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Getting married is a moment of epic proportion no matter how long you’ve been together, and the importance of the moment certainly wasn’t lost on Makeda and Erol who after 16 years together – and two beautiful girls, Tai, 15 and Tyler, 10 – finally said ‘I do’ at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.

A splendid location, made more so by the scorcher of a summer day (not helped by my not so clever decision to dress head to toe in black) I met Makeda and her bridal party at the Richmond Hill Hotel where she was getting ready with her six bridesmaids (in dusty pink) and three pint-sized flower girls in traditional white dresses. Vinton Gordon, make-up artist extraordinaire was working her magic – not that these fresh-faced gals needed it – but watching her I was so conscious of the sense of the occasion, what we do to prepare for this big day, the high spirits and sense of anticipation all so infectious to be around.

Leaving them I went back over to Pembroke Lodge to capture the guests arriving. Cut to Makeda’s arrival once the guests had gone in, without her veil and garter – gasp! Mum and sister hotfooted back to the hotel to retrieve them and all was fine. Which wedding day ever runs without a slight hiccup? They only make for better stories to recount afterwards.

The ceremony took place in Pembroke Lodge’s Belvedere Room, which on a blue-skied day had an incredible Mediterranean feel to it with its graceful Italianate proportions and sense of style. Boutique Blooms did a wonderful job with the flowers. Erol seemed a little shaky as he stood waiting for his beau and Makeda’s eyes were definitely glossy with tears as she walked down the aisle towards him – a moment they’d clearly thought about and imagined during their time together. They weren’t taking anything for granted.

Enjoy going through these photographs Makeda and Erol, your day was just wonderful, wishing you lots more happy years together.

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