One of the first things Hannah told me when I met her and Mark was the sad news that she had quite recently lost her Father, Paul. She told me stories about him and how they used to sing together in the car taking Hannah to Uni, and that conversation really stuck with me! Their relationship was clearly an amazing one and I could tell straight away that Paul was still going to be a big part of Hannah and Marks wedding! However, it was also clear that the thought of having her big day with out her Dad there was something that was going to be very difficult for Hannah.
A few weeks before the wedding I met with Hannah and Mark to discuss the details of the day and I was also greeted by Hannah's lovely Mum who handed me a bit of paper in our meeting asking me to call her - totally intrigued I contacted her as soon as I got home from the meeting asking her to call me when Hannah wasn't within ear - shot. She was about to tell me the most amazing story.
It turned out that Hannah's late Father, Paul had obtained quite a little collection of cars, and one in particular was very special to him. The one he had always wanted for years and never thought he would own, a jaguar XJS. Sadly when Paul passed away this car was in a garage. Hannah and her family tried to contact the garage after some time and realised that not only had it closed, but the owners had moved to Australia! All hope of finding the car seemed lost, and sadly after trying a few ways of tracking the owners down the family gave up the search.
Some time later, Hannahs Mother was at a car garage for her own car. She said she felt the most peculiar feeling that she had to ask the people in the garage about the missing car. She explained her story to these people, completely unrelated to the original garage and shockingly they said, "I think know the people who owned that garage. They emigrated but their son is still in the UK!"
So, amazingly Hannah's Mother managed to track the car down. She had it completely restored and asked Hannah's brother, Chris to drive Hannah from the bridal suite to the ceremony room in it.
When I heard this story I was so excited to see Hannah's reaction on the day. I knew it would be an emotional one but I also knew just how special this would be for her.
The car was tucked away out of view while Chris prepared it for the wedding with ribbons, then Hannahs Mum called her out to look as it drove down towards us. I will never forget the lump in my throat as I heard Hannah say, "That's my Daddy's car. You found my Daddy's dar....."
Needless to say there were lots of tears! These are the moments I feel truly honoured to capture as a photographer. The split second moments that are over so quickly but are so so precious.
The whole wedding day was absolutely gorgeous. It was forecast to rain, but someone was clearly watching over them that day as after a shower in the morning we were blessed with the most perfect weather for the rest of the day. The sun even made an appearance in the ceremony, shining beautifully through the large barn windows.
Congratulations Hannah & Mark!! This was such a fun wedding to photograph and with lots and lots (& lots) of amazing family and friends who clearly love you both so much I am sure you will have a very, very happy life together!
Thank you for letting me share your story. xXx