No formal proposal and no engagement ring. A wedding dress lent by her sister. Invitations sent by Facebook message. A waiver to the usual 14 day notice period.
For a very good reason. Kirsty and Robin met in his mum’s kitchen. A laid back and relaxed couple, their love blossomed, despite Robin being often away on service in the Royal Navy. Whilst watching television one evening, a documentary about Gary Barlow singing at a fan’s wedding, Robin asked Kirsty which celebrity she would like to have at their wedding, should that day ever come. Kirsty immediately answered “my mum”. Sadly Kirsty’s mum had been battling cancer for over nine years and was unfortunately entering the final stages of her illness. They felt that if they didn’t try, they might always regret it.
Hence the wedding in under a week. The notice period at Wellington House was waived, a blessing organised at Ashford’s Pilgrims Hospice, the boys found they all had matching grey suits, suppliers were found, cupcakes were made by Robin and decorated by his sister … the ABode Hotel in Canterbury was booked and the wedding was on.
I had a call from Kirsty whilst I was shooting another wedding … I’d been recommended by a guest at a wedding that I photographed the previous year and I was available on their date.
And I was so very glad that I was …
Did it matter that there were no wedding favours? Not at all. There was no formalised seating plan and this made no difference. The smiles and love and tears of sadness and of joy that were shared on Kirsty and Robin’s wedding day only served to reinforce what an amazing job I have. It’s priceless, it truly is. Sadly, Kirsty’s mum passed away the following week. But she was the driving force behind this wedding and will ever be remembered for that.
I love my job. I have the best clients. I am so very, very lucky. And Kirsty, don’t you forget that Robin promised you an eternity ring when your first baby arrives … excited!