I don’t really know where to start here. My mind is still processing it. I’ve started this post a few times. This time I finished it. And yet my mind is still processing it.
So here goes. An attempt to do the first of two incredible days with a very, very special group of people some sort of justice.
We’re in Tuscany, more specifically at Villa Mangiacane. Words don’t do this place justice. It needs images. It is a place of poetry and peace. A place where Roisin and Moubin would commit themselves to one another for life. They did so in some style as you’ll see below.
I flew in to Pisa the day before and had some time to meet up with Roisin and Moubin and to pick my jaw up from the floor when I laid actual eyes on the villa. With weather thankfully 10c cooler than the 38c of a week earlier we really got lucky. After what was months of planning here we all finally were. Day One was underway.
I could spend paragraphs talking about Roisin and Moubin. They’d easily fill them. I’ll speak more about them when I post up Day Two soon. In the meantime a few thoughts from behind the lens.
Without question two people who demand the best, and who found the very best in each other. Two people who have perhaps the brightest and most fiercely loyal friends that I’ve ever seen. Roisin and her girls, Niamh, Suzy, Rachael and Marya. Moubin and his boys, Sohrab, Rohit, Maurice, Clinton, and Misrab. You all absolutely rock. Your love for each other was something to witness and will stay with me for a long time to come. A compelling mix of warmth, tenderness, generosity and wit. Thank you all.
Some other thanks are needed. To my colleagues for the weekend. To the brilliant Louise and Natalie from Louise Perry Weddings. I love working with these two. They are the very best at what they do and this was not an easy wedding to plan and manage. They nailed it. To Ollie from Storybook Films. Our second time working together and there’s no videographer I’d rather have alongside me. Huge fun and very talented. To Cat and Jo for superb make-up and hair respectively, both of them right at the top of their fields. To Julia from Silverlode Celebrants for a beautifully written and delivered ceremony. Each and every one of this team was a delight to work and spend time with. We all worked hard, but no-one ever stopped smiling. Thank you all. You all shone hard.
Weddings, and days, like this, always take me on mental journeys. And on those journeys I recall fragments. Of books, of music, of poems. This day’s journey took me to Philip Larkin:
‘See, I am the whitest cloud that strays / Through a deep sky: / I am your senses’ crossroads, / Where the four seasons lie’
But I’ve strayed off the subject. Enough talking. It’s time to see….