I could not have known as I started scribbling down all of my memories from my wedding whilst on an aeroplane destined for my honeymoon that I was sowing the seeds of a good idea. All I was doing at that time was trying to chronicle every breathing detail that I could recall so that I wouldn’t forget what it was like to be a bride in years to come.
We’ve all been on the forums and chat rooms that are filled with breathless accounts from newlyweds about their big day. Mine was no different; it was just intended for my tiny little blog and my own posterity. I wrote it, published in on the internet and went on my merry little way.
I was gratified when people contacted me to say that my wedding report had helped them to mentally prepare for their own weddings. I liked that people said I was a good writer, given that I’ve spent my whole life scribbling and trained in creative writing and with the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Most of all, I liked going to our friends’ weddings and writing about them too.
For me, there is something gloriously luxuriant about the written word. In a society so preoccupied with speed and consumable information, I like the thought of taking time to labour over the exact sentence structure and choice of words used. This thoroughness is the very least that I can do when endeavouring to narrate what many people will consider to be the best day of their entire lives.
I created The Wedding Reporter in order to offer this service to any bride and groom who want an added layer of texture to the memories of their wedding. Essentially, I attend the wedding as a professional guest; jotting everything I see, hear and feel in my trusty notebook. I cry at every. single. wedding I go to because I really do believe that in this day and age where you don’t have to get married, choosing to do so is a beautiful gesture.
I’ll then go away and spend as long writing as I do at the wedding. At the end of it, the couple will have a literary legacy extending to several thousand words that is literally the story of their day. My affiliated designer can create a bespoke cover and publish the reports into unique hardback books that sit beautifully alongside your photo album.
As far as I know, there is no one else in the country offering this service. I have created The Wedding Reporter out of a passion for both words and love; combining the two into something that people can treasure for generations is nothing short of a privilege and an honour. No two wedding reports are the same because no two weddings are the same; it’s a completely couture service tailored around the couple.
Big thank you to Ali Lovegrove Photography