Photographing weddings can be a lonely life. Meet a bunch of strangers, share an amazing day with them, get to know them, leave and start again at the next wedding. So it’s a real treat when I get to a wedding and already know half the family.
That’s what Jodie and Toni’s wedding was like for me. Jodie had been a bridesmaid some years earlier at her cousin Lisa’s wedding at Wortley Hall. Even at Lisa’s wedding I had met most of the family at her brother Matt’s wedding at Kenwood Hall earlier that same year. So although a few years had passed it felt like a reunion, which is really special.
What I didn’t know at the time was that this would be my last wedding for some time. It was the last weekend before the UK went into Covid-19 lockdown. Yet another thing that makes this a special memory for me. The threat of the Coronavirus was a mere undercurrent on the day, I think the severity of the outbreak hadn’t quite landed with us yet, so plenty of hugs and handshakes going around.
Despite impending pandemics and quarantines the day was a great success. There was a chilled vibe throughout, and a great party atmosphere to close it out.
Shout out to Alex, my second photographer on the day, who took at least a couple of the snaps you’ll see shortly.