Sometimes, there are moments where setting, style and story all blend effortlessly. For this to not be forced, but to be a significant and genuine reflection of a couple, is rarer still. Robert and Hannah's wedding, tucked away in the deep countryside of Kent, did just this. And to cinematic effect. (More photos after text)
In the era of Pinterest, which is fast becoming the supermarket of bridal ideas; aisle after aisle of photographs, flowers, dresses, wedding favours from which to pick and pluck ones wedding day elements.. it is hard to now spot moments at a wedding, which you haven't already seen on there. But on this occasion, there were countless points at which I found myself lifting my camera to my eye, without my eye moving from what it had spotted, and shooting it; the feather on Robert's hat; the sari-border ribbon which trailed from Hannah's bouquet;
the perfumed notes of rosemary and lavender which seemed to thread their way through the day;
the abundance of texture as well as colour, in a fur wrap, a suede shoe or a leather bow. It really was, to coin the phrase, a dream to photograph.
All this style was perfectly placed within its correct context. The family home was a charming quirky and characterful house; the church was a mural laden Norman church, literally hidden inside the heavily wooded North Downs; and the reception was held at a previously mediaeval monastery,
which seemed to lean back from the endless countryside which rolled away behind it.
Style and setting were nothing compared to the story though. The centre piece of this entire day, was the captivating chemistry which electrically sparked between Robert and Hannah. It was hard to point my camera anywhere else, for fear of missing yet another gaze, or kiss or giggle; and when I took them off for their low light shots, an actual tear was brought to my eye.
Never have a couple so comfortably and honestly embraced and just been together, in front of my lens.
I shall let the final set of photographs in the slideshow above, (and the panoramas below) speak for themselves.
It was a magic fairytale of a wedding, and a genuine and exciting story to record and now re-tell. Congratulations to Robert and Hannah... Enjoy.