On March 6th 2010 I sat next to Adeline on a very comfortable couch in the lounge of a rather nice hotel in the lake district. We were both guests at a wedding and had just met hours earlier. Drinks in hand we both looked across the room where both our boyfriends stood at the bar.
“So, do you two plan to get married?” I asked her. “No, we haven’t really talked about it. But somehow I just know we’ll get married. You know?” she said rather matter-of-factly and a small smile formed on her face as she watched Andy.
Yes, I did know. Looking at the two of them that evening it was no surprise to me when Andy sent me an email nine months later. He had planned a weekend trip to Berlin to visit the Christmas markets and had asked Adeline to marry him whilst they were away. Andy is a fantastic interior and architectural photographer himself which made me especially happy and extraordinarily nervous at the same time that he would ask me to photograph their wedding.
Adeline and Andy live in Edinburgh but will get married in the Cotswolds next April. The plans they have for their wedding day make me wish it was already 2012 but luckily their enthusiasm towards all things wedding related also affected their engagement shoot. They came up with this fantastic idea of using bear heads to give it a more fun twist. And with the Cotswolds being such a touristy area our wildlife shoot was on. I love it when someone is this excited about a portrait shoot and what with them organising their props and locations all I had to do was show up on the day and try to hold my camera still enough through the laughter that made my face hurt by the end of the day. I wish I could at least take credit for the incredibly beautiful weather or the most delicious food we had in the evening when we “test-ate” at the pub they will be staying at for their wedding but no. All I can give you is these photos of two bears in the Cotswolds.
Two bears in love, that is.
Honestly, I can’t believe how giant these heads were or how well Adeline’s hair held up to the constant bear-on – bear-off or how warm the sun still was after the week prior was filed with fog. All I know is that these two are quite special people and I am more than excited to be there when they will get married. Thank you for the wonderful day, Adeline and Andy! See you in 2012.