Oh February you really did spoil us. Ending the opening month of my 2017 season are the quite wonderful Aubrey and Joe. Or rather, New Jersey meets Surrey……do your worst Trump, you won’t stop love like this. No-one can when you meet The One.
This was very special. Two people crossing oceans to be together. Families flown to meet and join. Friends from around the globe. All in Surrey and all for Aubrey and Joe. All for love.
So let’s begin. We start just over 2 years ago. A meeting in a New York bar. Transatlantic flights. A longing that wouldn’t ease. A distance that needed to be overcome. A distance that was overcome, and how. This day begins just outside Guildford. Aubrey’s parents, Helen and Van. Her bridesmaids, Amy and Morganne. A massive thank you to all for their warm welcome. It was obvious today was going to be exactly what a wedding should be.
Next over to St Michael’s at Betchworth, deep in the Surrey hills. Joe and his twin brother, Ben, waiting for the moments to come. Peter, Anthony and Brandon, the ushers, guiding friends and family as excitement crackled in the crisp February air. Aubrey’s arrival taking many breaths away. A couple made to be together. Distance means nothing. It melts away and the ocean becomes a pond to be crossed.
Another drive across Surrey, to the familiar and ever-splendid Gate Street Barn. A huge thank you to Lucy here for all her help over recent years at this, her last ever wedding at Gate Street before starting a new adventure in events. A huge thanks to Carole and her team at Tandem for great food and drink.
Such easy company, such joie de vivre, such a desire to be with each other. That’s Aubrey and Joe. A couple who needed no help falling into each other. A couple who are clearly deeply loved by many. A couple who gave me the very essence of who they are and who made the camera sing.
I really could not ask for more from any couple, and every moment of today sang with love, humour and emotion. Quite frankly I had an absolute ball with the people you see below. I have to pinch myself that this is an actual job sometimes.
“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Today I saw that. If you were there you would have. If you weren’t just look below. You’ll understand.