The definition of the word ‘elegance’? Kat. The definition of the word ‘class’? Kat and Henry together. Class and elegance, the theme for what was an incredible wedding. A story to tell. The last weekend of summer.
Kat and I met in 2011 when she was bridesmaid for the lovely Libbie and her marriage to Tim. Libbie returned the favour this time round, only this time her and Tim have become four with Matilda and a baby Henry in tow. So lovely to see you again, and a gorgeous growing family.
So we start at The Corinthia, just metres from The Thames, and the small problem of the make-up/hair not actually arriving. The first time I’ve seen this happen…step forward Caroline, Kat’s sister and bridesmaid (and thanks here for being such great fun all day long), to take care of make-up. A call to Kat’s usual stylist found a hairdresser who was able to be with us in time. James, you rocked, and saved the day. Disaster averted, calm descends, and smiles grow larger. Caroline’s daughter Olivia, who had me in stitches all day long was running the show. Flower-girl, possessor of the longest eyelashes I’ve seen, and the master of the one-liner already. Sample sentence ‘I can’t get my brain straight today, my head’s all curly’. Love it.
Kat’s dress, by Suzanne Neville, could not have been more perfect for her. The most perfect Arum Lilies completed the look. And so we left for St Bride’s in Fleet Street. A huge thank you here to the Reverend and Verger who gave me a quick tour and allowed me pretty much free reign to shoot. A quite stunning church. An exit in an E-Type. An arrival in Shoreditch for the reception at The Boundary. Rooftop speeches, champagne flowing, dry skies. All things came together for the perfect afternoon. A trip downstairs to the basement restaurant for the evening and dancing.
And in the midst of it all, Kat and her Henry. That word again, elegance. The recurring theme of the day.
Henry. A man who by his own admission doesn’t like being photographed but who ended up nailing it. A genuinely lovely man. Great company, bright and full of conversation. It was always going to be someone special to end up with Kat. He is.
And Kat. The utterly gorgeous, funny, generous and warm Kat. Suzanne Neville should use you to show real brides how good they can look in her dresses. Other brides should use you as an example of how to do it on the day. I loved you when we met in 2011, and I left London loving you even more.
Kat. Henry. Thank you both so much. For inviting me in. For showing me your love for one another. Just thank you.
This is your day…..