The delightfully quaint, 'country-style' wedding of Titi & Jenny, lit up the sleepy town of Baldock this past weekend. The day came out victorious in glorious sunshine after a dramatic night of thunder and lightning. Bunting, burlap and barley sugar sweets were just some of the quintessentially English touches which made this truly local wedding, a cute breath of fresh air.
The street signs and town clock were not the only things that were completely local. Everything from the hog-roast to the flowers were sourced as locally as possible (including the photography.. this was my first ever wedding in my home town!). Even the part of the day which connected the ceremony to the wedding breakfast, was like a celebration of everything we all remembered about this town as kids- an en-mass walk down the length of the town's historic high street. The steady stream of sharp suited men and ladies strutting in heels was something of a spectacle, and sparked a little life through the vein of the town centre;
cars beeped their horns; on-lookers clapped and cheered; local barbers and shopkeepers leaned against their open doors, and watched with nods and smiles.
It occurred to me, that you cannot fabricate this truly local atmosphere. You can have retro styling, or go for a 'village-fete' theme, but you cannot synthesize the colour and life that surround your wedding, or in this case, the way the setting cradles the marriage close into it's lived reality.
And what better way to highlight all of this humble country character, than with a flash of pure glamour. The bride did this with effortless and understated perfection; with every step she took down that familiar High Street,
there was a flash of metallic leopard print from under the lace of her fishtail wedding gown.. Her Jimmy Choos cheekily sparkled in the warm sunshine.
It was like a shot of something super modern; a smile and wink to their own sharp styles, which they were bringing back home.
To photograph such a local wedding and celebration of love, seems as good a time as any to dig up this old saying.:
"...Home is where the heart is..."