Some words to describe today:
Hot. Amy. Hot. Rob. Hot. Surrey. Hot. Old friends. Hot. So Good. Hot.
It was, dear reader, bloody warm. Quite probably the hottest day I’ve ever shot a wedding on, and I think we saw 33c. It was also, dear reader, an absolute blast from start to finish. Yet another couple who I’d met at a previous wedding – in this case I met Amy and Rob when Rob was an usher at Kate and Matt’s wedding which took place about 1/2 a mile from where we were today (and who I then saw again at Heather and Pat’s). This year has had a theme of me shooting the weddings of previous couples, and it has been utterly joyous to see them again. Kate and Matt, and their wedding, will always have a special place in my heart. We’ve kept in touch via social media and it’s been a joy to see their family grow alongside their love and devotion to each other.
Truly we live in small worlds as echoes of the past thunder into the present.
We begin today with Amy’s prep at her parents’ house in Great Bookham with #teamPG bridesmaids present and correct (massive thanks to Becca, Jacqui and Kerry for everything). Just a few hundred yards down the road at St Nicholas’s were Rob and his chaps (and equally massive thanks to Graeme, Matt, Robert, Alex also). Fierce, strident sun. Shade sought by all. A thankfully cool church gave some solace. Some, but not for long. After an elegant ceremony we were back out into that sun and off to Newdigate and The Old Greens Barn. The catering excellence of Set the Date meant cold drinks were thrust into willing hands, with those same hands shortly to start looking for a phone signal to try and catch some of England vs Sweden….the match duly won and thoughts of it coming home alive for a few more days at least. Food eaten, drinks flowing, and outside for the speeches. Cue a lot of laughter and love. Perfect evening light, perfect first dance, perfect day.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record I yet again had *the* most chilled couple. Throw in that they’re ridiculously photogenic without even trying, have absolutely zero ego and are insanely good fun to be around and, once again, this really doesn’t feel like a job. These are the people I am lucky enough to photograph. People like Amy and Rob. People who matter. People who have their dog along to their wedding (for the record, this is A Good Thing. Bigly).
One hell of a day folks, and all down to you. Thank you both with all of my heart. This is your story…..
The Old Greens Barn wedding photography – Amy + Rob