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
The story of a leaf who isn’t ready to let go from the tree.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then, high up on an icy branch, a scarlet flash.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One more leaf holding tight.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “You’re here?” called the Little Yellow Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I am,” said the Little Scarlet Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Like me!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Neither spoke.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Finally… “Will you?” asked the Little Scarlett Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I will!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And one, two, three, they let go and soared.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger #XTfavereadings #weddingreading #weddingideas #marriagegoals #destinationweddingphotographer
I knew that the man I was marrying would make a fantastic husband. He was supportive, ambitious, family orientated and kind. A good egg. My island of tranquility. I suspected he would make a fantastic father but I never anticipated how much so. I'm so proud of him and overjoyed that Otto has such a fantastic role model as a daddy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Fathers day to all the FANTASTIC fathers out there, including my own father (slide to see how handsome he was as a young chief marine engineer) and very zen father in law.
6 years on and approx 400 speeches later, I feel quite confident to say I know what makes a good speech, or at least what has the guests laughing deep from the pits of their stomachs to shedding a tear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wanted to share a few tips whether you are a groom, father of the bride, best man or (all hail!) a bride doing a speech! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. The MOST important, guests should either leave thinking “that is sooo [bride/groom/couple names]”. If you can nail the essence of their character through anecdotes, you will unite the room. Stay true to their character. 2. Share the real (where appropriate) side of them. Guests LOVE finding out the naughty/devlish side of the bride or groom. 3. A wedding speech should not be a description of their CV, unless absolutely linked to the purpose of the story! Please please trust me on this one! Nothing will make your guests eyes glaze over than a month by month account of their roles and responsibilities! 4. Best men are guilty of googling jokes. Who’s heard of the honeymoon/Wales joke? I’ve heard it so many times now and quite likely with the amount of weddings that guests go to, they will have heard it too. Be original and remember punchlines aren’t needed to make a good speech. 5. Grooms (and brides!), people want to hear about your love for your spouse! Why you love them? What drives you nuts about them (but makes you love them deeply anyway!)? While it’s nice to pay homage to your family, In laws and friends the balance should tip favourably in the way of your love! 6. Speak from the heart. A wedding is the time to lock your stiff upper lip in the cupboard and declare your love! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And remember don’t be nervous. Everyone already wants to hear what you have to say. They are already on your side! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your pet peeves with speeches? What have you seen that’s worked really well or that’s burnt the reception to the floor? Are you a fan of brides speeches or like a more traditional approach?