My path had crossed with Amir’s in a previous work life. Back in 2006, when I was working for an athletics magazine, I attended the World Junior Championships in Beijing where Amir was representing Great Britain in the hammer throw. Little did I know back then that I’d meet up with Amir seven years later to photograph his wedding!

Amir’s partner Emma is also an athlete and used to compete to a high level in the javelin. They met at their local athletics track and were members of the same training group. One night during their warm-down lap, Amir finally plucked up the courage to ask Emma out – although their first date didn’t quite go to plan.

Whether it was the choice of film or delayed tiredness from training, Amir ended up falling asleep at the cinema! Fortunately Emma wasn’t put off and their relationship blossomed.

The pair tied the knot in Emma’s home town of Saffron Walden. I knew from doing a pre-wedding shoot with them in January that they were easy to work with. The only concern was whether the snow and rain would hold off and if we’d have enough daylight in which to get the main shots done, as it was a mid-afternoon wedding.

But as ever, these things have a knack of working out, and everything went to plan. After a lovely ceremony at Saffron Walden Baptist Church, everyone headed to the nearby Abbey Barn at St Mark’s College for the reception. Undoubtedly the most popular part of the reception was their incredible pick’n’mix table. I may have even helped myself to a sweetie or two. Or six.

Here is a selection of shots from the day. If you were a guest at the wedding, you can access the full set of images from the galleries page.

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