Penultimate wedding of 2016 klaxon. AMAZING COUPLE KLAXON.
My word. My. Word. Camilla and Dave, take a bow. You put on one hell of a day. You are one hell of a couple. This was one hell of a wedding. Planned in less than 6 months, and, from Camilla’s opening email to me, one that I knew would be a bit special. So it turned out to be….
So we begin in Godalming, at Camilla and Dave’s lovely house. Literally opposite the church. Handy that. Camilla and her girls readying themselves (and a huge thank you to Hayley, Emma, Caroline and Ali for being total fun all day long), with the excellent Sarah Stacey on make-up duties. Glances out of the windows and across the road to guests and the chaps arriving – and an equally big thank you to Dave’s groomsmen, Steve, Ed, Jim and Kevin, for being equally brilliant throughout (and for a cracking speech from Steve). The short walk across for Camilla, and to a superb service from Father Kieran.
This was pretty much perfect winter weather. Cold but sunny. Crisp. Clear. Low winter sun. Gorgeous light for a gorgeous day as we arrived at the ever-lovely Gate Street Barn for the rest of the day. A massive thank you to Cat and her team at the just bloody brilliant Kalm Kitchen. Amazing fun and drink provided by people you just want to work with. Camilla had even ordered some canapes for me to avoid outbreaks of hangry. How lovely is she?
It’s been a hell of a season this. But there’s been a theme. Couples who have booked me have been utterly wonderful to work with. Not one has done anything but trust me to do what I do and deliver what I do. Today was no exception, and then some. A bride who I’d had a couple of phone calls and email conversations with, yet who I knew would be the best to work with. Throw in a groom who is the same and I could not wish for another job for all the tea in China. These are people who stay with you, and days that linger long in the memory.
Camilla never stops smiling. She radiates happiness and joy, and she is utterly infectious. Dave simply drinks it in and is the milk to her sugar, the coffee to her cream. Together they’re hard to beat. Made for each other? Hell, yes. Born to meet and spend a life together? Hell, yes. The sort of people you’d be richer for knowing? Hell, yes.
I loved this wedding. I loved the easy of company and the need for a party. I loved the warmth from everyone there. I loved the coming together of people from around the country to celebrate what it means to be in love.
Did I love Camilla and Dave? Hell, yes…..