2016. Done. Dusted. And ending with an absolute blinder with Karen + Ed at The Olde Bell. This, dear readers, was a party with a massive slice of love running right through the middle. We’d first met back in May at Jo and Jamie’s superb day at Bury Court Barn (and it was so lovely to see them again here today). That day was certainly warmer, and certainly brighter, but when you have people like this it really makes no difference. They absolutely rocked it from start to finish. This was probably the lowest-light wedding I’ve ever shot, and almost certainly one of the most fun.
So, wedding number 50 of the year, and a nice round number to end on. My busiest year so far, and one that’s had some incredible weddings across all four seasons. I’ll be putting up a review of my year soon, but for now, and just nipping in ahead of Christmas, the focus is on one very special couple – Karen and Ed. From the moment I walked in to greet Karen and her girls (a big thank you to Charli and Emma here, and massive kudos to Charli for the quite wonderful cake she’d made), I knew we were in for a cracker. Karen in the perfect dress, all the elements were there. The same went across the other side of the hotel with Ed and his chaps hard at it. A massive thanks to Andy, Dave and Rory here as well. You were all so brilliant, bridesmaids and groomsmen, and made my job very easy. Don’t think any of you stopped smiling either, just how it should be!
A quite sublime ceremony. Incredibly cosy and intimate. Massively emotional. Today we had it all. A race against the dying light and a few gaps in the rain. We didn’t need any more. Fantastic speeches, and a true honour to be at the centre of such a warm and welcoming group of people. You really couldn’t wish for a better wedding to close your season on.
Karen and Ed. Beautiful, funny, elegant, handsome. You make one hell of a couple. It was a genuine honour to be there with you. To say that you signed 2016 off in style is an understatement. This day had it all. You have it all.
Henry Miller once wrote “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love”. I think it’s safe to say he was wrong about you. You give each other enough, and more. All day I watched your eyes searching for each other. All day I saw that connection deepen and grow as you became husband and wife.
Thank you, just thank you. This is your winter story…..