It’s been difficult to write the intro to this wedding. Every time I try to explain how utterly brilliant it was to be part of it all, I come up short. Matt is a terrific writer so would do a much better job than me at this bit! (if you like science fiction you should definitely check out his work!) So I’m just going to ramble briefly and tell you a handful of my favourite things from the day, and leave the rest to the photographs. That’s sort of the point, after all.
If I try to break it down I could say that the day held (among many other things): two ceremonies, some seriously good style choices, a tiny shiny bright blue car, a quick escape to the woods, trampolining for all ages, welly wanging, ice cream before dinner, amazing homemade details (including some of my most favourite placenames), fresh air in abundance, resident goats and alpacas, incredible speeches with a surprise filmed message from Matt’s grandparents, and a dancefloor crammed with deliriously happy people (look out for the bridal flashmob). All with a jackpot summer’s day of sunshine and a knock-out evening sky.
But I’m not sure that really conveys much more than a ounce of what was so wonderful about this day. This might sound silly, but as we stood in the field after dinner, watching the sky darken and glow, it felt a bit like we were all in a sort of magical hilltop paradise. So much of that is because of who Matt and Suze are, and how they tailor-made a day that focused on what was really important to them both, with friends and family coming together for one of the best reasons there is, for a day full of joy spent with those you love.
When Suze first emailed me to say that they were planning an informal, outdoorsy, bohemiam sort of day I had a feeling we would get along, but just how well we did and how much I enjoyed being their photographer is a real gift, and I’m so grateful for it. Matt’s got a great eye for a shot himself, which makes it even more of an honour that they let me loose on their wedding. I loved spending time with these two, Suze is just an absolute gem and literally lit up every room/field/barn with her amazing smile and laugh and dancemoves. They bounce off each other in the most lovely way, are generous and funny and thoughtful, and I think they might like puns almost as much as I do. I really can’t thank them enough for inviting me in, for being effortlessly brilliant, and for trusting me so implicitly.
Thanks to everyone that I met on the day, it was such a pleasure! Big thanks too for the kindest compliments from the Mums, and for Carolyn at Lower Damgate Farm, for looking after us and for having such a great gang of goats.