My first wedding of 2012 was certainly one that I won’t forget in a hurry! Dan & Lucy’s big day was – to put it mildly -a big surprise! Having been horribly let down by a local supplier and their wedding plans cancelled as a result, the couple approached Channel 5′s Cowboy Traders with their story who then set about re-organising their whole wedding from scratch in just three weeks and I was more than happy to jump on board and take on the job of photographing their day.
I arrived at Lucy and Dan’s house on a cold and frosty but beautifully sunny morning in mid January to find the bridal preparations in full swing and then moved on to the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Great Chart to meet Dan (who roared up in a bright red Ferrari). The church soon started to fill with excited friends and family and I couldn’t resist popping down to to the back of the church to catch the choir pulling on their robes and warming up their voices for the service that was about to follow. When Lucy entered the church on the arm of one very proud father, she looked simply breathtaking.
After a beautiful ceremony, and with the sun streaming in through the church windows, we made our way back outside for photos and then on to Hever Castle for the reception. Neither the couple or their guests had a clue as to where they were heading and the surprise and genuine emotion that Lucy showed as she stepped out of the car and into the castle courtyard really brought home just how important this day was for a couple who had been through such a terrible time.
It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this wedding and just goes to show that there are a lot of us out there prepared to go that extra mile to help others out in difficult circumstances and to give Dan and Lucy the fairytale wedding that they had so looked forward to and thought might never happen.
As night fell and the temperature plummeted, I looked back through the doors as I was leaving to see the wedding party in full swing and genuine warmth and happiness filling every corner of that room. And as always it goes without saying that I wish Dan and Lucy all the very best for a long and happy married life together