A few months back we decided to give Otto a little sibling. We have, each time managed to get pregnant very quickly and we know how fortunate we are by this. Upon seeing baby’s little heart beating beautifully, we could not wait to see Otto as a big brother and have another potentially mischievous, sweet and vivacious little member of our team. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately at our latest scan, our little baby no longer had a heartbeat. No ones fault yet absolutely heartbreaking. Anyone who are parents or are trying for a baby will know that as soon as you make that decision to become a parent, you desperately want and love that baby. You’re all in! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We had just over a week before finding out our baby had died before having surgery to remove it. Where only a week before my body had felt like a centre of life, it had now became a tomb. With this pregnancy, we told quite a few of our nearest and dearest early on. There seems to be a stigma about this but I honestly have to say these last couple of weeks have made us realise that was the best thing we could ever have done. The people we told were as joyous in ours celebrations as us and have held us up through recent events. Our hearts have been truly warmed by how they have rallied around us, offering and helping with Otto, sending flowers, kind words and hugs. I’d recommend people tell those close to you early on if you are pregnant because god forbid something does go wrong as it did with us, these are the very people that will help you through your journey of grief. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unlike our experience with Otto we didn’t leave hospital with a healthy baby but we did leave hospital with a memory box, kindly donated by @4louis.charity, a charity that creates boxes of remembrance. In it we had a candle, 2 cuddly bears one of which we will put in our baby’s coffin prior to cremation, the other to keep, [cont'd in comments]
Wedding bands are visible, tangible symbols of a couple’s commitment and of their emotional and spiritual connection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Many people remark that rings form a perfect circle, having no beginning and no end. But we all know that these rings do have a beginning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rock is extracted from the earth. Metals are liquefied in a furnace at a thousand degrees. The hot metal is forged, cooled, and polished… Something beautiful is therefore made from raw elements. And so… Love is formed in the same way. It emanates from humble beginnings, made by imperfect beings. It is the process of creating something beautiful, where once nothing existed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let these rings serve as a reminder of the feelings you have in your hearts at this very moment. There are times in life that we tend to focus on the things we have not yet accomplished, there will also be times of great loss. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yet as you behold your wedding band, remember the immense gift that you have been offered and all the beauty you have discovered by loving one another. Remember that you have someone precious to share this wonderful life with… and that never again, will you walk alone. #xtreadings #rings #marriagequotes #pinkroses
Cotton - Happy 2nd wedding anniversary to my kind and loving husband. Time feels like it has sped by since we exchanged our personal vows nears the shores of Lago di Garda, so much has happened since then, Otto being the biggest change, challenge and joy. Our wedding was absolutely beautiful but our marriage is even more so and I know you will agree it’s truly got even better with time. Here are to many more! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love you loads xxx
At the heart of the wedding industry is love. Our love for love. 💖 I couldn’t make yesterday’s Pride parade in London as I’m on a branding shoot but seeing all the photos made me sooo incredibly proud of my family, friends and my couples who have been brave enough to come out and live their true selves. 🦋 In a world that sometimes can be close minded and negative, to have watched you all persevere to live fully and to love fully has truly been one of the most heartwarming things to watch in my life. These have been some of my favourite journeys to have been a part of. 🗺 The world needs more love and I’m so happy that we can all come together and celebrate that love loudly! 🔊 🎉 Xxx ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #loveislove #pride
My 20’s were full of tears. Tears of pure joy, of overwhelming love but also had many moments of sorrow, frustration, grief. I learnt that to be happy and to be content are two different things. I spent the first half of my twenties in such sadness peppered with ‘happy’ but it was the second half that was full of contentment. Contentment comes from deep down in your heart. It radiates from within. Happiness to me has come to mean momentary. Circumstantial. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first half of my 20’s bore witness to some abusive relationships and the second half of the deepest purest love found with my husband and son. The last decade has truly been a journey of the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m not someone who looks back in regret rather who looks on life’s decisions with a “it’ll make you a wise old person” mentality but if I did have to go back and give myself advice, I’d say to that young girl, lost and full of tears “trust your instincts, be strong and don’t worry if you can’t see the finish line, because you won’t just survive, you will thrive!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Spent the last day of my 20’s feeling proud of my journey and achievements and of not letting life’s trials take away the kindness in my heart. I’m so thankful to my loving husband, beautiful son, and giving family for loving me and letting me love them back in return. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And to all the couples who have chosen me to capture their special day over the last six years (as well as all the suppliers who have recommended me to your couples) you have allowed me to do what I absolutely adore. I will never be able to describe how totally humbling and how much of an honour it is, to join you on your journey together as you enter married life! Here is to the next decade of so much more love and dreams coming true! 🥂 #birthdaygirl #30 #twenties #goodbye
I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… - I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds 🐦 and flowers 💐 and dragonflies and pine trees 🌲 and in clouds ⛅️ and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight.” - The Amber Spy Glass- Philip Pullman - This was read at last weekends wedding and it took me straight back to our own wedding. I never tire of hearing these beautiful words mixed with one of my fave pics I ever shot! 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #xtfavereadings #florence
Your wedding day is a day you will never forget and yet so many moments slip you by, the day is over in the blink of an eye. So many small moments, easily overlooked, locked quietly away amidst a busy day such as the warmth you will get as you see your family laughing with his friends, your maids and groomsmen bantering back and forth, families becoming one, everybody uniting in their love for you both. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the best bits of advice we were given by one of my oldest friends and something I stress heavily to all my brides now is this: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Find each other during the cocktail hour or the reception, physically stand back from the crowd and just take it all in for a few moments. Slow down time and appreciate it all for a few quiet moments together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is truly one of the happiest, heartwarming memories from our own wedding day.
When I was a little girl, I’d be sent to bed super early the night before the first day of the new school year. I think my mum knew I struggled to sleep on nights like those. I’d lie in bed till the early hours of the morning tossing and turning whilst wondering what new girls we’d have in our class, what our new teachers would be like... the list goes on. The night before my wedding was similar...though a muuuch later bedtime. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Make the night before your wedding a relaxed affair, catch up with your maids and laugh about old times, get an early night, invest in some new silky pieces for sleep (like these 👆🏼 personalised ones by @daisysheldonembroidery or I also love @pompadourg ‘s gorgeous sets). They also make beautiful getting ready shots and can be more comfortable and cooler than a pretty robe. 🕯🕯🕯 Light some candles (@neomorganics ‘Sleep’ are my fave for the wind down before bed), listen to relaxing music or meditation podcasts and just try and be! You have a lot of dancing to do the next day! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What helps you get to sleep? Do you think it’s even possible to get an early night on the eve of your wedding?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ooh I’m also partial to a bit of lavender or coconut pillow spray... what are your fave calming scents? My current fave is the Neom Scent to Sleep range (remember and turn your candles off before dozing off though!) Tap for credits #fuji400h #richardphotolab