Our first August wedding of 2017 is yet another to battle the classic English weather, and come out winning. It's all down to how you approach it, and Ed and Kate were letting nothing break the emotional and fun vibe of their day. The wedding was packed with gorgeous thoughtful details, and beautiful literary references. As a romantic myself, and a book lover too, I was in my element.
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In the morning I arrived at the venue, as always, keen and energised (which, by the way, is no mean feat in August!). Re-exploring the place with all Ed and Kate's touches was a delight.
From one doorway to another, there was yet another detail; a C S Lewis quote here, a Great Gatsby quote there.
Housing all these details, was the awesome venue of Easton Grange, with all it's old Dairy Farm charm; high ceilings and wooden beams; huge windows which framed the beautiful outside spaces and brought the lush greens of the land, right into the venue. Everywhere, Easton Grange made it's own references to it's past too, with gorgeous quirky artwork of the animals it once farmed and housed. I rarely take to a venue's choice of art, but this was brilliant; quirky, varied and really really cool.
There was something wicked about the venue and Ed and Kate's stories existing side by side, it really worked.
The take-your-breath-away space though, was the Wedding Breakfast room. The wooden beams were renovated, but clearly ancient. The white walls between there lines created a light and airy space, and the couple's table designs were simply and classy. The chandeliers which centred each table, even felt like a reference to a literary romance (but that might just be the Jane Eyre fan in me). Each table was named a chapter, with the head table entitled 'Happily Ever After'.
Every moment I discovered made me smile.
But, as always, I like to share my favourite memory of the day. Although all the couple photos were magic, and I was continually blown away by Kate's 'let's do this' attitude in the rain and damp... The stand out moment for me, was in the church.
The layout at All Saints Church (Easton) was very tight at the top of the aisle. Once you were up there, you couldn't get out without sneaking out the vestry door and running the length of the church outside.
At one point, I stepped back into the tiny vestry to check the door hadn't locked. When I looked back into the church from here,
the low stone arch over the door, framed the loveliest sight.
I was directly to the side of Ed and Kate sat side by side at the top of the aisle, heads bowed. They held hands across the big old wooden chairs;
their hands clasped so tightly at moments.
Forgive my overly-romantic indulgence here, but it felt like they were talking together in silence, inwardly embracing. I was beyond touched. And though the photo is probably the simplest, and not the most exciting, it tells a simple story.
I seek out these moments at each and every wedding. Every couple is different, and not every couple is the most affectionate or expressive, but these
quiet unspoken displays of affection are always there.
And I try to use them to thread together the story of the day. There is nothing more important to me. The quote, which sat behind their gorgeous wedding cake, hit the nail on the head for me...
"I love her, and that's the beginning and end of everything"
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
If you'd like to check out their pre-wedding shoot 'Into the Wind' then please click over and check it out. They were the absolute sweetest together at Dulwich Beach.
Huge congratulations to Ed and Kate, on a fantastic wedding. You didn't let the English weather dampen your wedding spirits, and as a result, never stopped smiling.