The thing that stands out to me about the wedding of Melissa and Ben is not the fact that Melissa was an absolute vision in beauty, with her breathtaking Ronald Joyce gown, it wasn't the incredible Hyde Bank Farm, decked out in fairy lights with the perfect intimate vibe, it wasn't even the fact that Melissa and Ben had organised the day down to the last second, so well that we spent a lot of the day running early making my job an absolute breeze. It was the love. The overwhelming all encompassing love. It was Melissa's parent's tears as they opened the gifts she had spend tireless hours hand crafting for them, it was the look on Melissa's face as she saw Ben waiting for her at the end of the aisle, it was her dad quoting Toy Story 2 and leaving the whole room with not a single dry eye, it was Ben's speech that left me in tears as he told their love story and how he had waited patiently for the girl of his dreams, it was seeing two people so completely in love that they danced the night away as though nobody else was in the room. My job as a photographer doesn't just allow me to capture time, it allows me to be truly present, and I honestly fall in love with these people, these moments, these stories. I felt honoured to be a part of this special couples day, it felt like a unity that would truly bring extra light to the world, and I am so thankful to have been a small part of that.
For those of you wondering - the Toy Story quote was this: 'Prospector: How long will it last, Woody? Do you really think Andy is going to take you to college, or on his honeymoon? Andy is growing up, and there is nothing you can do about it. Woody: You're right, Prospector. I can't stop Andy from growing up... but I wouldn't miss it for the world.' I didn't know I could be touched so deeply by a quote from toy story, but as it turns out, I could. As he finished his speech with the words 'I can't stop Melissa from growing up, but I wouldn't miss it for the world' I thought to myself, I wouldn't miss this moment or this opportunity for the world either. Thank you, Ben and Melissa, for allowing me to not only capture your day, but for giving me so much love to bottle up and take home with me.