One of the things I love about my job is the variety. People often ask “but don’t you ever get sick of weddings?” and the answer is always, ‘never!’ this is partly because I’ve always been a bit wedding obsessed, from when I’d buy magazines to swoon at the contents even before my own engagement (awkward confession!) but also it’s simply because no two weddings are the same. I’ve been lucky enough to shoot huge, grand affairs with two hundred guests in stately homes to elopements with just ten guests in New York City. As the previously mentioned magazine confession shows, I love all the details: the flowers, the favours etc. etc. but some of my favourite weddings have been the low key laid back weddings, where the love takes centre stage. This wedding certainly falls into the latter category.
I mean, sometimes the wedding can get the better of us. It’s easy to get swept up in the magazines, the blogs and the hype, and trying to do something different and unique. It can be hard to draw the line with what’s essential and what’s not, as well as drawing the line with the painstaking the guest list. Plus ones, or no plus ones? The cousins you never see? I myself had just thirty guests at my wedding, and it was the best thing I ever did. To be fair circumstances forced my hand and of course there are people we would have loved to have been there, but we did celebrate with them down the line. Having such an intimate day took off the pressure for everyone, especially those making speeches! It made it relaxed and well, just so enjoyable! None of that, ‘oh I must speak to so and so’ and feeling torn between the obligations of hosting and just wanting to hang out with your core crew.
Gemma & Scott took the same tack, with an intimate guest list and a wedding at their favourite pub – The Anchor Inn at Lower Froyle in Hampshire. Good food, and good friends, you can’t really go wrong! It was a beautiful Monday in May, the blossom was in full bloom, it was just perfect. I absolutely loved every minute of it. These two are just one of the cutest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I mean just scroll down – look at their faces, you’ll see what I mean. The gentle love and affection they have for each other is just so lovely. I couldn’t help but be touched by it and I think we’ve really managed to capture it in the images. It just goes to show, you don’t need the grandest back drop, or all the trimmings. You just need a little love.