“How do you spell love? You don’t spell it, you feel it.” Winnie the Pooh
And if you’re lucky, everyone you know feels it too. I’m starting to get a real grasp on love, or rather the tell tale signs. It displays itself in many ways between two people, almost like a recipe which no-one else will ever know. Chemistry can’t be fabricated, giving itself away with huge smiles, long proud glances and behaving like a match.com advert. What I hadn’t realised is that love can travel round a room, lighting up others that see it’s flirty work first hand. This is what I observed all day long with Nic & Phil. Their love was something palpable, almost like a mist that got everyone love drunk. It truly was an honour to not just photograph their beautiful day, but to actually spend time with them and their loved ones. Me and Jim (my second shooting hubby) had such a blast from the moment we got there until the very end.
Nic first contacted me from Sydney having seen a picture of mine through Facebook. They’d been living in Oz for years but were coming back to Nic’s home in Sheffield to get married. They’d picked The Chimney House for their ceremony and The Mowbray for the reception, both of which are owned by the same mastermind who has styled them to perfection. I can’t recommend these venues enough for an intimate, industrial-themed wedding. Nic’s DIY touches were seen everywhere from beautifully scented candles (we love the Aussie Bush one), the personalised denim jackets for her girl gang, and a ‘best day ever’ bed sheet that was done the night before. LOVE HER!
The girls got ready at Nic’s mums house just outside of Sheffield, whilst the boys were holed up in the Leopold Hotel with Phil’s beautiful daughter. Usually there’s some nerves, and I can only speak for the girls (Jim was with the boys) but there was none - just giddy excitement. The ceremony was where the goose bumps really started to gather pace. Full of eye contact and connection, we saw two best mates get married and officially commit to one another, even though I suspected they’d silently made this vow to one another many years ago. It was a short walk to the Mowbray where a stunning meal awaited them with a mix of British & Aussie cultures. I’d never seen a ‘Master of Ceremonies’ kick off proceedings before but now I’m converted (and every wedding should have one). Aussie Cathryn took to the role like duck to water, bringing people together with banter and lovingly introducing the bridal party. When Nic & Phil were summoned, it was such an epic moment. The stars had arrived and we were swept away some more.
After the legendary speeches, the romantic jig, and cake/cheese chop, both nations raced to the dance floor and out did themselves. I’m still surprised by how bendy many of them were! This wedding was pure joy where bold, beautiful personalities kept attracting me and Jim like magnets. It was a reminder that if you’re going to turn up, bring your best, most authentic self because you’re in good company (and you’re going to wee yourself laughing!) You’re also going to look at Nic & Phil and know they just have it - that magical recipe some never perfect.
*Just want to shout out to Nic and Phil, their parents and rocking bridal party who elevated their day to another level. Nic’s mum puts on a hotel worthy brekkie spread, has ants in her pants but will always have a special place in my heart, as does Phil’s daughter who shone so bright. Thank you for choosing us.
Here’s their stunning day…