The GORGEOUS Michelle and Steve tied the knot on 14th October 2016. Ching.
I loved pretty much everything about this wedding, the colour scheme, the barn venue but most of all I felt absolutely no pressure from the couple as it was such a relaxed wedding.
Everyone had a light lunch to kick off the day at the lovely Burnham Beeches Hotel and then it was off the The Tudor Barn (just down the road) for a simple cermemony and some top notch nosh.
Michelle's dress wasn't a typical bridal gown, which made a nice change. The detailing was divine and the girlie girl deep inside me LOVES a bit of layering and tulle and I LOVE SLEEVES.
Oh look and Steve is not stranger to the idea of wearing a dress either... bit small Steve. Don't panic readers he did (not) what all traditional grooms do and stuck with the lairy shirt option.
Unbeknown to best friend (and hair dresser) Jann, Michelle had decided to inform her on the morning of the wedding that she was to be her maid of honour (and walk her down the aisle). Jann of course responded as anyone given such an honour would, she swore at Michelle and reluctantly accepted her beautiful bouquet. Jann is brilliant and I believe every wedding should have one, just to keep it real and all that.
So, lairy shirts times three plus a couple of extra boys in suits and we have a grooms party shot. Tick.
I have heard the following read out at a few weddings this year and every time I find myself listening to every word. It is just the perfect summary of what love is and is written so beautifully. I feel the need to share.
Extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being in love, which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and, when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Louis de Bernieres
It appears only nice people and good friends were on the guest list at this intimate affair which made the day as it should be, a warm celebration with plenty of laughter.
I was lucky enough to join a table of guests for dinner and met some wonderful people whilst I was at it. This whole wedding photography malarky IS a tough job, long hours bla bla bla BUT when you get to spend your time with such lovely and interesting people it truly makes it a dream job.
Congratulations to you Mr and Mrs Perry. May you have a long and very happy life together. Thank you for a beautiful day (and a lovely dinner).