There's something about a fruit filled glass of Pimm's during the Summer, which excites a sort of nostalgia and utter Englishness. The wedding of Richard and Emily was your matrimonial equivalent to a Pimm's- with a dash of Tanqueray, lashings of sweet fruit and a big sprig of fresh mint; seriously sweet, but fresh and chic.
I met the grooms-party at the reception venue, which also happened to be a super exclusive golf club in a stunning setting; immaculate rolling greens fell away from the venue building. In order to keep the nerves at bay we started with a giggle at the pool tables, and a stroll along the green; each member of them in a sharp three piece suit in grey, pocket watches and embroidered linings. It was quintessentially gentlemanly, with plenty of banter.
The bridal party rivalled them for tradition though, with all the girls and youngsters at the family home, busying around the bride who sat calmly and happily in make up. The bedroom where Emily was dressing emptied out once her mother had helped her into her dress. The atmosphere and the setting felt so chic; the Coco Chanel perfume sitting on the antique dresser, her dress cascading out behind her as she sat quietly, fastening her Tiffany necklace.
With their style in mind, it's no surprise that they married in a gorgeous little country church. The fact that their Wedding Breakfast was an English High Tea furthered the patriotic nostalgia. The pretty sandwiches and cakes all sat circled on vintage cake stands, surrounded by perfectly set teacups, flowers, and smiling chatting faces. My favourite detail of the day was the stunning vintage car, The Alvis, in which I photographed the couple's journey to the reception venue- an experience I'll never forget.
The moment I take away from this day though, is also my favourite set of photographs. Once the controlled madness of the group shots had subsided and everyone had gradually left the church, Richard and Emily took a deep breath. Instead of rushing them to the car, I just let them chat and talk. The sun suddenly broke through the trees behind them and it was magic. The privacy of the moment, and the fact that they felt entirely comfortable with me, created some of the most classically romantic couple shots I've ever taken.
She leant back into a 'hollywood kiss' style embrace, and they just smiled and kissed. Cinematic. Adorable. But totally real.
Romance can always be manufactured, set up, or created.. but the honesty of a couple's very unique romance is why I do what I do. Understanding how a couple work, what their chemistry is like, and letting them relax with me around, is the only way I know how to capture this. And it stills remains a total privilege.