I'm writing this on a Monday morning as I'm about to head off to photograph one of the Le Manoir team flying a vintage aircraft (one of the many and brilliant 'experiences' you can have while staying at this beautiful hotel) and it struck me that it's been a heck of weekend! Mind you, it's not that the week before was any quieter, or that the week ahead will be any less so, but I have to admit, I rather like it that way. 10 years ago as London commuter, I used to dread Mondays: the early start; the monotony of the platform pacing; the 'back to it' mentality. Now? Well, now I love Mondays as they mark the start of another week of excitement.
This particular couple, Melanie and Peter, came in this Saturday to see the pictures from their practically-perfect summer outdoor wedding at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and it brought back the whole experience of their day. I am not exaggerating when I refer to it as 'perfect', I really don't think there is anything you could have changed (oh, except for me knocking the front wing of my Land Rover on a deceptively-close wall when I arrived to photograph Peter and his family having a pre-wedding drink at a pub. Now, that, I would have changed if I could!)
The weather was absolutely glorious (though I am not sure that Peter and his best man predicted quite how warm their exquisitely tailored tweed suits would be) which meant they could be married in Le Manoir's summer-house: a stunning way to do it, with the sun glinting through the trees.
Melanie, Peter, the crowd, the weather, the location, the dress, the suits, the food, the croque-en-bouche, the atmosphere. Perfect. All of it. Simply perfect.
And so, after several hours of decidedly determined deliberation (and a tasty lunch - we do look after our clients!) they have selected a set of images that will make a simply beautiful big album full of classic 'hero' images and a whole heap of story-telling too!
Can't wait to share the final designs! Until then, here are just a few: