Even if pictures speak for themselves, sometimes hearing the story behind the image gives us a deeper understanding. When you meet some couples you can feel the deep connection between them, a bit of magic that’s hard to describe. There’s often a story behind it. It seems fitting to be sharing this story in Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Last year I met lovely couple Wayne & Sue, owners of Oaks Barn Farm, to discuss plans for photography at their wedding. I was aware of their recent history, having read about Wayne’s journey on social media. He’s a great advocate for spreading the message about the importance of early detection. It was less than a year since his cancer diagnosis was confirmed, and he’d undergone 8 and a half hours of surgery to remove the cancer and re-route his bowel. Meaning adjustment to life with a Stoma.
The journey had made him and Sue realise that life is too short to put off the things that you want, and aside from good health, all they really wanted was to be married. After a 10 year engagement, they set the date.
Their wedding day was a joyous occasion filled with love, happiness and, not surprisingly, more than a little reflection. The ceremony took place in a beautiful 13th-century village church in rural Worcestershire. Followed by a perfectly relaxed reception at their own farm, surrounded by friends and family who’ve supported them through the worst of times, coming together to celebrate the best of times with soulmates, Wayne & Sue, now husband & wife. Capturing a bit of their magic and preserving the memories was such a huge pleasure.
You can read Wayne’s very honest blog posts about life on the farm and his cancer journey on the Oaks Barn Farm website. I particularly like this quote from one of his posts. ‘When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.’ – Sam Lefkwitz
See more images from Wayne & Sue’s wedding in Featured Weddings