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It was almost the end of the season for us so a Hopetoun House wedding was an exciting way to start December off. Lists were made and plans had been finalised. The evening before the wedding we were calm and prepared.

At 7am I got a phone call from Matt. He was very, very ill. I realised as soon as he started to speak that he wasn’t going to be able to photograph the wedding. This is a situation wedding photographers hope never happens but here at Fern we follow the simple rule, plan for the worst and hope for the best.

And we did have a plan. Like a well oiled machine, phone calls were made and within 90 minutes we had swapped me from assisting to leading the photography, we’d found a second photographer (the wonderful Ashley because Sinead and Romina were already working) and we were back on track for another fantastic day. Well, me and Ashley were; Matt would spend the remainder of the day expelling the remnants of the Noro Virus, so no fun for him.

Cara + Sandy were a little nervous about the impact this would have on their wedding photography. That was totally understandable too. They’d had their pre-wedding session with Matt and really liked him and his approach. They’d established a relationship with each other and now he wouldn’t be there. To find out that your main photographer won’t be at your wedding, and that there was a possibility that you would only get one photographer instead of two is a shock to hear on the morning of your wedding. All their concerns disappeared pretty much immediately, once Matt had let them know Ashley would be joining us. They were pleasantly surprised at how fast and efficient we had been in fixing this last minute problem and once we’d both arrived it took no time at all to get into the stride of the wedding and having a great day.

And a great day it was too. Even though it was stormy and rainy for the whole day we had a blast with Cara + Sandy and their wedding guests. It was fun, cosy and lively all day. At the end of the night, after saying goodbye to Cara + Sandy, I remember stepping out into the cold and rain and thinking about how lucky I was to have been a part of such a wonderful day with such nice people. And, in the nicest way possible, I’d completely forgotten that Matt hadn’t been there.

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