Step forward Lauren and Ed, and a fabulous day in Hampshire as we just about cling onto Autumn and the stunning colours this year. A day that saw a couple fly from their home in Canada to be with the people who mean the most to them.
So let’s begin, at the Park House Hotel near Midhurst. I’ve been here a couple of times before and it’s always a lovely place to start. Lauren’s prep was in full swing with her bridesmaids Gaby, Tessa, Helen, Louise in attendance. Huge thanks to all for being masses of fun (and to Helen’s husband, Mark, for his help all day – best of luck for their imminent first baby and in Switzerland!). Working alongside me today was the brilliant Aaron from Reel Wedding films. It’s always a pleasure working together, and not least because I get some of his wife’s amazing fudge to eat.
A special thank you to my friend and amazing florist Linz from The White Horse Flower for doing yet another incredible job. Mind. Blown. The barn has never looked better than it did today….
We left in heavy rain, standard for November in England eh?, but it had gone by the time Lauren arrived at St Mary’s in Buriton for a gorgeous ceremony. Ed was ready and waiting with his Best Man, Nick, right beside him. Moments of anticipation and a real crackle in the air. The lifetime to come was about to be cememted. I love these parts of the day.
The rain had returned by the end of the ceremony so it was a fast departure to the always-lovely Tithe Barn and some stunning late afternoon light as the clouds lifted. Serendipity? I like to think so. Superb food and drink from Tourelle Cuisine kept the guests smiling. Smiles matched only by Lauren and Ed. It’s a cliche but they literally didn’t stop all day long. The speeches told us about their life together so far, from their first meeting, and that can only keep getting better for them both. They are widely loved – that much was so, so obvious, and so very easy to understand.
In amongst the mayhem of a wedding day I always like to stop and watch the couple when they’re taking time for each other. To see the tenderness, the quiet touches, the small glances that say it all. Lauren and Ed are gregarious, warm and generous. But beyond that they’re utterly of one. There’s a quote that says “True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen”. I am lucky enough to see it more than most, and I saw it today.
Lauren and Ed, thank you for everything. You rock, and this is your story…..