Bloody. Hell.

I can’t think of another way to start this. Sometimes you meet a couple to talk about their wedding photography, and when they leave you really, really hope they’ll book. When they do you know it’ll be an incredible day, and then it just goes further than you even hoped for. Today was one of those days. Today was Holly and Gary at the lovely Wasing Park, just a few miles from me. Today was ridiculous. Today had it all.

With the summer we’ve been having you just know that weather will feature. So we started dry, committed to an outdoor ceremony and literally made it with minutes to spare. Rain came and went, and then came, and went, and then came. Ah well, it’s England in the summer. We know what to expect now, and Holly and Gary just went with it. We got out in some dry spells, and they then proceeded to smash it out of the park. I mean come on, just look at them together. More about them in a bit….

Thanks are due. To all at Wasing Park, and to Nicky and her team at Galloping Gourmet as always. Wonderful food and service. To Holly’s bridesmaids – Alex, Emma, Hollie and Lauren – and Gary’s groomsmen – Nick, Sean, James, Ben and Craig. All brilliant fun and all helped the day run perfectly. To my colleague on video for the day, Olly. Great to work with and a real gent. To the guests for embracing what a wedding should be.

But mainly to the two people at the centre of this incredible day. Holly and Gary. You don’t need me to tell you that they’re sickeningly good-looking. That’s obvious. But unless you know them you do need me to tell you what special people they are. I could not have been made to feel more welcome. They are quite simply utterly made for one another. As a wedding photographer you become used to watching people closely, to see how they are together and to take that into the photography for them. Here I was then, observing a couple cast from the same mould. A couple who radiate a glow when they’re together, and who seek each other out when they’re not. That need to be close, to be a unit, to be one. I saw it on my sofa when we met, and I saw it a thousand times today.

What a job this is. I’m reminded of H.L Mencken’s quote when he looked back over a life in news reporting – “”…as I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun doing news reporting than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.” Change ‘news’ for ‘wedding photography’ and it’s the same for me. And that is entirely down to the people I spend days like this with.

People like Holly and Gary. People who love each other hard, and show it. This is their story……

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