1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2. good fortune or luck.
It is by their own admission that Stacey and Kal were 'veterans' of serious relationships, when they met by chance, after finding themselves as housemates, whilst both embarking on new careers as teachers. Neither of them was looking for love but after only a few weeks of knowing each other, love ignored their wishes and found them anyway. Since then their love has given them both the freedom to be the nomads that they are and has taken them across the world - Spain, Morocco, Scotland, Italy, Croatia and - most importantly - Norfolk (as this was their first official holiday and the place where Kal realised he would have asked Stacey to marry him there and then).
Fast forward two years and they're getting in touch with me to book their wedding photography for an intimate ceremony at Cleeve House in Wiltshire. Both Stacey and Kal are the kind of people who you can't help but be happy around; I liked them both instantly. Stacey was kind enough to email me some photographs of the two of them, various shots on their travels, so that they were 'no longer strangers'. Their happiness and affection for each other jumped out of every photograph and I instantly felt pride in knowing that I was going to be photographing the wedding day of two very special people, who were clearly perfectly matched and very much in love.
Their mindset for their wedding was to create a day that was fun, intimate, comfortable and private (which, as it happens, describes them both perfectly) and they wanted their wedding photography to reflect this. They didn't want their wedding to be a performance but rather a celebration of their love and commitment to one another, amongst close friends and family, and for it to be documented exactly as it was.
Stacey was terrified at the thought of being photographed and they were both huge fans of reportage wedding photography - we were the perfect fit for each other! Thankfully I convinced them to be part of some more posed but natural couple portraits and I think they'll agree this was a good move!
The wedding day itself was beautiful - not only because of the weather and the little touches, that their friends and family helped them with, but because their pure love for each other was apparent - it was impossible not to feel moved by it. Their vows were the most beautiful I'd ever heard and the emotion on the faces of their friends and family showed just how much they were loved.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Kurg, who are about to embark on a new adventure together, not only in their marriage but also in their exciting move to Oman - continuing to follow their dreams and refusing to let anything, or any expectations about marriage, hold them back from the life they want to live together.
Shakespeare's tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was to demonstrate that pure love cannot exist in an imperfect world. I would argue though that there really are some people who have that pure kind of love - and that Stacey and Kal are undoubtedly two of those people.
With special thanks to ~
- Mane Event, Trowbridge ~ hair styling
- Tracey Ann, Bristol ~ make-up artist
- Jennifer Amie, Frome ~ flowers (email@example.com)
- Nicholas Wylde, Bristol ~ rings
- Bluestone Gallery, Bath ~ earrings
- Sassi Holford ~ wedding dress 'Phoebe'
- Ted Baker ~ Groom's waistcoat
- New & Lingwood ~ Groom's suit
- Jenny Packam ~ bridal shoes
- Cleeve House, Wiltshire ~ ceremony & afternoon tea
- The Huntsman, Bath ~ reception
- Nibbles Cheese, Bath ~ cheese cake tier
- The Drive, Bath ~ reception music