I feel I have got to know Caroline and Andrew quite well over the last few years. I first met them in 2013 at Caroline’s daughter’s wedding. Caroline walked Rhianna down the aisle with the biggest smile on her face. She was a very proud mum. Fast forward to 2017 and this time it was Andrew’s daughter Ann Marie who was getting married. He also walked his daughter down the aisle also with the biggest smile on his face.
Caroline and Andrew had both lost their previous partners to cancer within a short time of each other. Caroline was the family hairdresser, and was also a customer at Andrews garage. After some time Andrew plucked up the courage to ask Caroline out for a drink and so their relationship began, and they both proudly watched their respective daughters marry.
Almost 14 years later whilst in Jamaica relaxing by the pool with cocktail in hand Andrew spontaneously went down on one knee and asked Caroline to marry him! She accepted , with conditions, the main one being that the marriage was to take place as soon as possible. Another condition (honestly!!) was that I had to be the photographer as I had photographed both their daughter’s weddings and they knew and loved my work. They have subsequently told me they view me as a family friend. Caroline said if I hadn’t been available on their chosen date they would have changed the date. How cool is that!! Also – I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to get THAT photo! The one of Caroline and Andrew, and Rhianna and Ann Marie all together so I could say ” Ive photographed all their weddings!”
The wedding was subsequently arranged very quickly for Augusy 2018 and the chosen venue was the Finch Hatton Arms in Ewerby. The Finch Hatton Arms was previously used as a hunting lodge by Denys Finch Hatton. His love affair with Baroness Karen Blixen was portrayed by Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in the 1985 Oscar winning film ‘Out of Africa’.
The wedding day was held on a beautiful sunny day in August. It was to be a small intimate wedding and it was very clear that Andrew was incredibly nervous. His “best woman” was – naturally – his daughter who straightened his tie and pinned his buttonhole and kept him calm. Caroline’s daughter was returning the favour. This time she was walking her mum down the aisle. The rest of the day passed in a whirl of emotions – happy tears and lots of laughter. The joy on this couples face as they finally exchanged rings was wonderful to watch. Here are a few of the many photos I took – including of course THAT photo. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Quincy for allowing me to be part of their day (again), and for allowing me to share this wonderful story. Enjoy x
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