What a crazy month I have had. Only 4 weeks ago I was on the other side of the world photographing a wedding very dear to my heart. Last week we were in Renmark camping with friends and this weekend celebrating two birthdays! Life has been one big adventure!
As I start this epic blog, I thought I would begin with a little bit of history.
When I was 18, 19 maybe (Michael, I know you will correct all my foggy details!) I met a gorgeous boy with a baby face, long dark hair pulled back in a pony tail, purple velvet pants and brown suede jacket. He was beautiful and people gravitated towards him. Myself included. In my mind I knew he would be my friend, I would make sure of it. Stalker much?!? Thankfully, stalking was not needed and we quickly became friends, sharing a beer or 3 on a regular basis at the Crown & Anchor (back in the 90’s when it was the cool place to be!).
When Michael and his friend Sarah needed a 3rd housemate I jumped at the chance and we moved into our blue and pink walled house with green shag pile carpet. Within those walls many laughs were had, many tears shed, parties held and lifelong friendships formed.
Skip ahead a few years and after living apart, Michael had moved back in with me. It was during this time that he met Rob. I think Michael was hooked when he read the first email from his clever secret admirer. As more messages came in from “it’firstname.lastname@example.org” I think we all were! Thankfully when his identity was discovered, Rob was everything in a partner we could have wanted for Michael and more. For the first time I saw Michael truly happy in a relationship, comfortable in his own skin and loved for the gorgeous man that he is.
14 years on and the day had finally come to celebrate the marriage of these two beautiful friends of mine. The absolute best part of being their photographer was that it meant I got to spend the whole wedding day with them! We started in a penthouse in Covent Gardens where they got ready with close friends, then headed off to some favourite sites around London for some special photos together. The ceremony was held in the early evening in the Hackney Town Hall with the reception following directly after at the same location. The day flowed perfectly and I felt that I was part of something truly amazing.
To Michael and Rob, the happiness that I felt watching you marry is indescribable. I think that you are both extraordinary individuals and together you are perfection! I love you both dearly and wish that I could give you both a big squeeze right this moment. May you enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together. xxxxxxxx