel and Richard. They live in Australia now, so it was a wedding planned from afar. Despite that geographical distance it was perfectly executed and they deserve huge credit for that. More importantly they absolutely fit together. We actually met a few days earlier, and it was apparent then how much they mean to each other. That was just amplified today. Once again I was given a couple to photograph who just got it. They are building a wonderful home and life together over in Australia, but today they assembled those who mean the most in beautiful Hampshire countryside.

How do I describe them? Elegant, generous, giving, funny, gentle. And utterly, utterly in love. You only need to look at the photos below to see what I mean.

So, to two of the best people I’ve had the privilege of photographing, thank you so much. This is your story.

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