You know the saying "it's a small world"? Well I believe it more than ever after meeting Kristy & David. Not only does Kirsty's family have strong Norwegian ties (like mine does - the clue is in my surname) but I actually used to work with David's mum; I didn't realise this until a major bout of de-ja-vu hit me as I was taking photos of a charming lady that looked suspiciously familiar outside the ceremony venue! Speaking of which, what an amazing place to get married. The Gibside Chapel is not a place that just anybody can get married at. A truly wonderful venue for an intimate wedding. Really helped along by fabulous [especially for October] weather. The wedding reception was in the restaurant on the top floor of the Baltic (wow) and the evening reception in Riverside Cafe - and anyone who reads this blog regularly will know how I feel about the Quayside as a photographic venue! Perhaps the more observant amongst you may have noticed that the bride & groom are not in their early twenties - this certainly isn't unusual but I did want to mention it as Kirsty and David were childhood sweethearts and have (more or less) been together forever. Which is unusual and truly wonderful. What a privilege to photograph a wedding between two such committed people. Suffice to say, I really did loose it this time during the speeches - it felt like I was amongst my own family and brought back memories of my own wedding. Fortunately i managed to hide behind my camera and I don't think anyone noticed the tears in my eyes!