When I was asked by my dear friend Em if I would photograph her wedding, two things went through my mind:
1. Complete dread (what if I don't do a good enough job for such a special friend?)
2. Complete excitement - I would be by my best friend's side for her whole wedding sharing in her and new hubby Jack's happiness and telling their wedding story through my photographs.
Emma and I met in the early 1980s perfecting our dance moves at a Saturday morning dance class called Margaret Morris Movement. We were heading for a life on the stage . . .No, really I was the chubby one in costumes made by my Nana and Em was the graceful one flaunting her array of beautiful leotards from places like Disney World (which I was secretly a bit jealous of).
We became firm friends when we started secondary school together, and even though for most of the time now she lives on the other side of the world, when we see each other, it is like time has stood still - we pick up where we left off.
For as long as I can remember, Em has always had the travelling bug - and she's passed this onto Jack. So, after a year in South America and two years teaching in Beijing, Em, Jack and now, baby Daisy are moving to Singapore to start the next chapter of their lives.
As a result, the theme for their wedding was travel. From the luggage label place names to the massive airmail envelope welcoming the guests to their wedding venue - the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club. The tables were named after all the counties they had been to with a traditional alchholic drink or cocktail originating from that country. Even the table plan was crafted out of a vintage suitcase and airmail envelopes. The red, white and blue colour theme brought everything together reflecting a sense of Britishness with the village fete style wedding cake and bunting all over the venue.
An amazing wedding, and one that was so special to me as it was one of my oldest friends' wedding and I was a guest too!! Happy anniversary Em and Jack - I bet it was all the more special now you have baby Daisy to share it with you!