• Caroline Stocking

Opulent Morocco


Well where do I start? From 2 of the nicest men I've ever met, through to being transported to Morocco. This was the most magical, mystical and enchanting wedding.

Oh and the Butlers in the Buff certainly added spice to the affair.

The nerves were big for this wedding.

After a chance meeting with the gorgeous Georgia in Cyprus last May, I ended up being booked for her brother's wedding in September.

It wasn't until the booking had been made, that I found out Beau & Charles would be my first same sex wedding, and I was bloody ecstatic. They both sounded like awesome guys, and the wedding was going to be epic.

At this point I also found out the guys both lived in the states, so this was not going to be as straight forward as normal.

Beau moved out to America a couple of years ago for work, and whilst there met Charles at a party, and they both never looked back.

Beau & Charles lived in New York at the time, so Georgia (Beau's sister) and their family took on the planning of the big day.

The guys had already officially married in a small, intimate service in Central Park, New York, surrounded by a small number of friends and family a few months earlier.

B&C were desperate to have a marriage blessing in this country, whereby they could invite all their friends and family from far and wide to celebrate with them.

Morocco Transported to Morden

Arriving at the house (yep that’s right, house...the whole day would be taking place in the grounds of Beau's family home in Morden, Surrey, UK)

Myself and my very able second shooter Andy (who also happens to be my boyfriend) approached the already open front door with a belly full of excited, nervous butterflies.

From not even entering the house yet, I knew the days was going to be amazing!...and I wasn't disappointed!

I had not had a chance to meet or even speak to the Groom's before the wedding day, due to both our schedules being manic, and having a 5 hour time difference hadn't helped.

I was hoping to meet them the week leading up to the wedding, but between us we just couldn't manage a time.

So, I'm not going to lie to you...I was pretty apprehensive.

The guys had obviously seen my work, and had conversations with Georgia about me, but it didn't stop me worrying.

My biggest fear?....What if they didn't like me? What if they didn't actually like my work, but just booked me anyway. All stupid thoughts I know...But us photographers are insecure people.

Well, after a quick introduction to both the grooms...the nerves and fears just vanished. They instantly made myself and Andy welcome, and were full of ideas, which I love.

They are just 2 gorgeous, handsome, lovely chaps, that very obviously adore each other.

This made for one very happy photographer.

So, with a big sigh of relief, I instantly felt at ease.

They both wanted the whole day documented, so I was free to do my thing.

After being introduced to friends and family, and having a quick catch up with Georgia, we decided to leave them to if for a while, and went off to investigate the marquee that everyone was talking about.

I don't even know where to begin to describe the marquee we walked into.

This was not a marquee, this was a Bedouin, Moroccan, Opulent club straight from the night life of Marrakesh.

With décor of red and gold, and rich fabrics on curtains, cushions, sofas and rugs. It simply blew my mind!

I instantly fell in love with my surroundings, and my creative juices started flowing.

The next few hours where taken up by groom prep, bridesmaid prep, a full rehearsal, and all the couple and group shots.

These were all done before the wedding, due to it being an evening event and the guests not arriving until 5.30pm.

The house is an eclectic mix of styles and designs, so we had many spaces to work with.

By 5.30pm the estate had come alive, and guest were flooding in.

A spectacular array of outfits where on show, and it just added to the already splendid occasion.

The ceremony was just beautiful. Beau & Charles were lead in by their parents and took centre stage, circled by 350 members of their closest friends and family.

The ceremony was conducted by a very close friend Julio, and both Charles and Beau read personally written vows to each other.

The ceremony was quickly followed by cutting of the cake (made by Charles's Mum) and the first dance.

Speeches came slightly later, and then the party really got started.

The very smart waiters that had been present since just after the service, emerged with very little in the way of clothing on, and the crowd where finally introduced to the Butlers in the Buff! Champagne anyone?

A live twitter feed was running on a big screen in the background, meaning guest could instantly share their experience. I do believe that #2016bc was actually trending for a while!

The whole event had been so well planned, and credit to Georgia and her family for all the hard work they put in to create this magical evening.

A vast array of suppliers had been used, but they all worked perfectly together.

The party lasted until 6am so I believe, but we made our exit at Midnight, and left everyone to really let their hair down.

We weren't allowed to leave until one of the guest snapped us first though...ha!

Published

Beau & Charles's wedding was special for me. Along with another wedding I had done the week before, I felt I was actually getting somewhere with my photography. I felt good about myself, and my work, and it has lead on to me having a fantastic 2017.

I enjoy all weddings, and I of course feel honoured every time a couple invite me into their special day. But it is only natural to have certain ones that stick out, and leave an imprint on your soul.

I couldn't get the wedding out of my head and I still smile when I think of the day.

Around November time of last year, after Beau & Charles had received their photos, and the season was drawing to an end, I still couldn't get the wedding out of my mind, and really felt I needed to showcase it in some way.

I had the idea of contacting Rock n Roll Bride magazine. Knowing they feature alternative, and slightly untraditional weddings. I asked if the wedding would be suitable to feature on their blog and website. After submitting the required information, I waited. A week or so later, I got a response from the Editor in Chief with a big fat YES! They would love to feature it. I was thrilled.

I submitted the wedding, and just waited until they instructed me that it would be published on the website.

A few weeks went by, and I received another email from the editor, asking if the feature could actually be published in their magazine rather than the blog? Well, you can imagine my reaction! I screamed at my computer and sent a very speedy reply back saying yes, and that I was completely over the moon.

Well fast forward 8 months, and last week issue 16 of Rock n Roll Bride magazine dropped through my letter box, and there, on pages 106-111 is the stunning wedding of Beau & Charles.

I still can't believe it....everytime I open the pages, I still have to pinch myself. These are my images, and my name is printed twice in the article. I am truly thrilled, that someone believes my work is good enough to publish in an international magazine.

You can check it out for yourselves, as the magazine is now available in shops and online. It can be purchased at WHSmith's, Sainsbury's or from RocknRollBride.com

You can watch a very excited me looking at the magazine for the first time, over on my Facebook page.

It just goes to show that sometimes you have to believe in that gut instinct, and believe in yourself. I hope that this can be the first of many weddings I have published, but none will ever feel as special as this one!

I thought now was the right time to write a blog post about Beau & Charles...and share with you all, what we experienced that day.

I want to say a massive Thank You to Beau & Charles for allowing me to be part of their special day, and for allowing me to put forward their wedding to Rock n Roll Bride.

And Thank You to Georgia, because if we had never have met at that beautiful Wedding in Cyprus, none of this would have ever happened.

Everything happens for a reason, I deeply believe that...

xx


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