Every so often, people contact me to book me as their wedding photographer. (It doesn’t happen as often as you might think – I’m an, ah, acquired taste for many people it seems. That’s ok; not everyone wants a part time hula hooping, occasional cellist, long time Pokémon training, ace film photographer. It’s cool.) But with some of those enquiries, comes a couple who I literally, literally, desperately hope beyond hope that I could be their new BFF. These couples, like Sophie and Matt and their Peterborough farm wedding, are couples who are awesome and brilliant and amazing.
They met me at another wedding (again, another dream couple – Cate and Jan who married in Germany), and I’ve been told that they wanted to book me almost immediately. Even though they weren’t even engaged at the time. That made me grin like a freaking loon. The thing is, I ADORE being able to connect with my couples. I mean, I’m not really looking for new BFFs all the time (of course I am) and I definitely don’t expect couple to stick around via Facebook/email after the big day (yes I totally do – saying goodbye is the WORST). But when I do connect them, it makes for the easiest weddings ever, including the ones where I’m there for 12 hours and more.
Yes, 12 hours at some weddings. And more. (The current record is 16 hours at a wedding. I’d do it again, hands down.)
Sophie and Matt came to me with their excitement, wedding plans, the story of them, and everything they wanted from the day. “Relaxed and fun…nothing too “posed”…and there’s to be a piñata, outdoor games, and a Bucking Bronco because Matt loves Texas.” Like so many others, they’d fallen in love with the (somewhat iconic?!) rainbow in a wheat field photo, and were keen to see if it could be replicated. UMMMMM HELL YES, just show me where the nearest wheat field is hiding! (Turns out? 20 seconds walk from the ceremony. Oh. YES.) They were also incredibly pleased to be having a Peterborough farm wedding – the home of Matt’s parents – meaning they could continue some lovely family traditions.
The day itself was fricking amazing. I couldn’t get over the almost impossible love between the couple, how they were so amazing together in every way. Working with the Papertwin Weddings team again was, of course, goddamn brilliant (Oh Alex. We do love you.) Shooting on my beloved film cameras all day long was exhilarating as ever. Chatting with guests who treated ME like a guest, was an honour.
I’d do it all again, as always. Thank you, Sophie and Matt, for inviting me to one of the best days you’ll ever have. xx
PS Omfg you guys, A BUCKING BRONCO. Get. In. 😀
Peterborough Farm Wedding Photography – Sophie & Matt
Photography: …ok it seems a bit weird to credit myself here, y’know. It’s my blog, for crying out loud. But just in case… Jay Emme Photography
Videographers: Papertwin Weddings
Wedding dress: Pronovias
Wedding Planner: Chantal Kerr-Sheppard
Hair: Sophie Trinder
MUA: Holly Davies
Caterers: M And B Caterers
Bucking Bronco: King Bouncealot
Band/Ceremony Music: The Nameless Three
Film Photography Dev & Scan: Carmencita Film Lab
Decorations and Details: Awesome friends and family