I recently met up with the lovely Lisa & Paul to deliver their wedding package and catch up on the last couple of months and it's really made me eager to blog their story! Lisa & Paul became Mr & Mrs at the Norfolk Mead hotel this spring, and it was really the kind of wedding day that leaves your face aching from the natural smiles. They were happy to humour me on portrait ideas and weren't afraid to have a laugh and be themselves which is really all you need to keep a marriage strong. And as the sunset faded over the pond they danced the night away together… so without delay - here is their beautiful blog post! * Updated to include their beautiful reading…
“Now there's a beautiful river in the valley ahead
There 'neath the oak's bough soon we will be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I'll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me”
~ Bruce Springsteen
What the hell is love?
“An intense feeling of deep affection” that’s what the dictionary says,
but we all know love is much more than that, in many, many ways.
Defining love in a single phrase, just can’t be done,
for true love embraces every emotion under the sun.
One phrase can’t describe
the sweet taste of their goodnight kiss, as you close your eyes.
Or their tender touch, that sends your pulse racing to the skies.
It can’t capture
the faint lingering scent of them on your pillow
as you wake to a warm embracing cuddle.
Or that deep void in your stomach when you part
and the painful emptiness that it brings to your heart.
It can’t explain
the pure elation that you feel when you reunite once more
to their beaming smile and embracing hug, that warms you to your core.
How can it convey
their reassuring smile, when your eyes meet over a crowded room?
or their comforting squeeze of your hand, in your moments of dreadful gloom?
Their delight at your success, means far more than the prize,
and the drudgery of toil fades, when you see the pleasure in their eyes.
The stifled giggles at your private jokes, that no one else can share,
and their honest answers to your questions, that no one else would dare.
That bond of respect and trust that binds you like glue
dispels any worry that it’s just too good to be true.
You treasure all the wonderful memories that they give.
To be recalled, and cherished, for as long as you live.
So “An intense feeling of deep affection” is far too trite,
But we all know love when we see it, right?
Written by John Campbell - Father of the Bride.
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Venue: The Norfolk Mead Hotel
Dress – Blue by Enzoani – ‘Harlem’ dress [bought preloved]
Shoes – Rachel Simpson ‘Mimosa’ in Blue
Groom - French Connection Suit with Kurt Geiger shoes from House of Fraser
Groomsmen - suits from Slaters
Bridesmaids – Monsoon dresses
Florist – flowers bought wholesale from ‘The Flower Monger’ and all bouquets/ buttonholes/ table decor made and arranged by the bride tribe.
Cake – the famous ‘Guiness Cake’ created by the couples friend Helen
DJ – Dan White, arranged through pop up party people
Food and drink – all supplied by the venue.