Joanne and i went to school together some 15 years ago, at an age where we were quite different from the people we became. It was a delight to see her after so many years, to see that she had found an absolute gentleman with whom to spend her life and raise a family. David/Dave is a good guy, someone who comes across as genuine, caring and a good laugh - so, not a bad start at all!
We met to discuss their wedding and it was very apparent that they were looking for a relaxed wedding, a few days before Christmas where they wanted to enjoy some time with close family and friends. They booked the Cottonwood Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth, somewhere that offered them the space to entertain and host their wedding but also with rooms in which to stay the night.
It was the ideal place as it turned out.
Along with Jo and Dave, there were guests that i hadn't seen for many years, and who too had made a life for themselves that seemed to bring happiness. I often think about the people i went to school with - where they are, whether they're happy & contented, and whether they've achieved what the young version of themselves wanted to. It's a wonderful part of my job.
The morning saw the girls getting ready at the venue, the boys milling about and the children slowly coming up on a sugar high that could take them through to tea time. They were a real delight to be around - friendly, funny and full of the joys of... Christmas, actually.
There is something to be said for having a wedding near to Christmas. People are in the mood to wind down from work, they're excited by the prospect of a rotund man in a red outfit, breaking into their homes to distribute the gifts they bought for their children. Its a magical time. For Jo and Dave their guests were wonderful. Clearly, people think a great deal about them which is a credit to their character and the love they share.
Once the ceremony had been conducted and readings beautifully read, it was time to relax and enjoy the company of their guests. We took a few minutes to take some shots of the new Mr & Mrs, before letting the celebrations continue in ernest.
To watch it all, to hear the laughter, to see the children having a great time together is not only the trademark of a good wedding, but coincidentally it's the best parts of Christmas as a whole.
Speeches were read with conviction and heart, First dances were danced with love and the sugar finally hit melting point as the children threw themselves on the floor to the beats of the retro disco.
All in all, they did themselves justice. I'd like to thank Joanne & David for having me take their photos - it was an honour.
Best wishes for the future Mr & Mrs S!!!
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