Andrew & Diana - Castle McCulloch, Jamestown, North Carolina USA
This is a wedding like no other, it was personal to me on a grand scale. Ive known the groom Andrew since he was a wee nipper. His sister Julie was my best friend since we were 5 years old, between our little gang of 4 we were always inseparable and one of our favourite past-times was winding Andrew up like a clockwork toy. It broke all of our hearts when we lost Julie to cancer in 2014; She told me that if Andrew ever proposed to Diana she would want us to photograph their wedding day, so when the gorgeous couple got in touch with me to ask if we could photograph their special wedding day I told them I was booked already... for their wedding. Travelling all those miles would be worth it completely. How right I was. After Diana saw some of our photographs from Castle weddings and stately homes it seems she was bitten by the bug of the princess wedding. Boy did they come up trumps. They booked Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, North Carolina. Set in a deep valley with a real life moat and beautiful stonework, fountains and meandering romantic walkways, it was like something out of a movie. So surrounded by sunshine, love and pretty little dragonflies we gathered to watch Andrew marry the love of his life, Diana. People talk about the 'southern hospitality' but until you've experienced it first hand you just cant appreciate how beautiful it is and the people who make it so special to be at the receiving end. I've never met a team of wonderful people so genuine and eager to ensure that your experience is second to none, they went above and beyond on Andrew & Diana's day and I have to say they are masters of their art in customer service. The minister was such a wonderful man, reminiscent of Father Christmas, with an aura of gentleness to him. You'll be pleased to know I didn't sit on his knee but I did slip him an early christmas list. In a room with vaulted ceilings, gallery balcony, leaded windows, suits of armour and blissful air conditioning (100 degree heat outside) the wedding was indeed fit for royalty. With our best friend Julie's photograph taking pride of place at the top of the aisle on a beautiful memory table, although I believe she was there with us all every step of the way. The love, excitement, emotion and blanket of friendship was almost tangible and there were moments, I as well as all the guest were lost in the decadence of it all. Especially when Andrews best friend Judah sang to the happy couple, what an incredible gift he has. To say he has the voice of an angel is an understatement, there wasnt a dry eye in the house. So to Andrew & Diana, we wish you both all the love, good luck, good health, wealth and happiness your hearts can hold. We love you so much. Thank you for looking after us so incredibly well and for loving us like you do. Lisa & Mel xx
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