It’s cold. Very cold. I shouldn’t be surprised really since it’s always cold when Lauren and I get together. But after traipsing around the dew sprinkled grass in front of the gate that leads up to Iscoyd Park for only two minutes my toes are numb and I am ready to go in. A mere 8 minutes later I have made my way though most of the inside and it’s warm. In fact I am boiling now. And I feel a bit dizzy. I round the corner and walk into an empty ceremony room, waiting to be filled with guests and a registrar and two people about to say I do.
And that’s what it’s really all about. Not the cold. Or the sun that’s shining bright and warm. Or the fact that I am so unbelievably nervous I want to hide in a corner until it’s all over. You see, I get nervous before every wedding I photograph. And I get especially nervous when it is the wedding of someone who means as much to me as Lauren and Ste do. But panicking won’t help me and after a minute or two of deep slow breaths (and Marco demanding I put my gameface on) I am ready, ready to dive in head first. The rest of the day is such a whirlwind of emotions that I barely come up for air. I laugh and cry when everyone else around me laughs and cries and every now and then I pause for a second and take it all in. This is it. It’s the day these two are able to celebrate with the people they love and it is simply perfect.
There are flower crowns that transform the bridesmaids into woodland nymphs, there are dapper ushers drinking champagne with the groom in the morning, there is a range of stationary that makes you want to frame every single bit and hang it on your wall, words and hugs and gifts that elicit tears and other words and hugs and dances that make the room erupt in laughter. A cake so pretty it’s hard to believe it tastes as good as it looks (even though it does), light shining through trees as if it was a fresh summer morning and groups of friends gathering to talk and laugh everywhere.
And amongst all that a boy and a girl so in love you can feel it in the air, touch it with your fingertips and keep a little bit in your heart to warm you on a day even colder than this. It’s such an honour for Marco and me to be able to share this day with you and give you something back by capturing a little part of it. Thank you Lolly and Ste, for being the friends that you are.
Shot on Portra 400 and 800 and Ilford Delta 3200, developed and scanned by the FIND lab.