To Surrey! Or more specifically, the rather lovely Rachel and Nick and a day that had it all. Including, after the downpours the weekend before, the actual sun. Will wonders never cease. It’s only the end of May after all.
So that’s the weather report out of the way. And I begin my day at Rachel’s folks’ lovely home in Worcester Park. Jonathan, her dad, is a fellow cyclist. This is A Good Thing. Rachel’s lovely Mum, Wendy, plied me with coffee the moment I walked in. This is also A Good Thing. Those who know me will know that good coffee and cycling are ways to my heart. Add to that immediate warmth and laughs from her bridesmaids, Sarah, Sarah and Laura, and we’re in for a cracker of a day. Thank you all. Brilliant job, and great fun.
From the house it’s a short hop down to Worcester Park Baptist Church and a genuinely lovely ceremony by the minister, Lucy. Nick and his chaps, waiting for Rachel who actually arrived bang on time. That may well be a first for a bride, anywhere in the world. Kudos for that then.
A drive through Richmond Park and onto the stunning Bingham hotel on Petersham Road. Backing onto the Thames I’ve never seen it looking better than today and it’s the very definition of ‘classy boutique hotel’. Also – reserved parking space. They do it every time I’m there and I love them for it. Thank you to all the staff there for another terrific job. Beautifully relaxed reception, wonderful food. Happy days indeed.
Rachel and Nick then. What a couple. I’ll forgive Nick for being a staunch Gloucester Rugby fan (I’m a Bath man myself, family connections being what they are), mainly because we just got on from the off. He’s wickedly bright, very funny and utterly, utterly bathed in love for Rachel.
Rachel. A stunning bride, and one who had the sense to visit the peerless Miss Bush in Ripley and then the further sense to select a frankly magnificent dress from Jesus Peiro. And man did she rock that dress. Elegance, grace and poise defined.
These are truly the most special of days. Friends and family around them, and a venue right out of the top drawer. But more importantly it had a couple who put love front and centre as they committed to a life together. Once again I was proud to be chosen to photograph such a day.
Rachel. Nick. This is your story….