So, the most celebrated wedding of the year happened just over a week ago – and the twitterati were out in force at this one. Annabel from Love My Dress came along as my assistant, and my right-hand-girl Marie Donn was there too. The Wedding Reporter, Emma Woodhouse, attended to create a record of the day as only she can (Emma, I can’t WAIT to read your report!) Jenna from Lucky Sixpence was the On The Day planner, and make-up was by Katy Messer. Joanne Fleming - possibly my all-time favourite designer and the designer behind the only dress that has ever made me feel weepy with its sheer beauty – designed Franky’s amazing feather trimmed silk velvet jacket. Twitter was buzzing with excitement and Franky even had her own hash-tag for those not lucky enough to be working at her wedding or invited as a guest.
So, why the huge excitement? Because one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to have met, was marrying her soulmate. You can’t help but fall a little bit in love with Franky when you meet her – she’s intelligent (although of limited vocabulary when giving speeches, apparently), funny, beautiful, stylish, and also kind, thoughtful and honest. Carl is her perfect match – these two wonderful people have been together for 8 years, through lots of ups and downs, and are so totally in love that the world seems a happier place just by being with them.
They’re both complete film buffs, so of course they had to get married at Heatherden Hall, the birthplace of UK film empire, Pinewood Studios. They were driven (separately, of course) from The Pinewood Hotel to Heatherden Hall in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II that once belonged to Silent Film actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. As such it has probably carried so many of Hollywood’s greats in its time, but I can’t imagine anyone looking quite as glamorous, or as beautiful, as Franky as she pulled up in it.
Their ceremony was a real tear-jerker (Annabel sobbed throughout, I’m reliably informed!), and I was, as usual, thankful that I can rely on auto-focus while wiping away tears
Entertainment was provided for all the children present (including Franky and Carl’s 2 adorable children) by Artful Splodgers, and in the evening popcorn was served and an old-fashioned photobooth was assembled to take instant photos of the guests.
Franky and Carl danced the night away, and Izzy was up dancing for the entire time – she lead the dancing for quite a while too.
I had the BEST time photographing this wedding, with Marie, and it was truly a special day that will stay in my memory for a long time. Not only do I have the best job in the world, I also have the best clients.