Autumn races towards winter at pace. Every year we see those last days of the golden, burnished trees. Every year a hope that the last few weddings will hang on to them. Today we got away with it. Victoria and Lewis had hoped for dry weather. We weren’t that lucky, but we did get breaks at the perfect moments when it really counted. More importantly I was working with a couple who didn’t care and just smashed it out of the park all day long.
So, we begin at the beginning. Today that’s Hursley, near Winchester, just a few miles south. Victoria’s parents’ home for her prep, and then a short drive up to the church (a massive thank you to William, the vicar, for being so accomodating). Huge thanks also to Kazz and Emma, sister and friend respectively, and bridesmaids for the day. Great fun and lots of help. Thank you both. Another wedding where the bride was wise enough to choose the wonderful Linz at White Horse Flower Company, and therefore another set of exquisite flowers. Top class work as always!
I’d met Victoria and Lewin person a couple of weeks ahead of the wedding and we clicked. Lewis and I share a fondness for good single-malt whisky, and there was the promise of a Whisky Bar back at the Tithe Barn where we were for the rest of the day. Rain once again dodged, food eaten and speeches given and said bar was open. They had me at ‘Lagavulin’ to be honest. That’s pretty much all it takes.
A wedding at this time of year often means rain. So you just have to roll with it. Some people will elect to stay indoors all day. Not Victoria and Lewis. Realising, quite rightly, that dresses can be cleaned so well that you’d never know they’d got mucky, we hit the outdoors. It was well worth it. Elegance meets strength with these two. I had to do very little as they melted into one another.
Thank you for trusting me and just going with it. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives. Thank you for the warmth you showed.
Victoria. Lewis. This is your story….