Welcome to the epic.
Welcome to Katie and James at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Although, now I think about it, epic doesn’t really do today justice. This was a very, very special day made entirely by the love of the two people there.
I know James through a mutual love of cycling. We originally met because he worked for Vulpine, a cycling clothing company founded by my friend Nick. Vulpine make sublime clothing, right out of the top drawer. They make no compromises and are driven by passion and creativity. James was their first designer and helped set the company on the track to success. He’s now at Burberry. So we can conclude he’s rather talented. Nick and James are very close friends, and today Nick performed the blessing. Entirely as expected Nick wrote and read from the heart. Tears were shed. Smiles were broad. It was perfect for the day, and perfect for Katie and James. It’s funny to think that when we met all those years ago we’d end up stood close to the Thames today.
The keen-eyed amongst you might well recognise James. If you do it’s probably from the front cover of The Observer. True to the form of a very stylish man he managed a world-class marriage proposal that had me choking on my breakfast the morning I opened that very newspaper. You can read the story of how Katie and James met (and it’s a proper, proper love story involving true love, yearning, distance, a lot of transatlantic air miles, and the return of Katie to England) here and the follow-up here (and of course we know she said yes!). I won’t repeat it all here but I urge you to click those links and see what it took to bring them together.
Today, then, was a party. Already legally married this day was about the gathering of friends in an East London warehouse, and it defined what a wedding should be. Rarely do I see a couple bursting at the seams like Katie and James. Bursting with emotion and love – for each other and for the people there with them.
I was honoured to be there. To spend the time seeing what they are together. To be able to show that through photography.
‘Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity’ ~ Henry Van Dyke
I’d like to think that Katie and James have eternity. For they truly love. This is their love story….