Ruth and Josh’s Joyful Wedding

In early June, I had the pleasure of photographing Ruth and Josh’s Wedding.

As soon as I met them I knew we’d get on, they understood my quirky humour and movie references – and I couldn’t wait to spend their big day with them. Its very important that you have a connection with your photographer, apart from your nearest and dearest, you’ll be spending most of the day with them – imagine if you didn’t like them as a person?!

The morning went beautifully, as usual I started by photographing the dress and fine details, allowing everyone to just get used to me being around. Then on to the prep itself, capturing the day as it happens.

Once everyone was dressed and after a few family and bridesmaid photos it was time to leave for the church. Outside waiting for Ruth and her party was a gorgeous cream VW camper van, we took some photos and off I went.

I arrived at St Illtyds of Llantwit in Neath, a gorgeous church on the bank of Neath canal with ‘a history going back to the Saint himself’, sat there in the sunlight looking beautiful. Everyone was inside eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bride, and I was at the entrance waiting to photograph her approach, when from around the bend in the road came the familiar sound of the camper van.

Ruth, her parents and her bridesmaids made their way to the church to be greeted by the lovely vicar; Linda. After a few photos outside the church I made my way to greet the groom.

Josh looked incredibly happy, he couldn’t wait to see Ruth – I told him that she looked very beautiful and he was a very lucky man – and his smile beamed! Those smiles were infectious.

It was time, everyone stood for the arrival of the bride. And the one thing I’d say is that I’ve never seen anyone smile as much as these two, two peas in a pod! so happy, so connected – amazing!

The service was lovely, very personal and positive – during this time I photographed the service as it happened trying to blend in and not attract attention. After the signing I stood towards the back, anticipating the processional.

And then it happened, the music came on for the departure of the bride and groom and I had to stop myself from singing and dancing – the song? ‘Life’s a Happy Song’ from The Muppets – genius! I don’t know any other song that makes me smile as much, and the words – perfect for these two!

“Everything is great
Everything is grand
I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect
It’s falling into place
I can’t seem to wipe this smile off my face
Life’s a happy song, when there’s someone by my side to sing along”

The Muppets (The Motion Picture) – Written by Bret McKenzie, Walt Disney Records

The relevancy? on their first date they went to see The Muppets in the cinema, bringing back all the memories on their big day. Its the little touches, bits of your history as a couple in the decoration, music etc that makes it all so personal and unique.

Hope you liked this little excerpt from their big day, its funny remembering all these little bits, I’m in a unique position where I’m capturing with a camera, but I’m also remembering everything.