Would you look at the skies we had. Not a drop of rain. The bluest of blue. The moodiest clouds. A great day for a great day. I love shooting in the autumn.
A great couple, Kirsty and Lewis, at a great venue – The Barn at Bury Court, run by the most excellent Tessa and Izzy. Great caterers, Jacaranda, run by the marvellous Abbie. Sadly Abbie and Izzy are leaving (along with the lovely Tori at Jacaranda) and we’ll be working together just one last time in a week. As my daughter would say, sadface.
But happily I had the privilege of being here with Kirsty and Lewis.
I arrived with Kirsty and her bridesmaids’ hair and make-up in full swing with the lovely Natasha Wiggins. Some nerves, lots of smiles. A walk to the ceremony with Kirsty’s Grandad taking the first leg, handing over to her father for the walk down the aisle. Lewis waiting eagerly. A ceremony full of laughter, and not a few tears. An exit to the most gorgeous autumn afternoon, and we made the most of it in the beautiful grounds of Bury Court. A truly excellent meal, as ever, from the geniuses in the kitchen and a touching set of speeches. The afternoon sun gave way to the evening and as the sun left us the music began.
Kirsty and Lewis are devoted to one another. They’re actually a three, with their dog Pringle never far from their thoughts and now with them on their mini-moon in Devon. I think those nerves I mentioned earlier were simply an external sign of the depth of the love within. These weren’t nerves of worry. They were just showing how they felt. Kirsty couldn’t wait to get down the aisle. Lewis couldn’t wait to see her. I can’t say I’m surprised when you see how stunning she looked, with a smile that didn’t leave all day long.
They are, as the saying goes, made for each other. And here they showed their closest friends and family the strength of that commitment.
I was just there to photograph it, and to look on at the love before me.
Kirsty, Lewis. Thank you so much. This is your day.