Jonathan & Simon – Country Manor House Elopement

Escaping to the country has never felt so good.

No really, it has literally never made me feel as good as it did on this particular trip. Given all of the emotions that are associated with a typical wedding, the atypical-ness of this particular union only amplified those “feels”.

“I love that Simon is intelligent and always extremely thoughtful of everyone else. I love the way he loves me.” – Jonathan

Rewind to December last year when Jonathan & Simon came and visited me at my studio in Newtown. They simply strolled down the road from their home, walked through my front door and right into my heart.

They told me they met through work. They told me that Jonathan was courting Simon for quite a while, however, Simon was slow to pick up on the clues. They told me that they shared their first kiss at a work Christmas party. And they shared their desire to be married, in a low-key fashion, surrounded by their closest mates.

Anybody who knows me knows how much I resonate with “low-key” when it comes to celebrating a marriage. I am particularly drawn to the intimacy and humanity that comes from these kinds of commitments. It is also worth acknowledging that Jonathan and Simon have fought an uphill battle in order to have the right to have their marriage recognised in their home country.

The wedding itself did not disappoint. It was classy. It was intimate. There was no single element that did not speak to who Jonathan & Simon are as a couple, and now, as husbands.

“I love Jonathan’s kindness. My favourite sound in the world is the sound of his laugh. He is my big, friendly, sexy giant!” – Simon

To me, this was an exciting opportunity to capture a beautiful couple.
To Jonathan and Simon, this was a significant milestone, a stake in the ground, and an opportunity to celebrate the fabulous relationship they have formed together over the years.