Becky and Matt’s blue and pink wedding was certainly a day to remember, in fact I think it will rest etched in my memory as one of my top weddings. I remember meeting the happy couple almost a year before their wedding. They were over in France visiting their venue and we arranged to meet up to see if I was ‘their’ wedding photographer. As soon as I sat down and got over the initial introductions I just fell in love with them both. They were full of life, funny as anything and we just clicked instantly. They were describing their plans for their day and it just sounded like a fairytale and I was totally hooked and remember being truly touched when they asked me to be their photographer. It’s always a special feeling, that a couple loves your vision so much they choose you to immortalise their wedding day, I was honored and I had a blast.
Fast forward to a year later, a glorious September day, I arrived at their location a magnificent Chateau hidden in rural France and remember thinking to myself please let this day be as perfect as it should be. The preparations were in full swing, the florist was decorating the gazebo on the lawns, the hotel staff were laying the tables and the air was filled with happiness and an ease, funny to describe but it was just calm and this set the tone for the whole day. So far so good.
I knocked on the door of the bridal suite, which was the dress up location of Becky and her ‘girls’ I shouted Hiya and walked on in, the room was filled with music, perfume and champagne. Becky looked radiant, dressed in a floral bathrobe and tiara, I remember the look of surprise when she saw me because I was carrying a little something extra with me that I didn’t have the last time we had met, a 7 month baby bump. She came up gave me a hug we congratulated each other and the day began. I felt like one of the girls, it was like a giant slumber party, Robbie Williams, Beyoncé and maybe even the Spice Girls (but don’t hold me to that were blasting out of the speakers, the hairdresser was working her magic amongst hair pins, flowers and high, high heels. Becky was calm, relaxed and just took everything in her stride.
I blended into the background as much as I could and concentrated on capturing the details, the rings, the amazing blue and pink flowers the beautiful blue bridesmaid dresses and the shoes…..OH boy the shoes! Becky’s shoes had me dying, gold, glittery, Jimmy Choo’s, I had no idea how she was going to walk in them, they were skyscrapers of loveliness.
Her dress was a lace version of heaven and just so perfect for her.
While Becky was finishing getting ready, I hot footed it down a flight of stairs to the boy’s getting ready room…..I can honestly say there was more giddiness and ‘girly’ excitement in that room than the one I had just left. I think there must have been at least 5 or 6 men in that room and the place was a hive of activity and aftershave. Matt greeted me with a hug as well and introduced me to his ‘men’ all in various stages of undress. I was most impressed to see one of the best men in shirt tie, pink socks and boxers while ironing his trousers! I thought it would be fun to do a parody of the men getting ready, so I set up similar shots of the shoes, Matt doing his hair and the like that we had done for the girls. it was a scream and I honestly forgot that I wasn’t actually part of their immediate circle of friends.
By this time I had to get back to the Bride, the moment had arrived for her to make her way down the stairs and join her father, she looked breathtaking, as did her bridesmaids.
Now was the time to become Mr and Mrs and the ceremony was delightful, A truly romantic moment in an amazing location, full of emotion.
During the cocktails, the newly weds and I took a quiet moment to do their couples session. I always try and get this done a quickly as possible so that the bride and groom can get back to enjoying their day and their guests. We were walking down the lane and I remember having to say to Becky (who works for Nike) hey girl those are Choos on your feet not Nikes! She was walking that walk and owning those shoes, I could barely keep up.
Photographing the speeches for me was a challenge, Becky’s dad made me tear up, a truly adorable man who put me right at ease the moment we met, his stories of his daughter and her childhood and the memories he had of her and her now husband once again made me forget that I was not actually a guest. Matt’s speech about his wife, how they had met at University, the stories he had to tell we genuinely funny, I think I had the chance of being let into some inside jokes as well. And the best man, also named Matt, who was so nervous of giving his speech but you would never have guessed it, he handled it like a champ! The cake was a traditional French wedding cake, not easy to cut, but delicious! The evening was followed by dancing and an amazing candy bar that I was allowed to take a goody bag home from. Becky and Matt, Thank You so much for letting me be part of your day, it was a wonderful experience and one I shall never forget. xx