This post serves as both a thank you to the gorgeous couple, Ryan and Jessica, and as a congratulations on the birth of their first beautiful baby, Elizabeth. I wanted to send my love over to the wonderful family I met that day, by sharing some of my photos of their wedding here.
It's not unlike me to get emotional when shooting a wedding, and I've realised that the number I do does little to change this. But it's not often that I receive a testimonial that has me tearing up like this one did. Ryan and Jessica were (and are) quite simply the sweetest couple I've ever worked with; their wholehearted and genuine connection with everyone they shared their day with was touching.
They married at Latimer Place, in my home county of Hertfordshire. Every single little piece of this wedding was as sweet as they are; the pink and blue colour scheme; the fact that the bridal party arrived in the family farm tractor; the gorgeous vintage tea dress; the groom's electric blue socks; the hand collaged place cards; the home-made wedding cake that sat proudly amidst the dinner; the old fashioned fair rides that kids and adults alike all jumped on as the sun was going down.. and to be honest, even the height difference between these two (Ryan is much much taller than Jessica) made even their eye contact and embraces completely adorable.
Parts of the testimonial they sent me, serve as an encouraging and warming reminder when I find it all too easy to be self critical; when the true result of my hard work is sent after the day, and I rarely get to see or hear the immediate reaction, it's easy to wonder if you are getting it right.. but that it why these thanks you and testimonials are so so important to us photographers. They wrote to me..
"...Gemma clearly loves her work dearly, and it is this very real and genuine passion, coupled with a great emotional intelligence and understanding of her clients which translates into work of the very highest quality and standards..."
Thank you so much for these kind words guys. It means the world. And I am sending so many congrats on the birth of your beautiful little girl.. let me know when I can come and photograph the new family unit!