I always seem to reminisce back to 2012 when Paul and Robert got married. This was my first wedding I photographed.
Back then I worked in a local coffee shop called Hemmingway's, in the town called Haslemere. Paul had recently moved to Haslemere from Brighton and started managing the evenings where Hemingway's would produce mouthwatering Tapas, fine wines and held many events such a comedy night, open mic and cocktail night. At the time I managed the days which would consist of a selection of yummy salads, paninis, smoothies and beautifully made coffees. Paul was such a sweet, fun and loving man to everyone who surrounded him. He truly radiated 'good vibes'.
At the time I was studying my first year in photography at Chichester College. I started to work double shifts to keep money afloat. Me and him would laugh the night away. One day he announced his happiness with Robert shortly after same sex marriage became legal and told everyone of his news. Paul and Robert were getting married and they asked me to be their photographer. My laughter slightly changed to a slightly nervous laugh that day.
After a little persuasion, he convinced me to do it. Don't get me wrong, its not that I didn't want to do it, its just the thought of someones photographs of their special day was going to be held in my hands (bare in mind it was only my first year of studying) the whole concept petrified me.
The day came and I went in their with my fathers Canon E0S 50D that he had handed down to me on my 18th birthday and just clicked away to make sure I captured every single little moment.
The ceremony was held at the stunning Cowdray Walled Gardens in Midhurst and the reception at the picturesque, English hidden pub, The Duke of Cumberland in Henley. I knew a fair amount of guests who were attending, including my own boss at that time, which meant I captured smiles, laughter and the romance. I was very happy with the outcome.
The wedding was incredible. The excitement was high from same sex marriage only recently being a possibility and this created such a care free and non traditional affair. It was more of a gathering of friends and family on a warm sunny day with lots of bubbles, warm sun and smells of a delicious BBQ floating through the air.
Once I had done my work, I then too joined in the evening and danced the rest of the night away with my own little romance.
Weddings truly bring so much love together and remind people that the most important thing is to be there and support the ones we love and care for. Whether this be in 'work' or friendship. I am glad I accepted it as a friend because now it has turned into work which I have so much passion and love for.
They say everything happens for a reason!