Today I’m thrilled to start the year right by wiring a post for two of my dear friends, and also two of the most talented wedding photographers around. They are Lillian and Leonard Wedding Photography, and they are the married couple Cara (of Peonies and Polaroids) and Nye. They are based in Scotland, but are more than willing to travel, as long as you don’t mind them bringing their little babies along for the ride.
I’ve always loved Cara and Nye’s work, but these days it is wordlessly good. They capture the gritty-ness and the dreamy magic of the wedding. They capture those moments that make you stop and gasp in wonder. They make art.
But maybe more important than that, Cara and Nye are two people you just plain want to have at your wedding. Cara has a quiet grace to her, and she’s kind, and she has your back. Period. Nye will make you laugh until you cry, and hang out with your groomsmen, and boost you up (physically or emotionally, he’s good like that).
This will sound very cheesy, but booking Lillian and Leonard was a big step in owning our wedding. I was convinced that their beautiful photography and wonderful lives were far too classy and creative for us, and that they would laugh at our small and insignificant wedding. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Cara and Nye constantly sounded excited for us, which gave me a bit more personal confidence.
So, yes, Cara and Nye are REAL! Meeting with them before the wedding really helped to orientate us towards having a good day. On the day itself, Cara fixed my dress as the bustle came undone, Nye gave the groomsmen a lift. Both of them fitted in so well to the day, they were unobtrusive, friendly and polite, and seem genuinely pleased to be there. Oh, and they take stunning photos – actually stunning. My friends and family have never looked so attractive!
So, all of you couples in the UK (or heck, anywhere in the EU), go browse Lillian and Leonard’s site. And then drop them a line. And then send me the pictures. Because frankly? I’m envious that you get to hang out with them, and have their breathtakingly artful photos to hang in your home forever.
We don’t consider ourselves “Rules Girls.” We know that there is no such thing as the perfect wedding, the perfect partner, or the perfect family. But the only way to liberate ourselves from “the rules” (or the WIC, or just society’s pressures at large) is to come up with better ones. So in February, we’re not just breaking the rules; we’re forsaking some altogether and making new ones too.