The first time I met Rob & Kate, was at Costa Coffee in Keswick and my first impression was that they were a quiet, private and professional couple both being accountants for a top city company in London.
Rob had planned to start his big day with a wild water swim in Loweswater and I was looking forwards to joining in and capturing the full story of the wedding day, and even bought an underwater housing unit. Little did I know he was an ultra-fit sportsman and bore an uncanny resemblance to the ex-footballer, Frank Lampard. Unfortunately, events transpired against this as Rob played the hero becoming a one-man taxi service and ferrying friends and family into the early hours of the morning.
Katie and her Bridesmaids had one of those long idyllic mornings, which consisted of being pampered, sipping bottles of Champagne and sharing lots of laughter with her girls. Before long Kate was the personification of stylish elegance and after photographing her grand entrance in her graceful entrance down the stairs where her Dad and brother were eagerly awaiting their “first look”.
Immediately afterwards, I dashed to park at one of my all-time favourite pubs, The Kirkstile near Loweswater. Fortunately, this is a mere stone’s throw away from St Bartholomew’s Church, underneath the diminutive yet mighty Melbreck which like an Alpine Giant from this view.
A shout out must be given to the female Vicar (x) and the reasons that will remain confidential and may be revealed at some point in the future. Moving on the atmosphere and anticipation was electric as the weather turned from sunny to rain and back again all within minutes, which anyone who has experienced the unique climate of The Lake District will testify. Kate and her Dad arrived in a camper van courtesy of Bespokebyspike and immediately the bells of the packed church were ringing and as any professional photographer will tell you it was a case of capturing the walk up the aisle and all the hundred and one interactions simultaneously occurring at once that are compete for attention so unless they are captured they are gone forever.
Being a documentary storyteller I took to a variety of shots from wide-angle to zoomed in with the primary focus always being that moment when the Bride and Groom’s eyes meet for the first time that day.
After the ceremony, the couple rented round the back of the church where the usher’s age out confetti and a tunnel were loosely organised and I love the reaction on Kates and Robs face as they were revealing in each micro-moment. Soon afterwards the couple were chauffeured off in the Campervan and we stopped briefly for a few photos by Crummock Water before being whisked back to New House Farm where I must ask, is there a more beautiful venue in all of The Lakes on an idyllic summers day.
The MC was called upon to remind everyone of the timelines and it was unsurprising that the day was running lie clockwise given the couples professional and the attention to the smallest detail was second to none. If only they dealt with sole traders, I’d have Kates or Rob doing my accounts!
When the speeches arrived, Kate delivered a speech which belied her demeanour and showed that underneath that elegant exterior was a woman of conviction who knew what she was all about and wanted it all. This couple was no longer in my mind, gentle private people, they were ambitious go-getters and knew how to work hard and play hard.
Just to underline this, their first dance was carefully choreographed and left me sand most of the guests speechless as at one point Kate launched herself into the air and Rob doing his best Patrick Swayze impression just managed to catch her. Talking of catching, I just about caught the shot and every time I see the image it reminds me of that moment where they just nailed the moment. They are an amazing couple, fiercely competitive under the surface, well suited and a match for each other!