There is something magical about second marriages and I love it when couples ask me to photograph their wedding as it is so special. Often with a wedding the second time around, the budget is nothing like the first one and couples don’t want a fuss. So when I am asked to capture the true love they have found, it feels truly romantic and very special.
Richard and Katie not only gave me the honour of capturing the love they have found in each other, but they provided me with the shortest walk to work for a wedding ever. The church is literally across the road from my house.
This beautiful, intimate wedding was my first wedding in Cautley and I also had the luxury of seeing that spectacular view of Lake Windermere from The Belsfield Hotel, which is known for the Laura Ashley decor.
Richard & Katie had a gorgeous reading and there are lines in it that really sum up how important it can be to make a marriage work when you understand life and yourself more, so I thought I would share it here.
By Mari Nichols-Haining
Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body…
Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won’t hold them against me,
Who loves me when I’m unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me…
Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold…
Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship…
Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements…
Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole…
Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me,
I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage…
Because with this understanding
The possibilities are limitless.