Hello readers and welcome to the Gibbons wedding. I have decided on this occasion to begin their story, with their story... as told in the form of a tale by their good friends Abi, Chloe and Chenni. I hope you enjoy it as much as their guests did when the bridemaids read it out.
A unique start for a very unique couple... HIT PLAY
The Forest Troll and the
"Once upon a time, in a land named Egham, there lived a lowly peasant boy who had hair like a helmet. His name was Peterpher; he lived in a mud shack, in the middle of the forest of Kingswood, with only his Rubiks cube and his lego for company.
Little did he know what lay beyond that leafy horizon.
For just on the other side of Egham Hill, lay a red-brick chateau containing a fair maiden with rainbow hair; she lived in the highest room of the tallest tower. Her name was Princess Weener, of the land of Peterborough. This fair maiden had an eclectic wardrobe of tie-dye, sequined shoes and gypsy trousers. But it was fair to say, peasant Peterpher and Princess Weener belonged to two very different tribes...
Then, one fateful night, when the moon was high and bright in the sky like a ripe Camembert, their gazes locked across a busy room at church. They walked towards each other, breath held in their lungs, hearts beating fast, blood pounding in their ears. She went to speak to him, heart in her throat. This was the moment she had been waiting for. She uttered ‘hello’, and waited for a reply, but, alas, poor Peterpher was mute! However, this did not deter her, for he had other qualities that endeared him to her, yet, for what they are, the narrators are still not quite sure.
He wasn’t sure at first, but her persistence was boundless, as was her conversation, which more than made up for his lack thereof. He accepted her friendship with trepidation, not being sure what to make of this beautiful, mythical princess with colours in her hair and baggy trousers. However, she taught him great things, like how to expand his wardrobe beyond two hoodies.
Soon she started sharing a house with him, along with two other awesome ladies, one from the land of China, and the other of Noble Croydon.
As a family, they enjoyed many adventures, from roadtrips to Ikea in Princess Weener’s magnificent red steed – Satsuma the First – to watching Pokemon in onesies instead of meeting deadlines, to camping out in their own garden in a tent with the neighbour’s cat – Tats McGee.
In her heart, she still held out hope that, as he overcame his shyness, and crawled out of his mud shack shell, he would requite her love and get over her mismatched clothing and wacky personality. However, one sultry midsummer’s evening, while their friends slumbered peacefully in the back garden…next to them, they shared true love’s first kiss. This secret remained unshared, until the grand ball of Summer, when Princess Weener and peasant Peterpher finally decided to cross class boundaries and make it Facebook official.
From there on, their love blossomed, as a beautiful bluebell sprouts out of a muddy ditch along a country road. They enjoyed many candlelit dinners of smiley faces and chicken nuggets, chased down by a Sainsbury’s Basics chocolate mousse. Unfortunately, their culinary skills never progressed beyond this point; accidentally poisoning their housemates with the world’s spiciest curry and rice, dyed pink with food colouring.
'Many, many, many months later, under a tie-dyed sky, on a golden beach, next to sapphire waters, Princess Weener and peasant Peterpher lay watching the sunset. As Princess Weener was distracted by the beauty of the sky, peasant Peterpher quickly delved into the depths of his helmet hair to retrieve the One Ring. This ring he had bought with the last beans obtained from selling the family cow. There was no need for a beanstalk, or a golden goose, for he had already found his treasure. He went down on one knee: the world held its breath, the seagulls squawked overhead; his heart beat loudly in his chest...
He liked it, so he put a ring on it."
Written by Abi Ryan,Chenny, Chloe Webster
So the Forest Troll became a husband and the Rainbow Princess became a wife. Yipee!
I can honestly say that this wedding was the most joyful occasion. Every moment delivered pure joy to Pete and Athina and overflowed into their guests.
I happen to know that they are a pretty smiley couple anyway... Athina had requested prior to the wedding that I capture a shot of Pete crying, but as far as I know, he did not, he just had the biggest grin on his face.
Shout out to the Ushers
WHAT a team of Ushers they had! The Ushers had a lot of guests to usher on the day and they executed their roles seamlessly (as if they'd all done it before)... and the bridesmaids... well they also fulfilled their roles effortlessly- by rockin' the frocks and generally looking GORGEOUS.
Ufton Court is a stunning venue for a wedding and offers just about every kind of backdrop that any old brick wall loving photographer like me would appreciate. Oh and look what we found, as if by chance... an old brick wall. BINGO.
We didn't have a long time for a couple shoot but we managed to spend it in the grounds and in the spirit of forest trolls and tales of romance, we stumbled across this swing fit for a princess. Ahhhhh...
...and soon it was time to head back for a feast fit for a mexican King! I must comment here on just how AMAZING the food was and must also confess, I have thought about it a few times since.. (cue Homer Simpson internal voice... hmmmmm mexican food...).
The atmosphere in the barn was just so lovely. Everyone tucked in to their delicious food (including me) and the heart felt and unique speeches followed soon enough maintaining the smiles upon the faces of Mr and Mrs Gibbons (good work everyone).
As mentioned by Athina's Dad Richard, this couple have A LOT of friends, most of which made up the guest list it seemed which can only reflect how loved they both are by so many. It is so nice to witness a wedding that is enjoyed by all in attendance and almost as much as the couple themselves. This wedding was obviously as much about everyone leaving with a sense of blessing as it was about celebrating and uniting in marriage.
The party was well and truely started when the funk band kicked off, it took no time to fill the dance floor and for Mr and Mrs Gibbons to get down and get FUNKY with their guests.
I am so happy that my first big wedding of the year was this one, as much as I was there in a professional capacity, I also thoroughly enjoyed being part of it.
CONGRATULATIONS Mr and Mrs Gibbons, you are a wonderfully unique pair of individuals united in joy and blessing and surrounded by as much love as you could possibly hope for. Given the time frame for organising your wedding, you NAILED IT.