This is a blog post for wedding photography at Foxhills in Surrey. I saved this blog post for the 1st of 2014 as I literally cried on their wedding day when they shared their love story. Andrew and Tessa first met as childhood friends. His first memory of her was small girl with short hair who he desperately wanted to jump onto the back of his go cart. Tessa’s memory of Andrew was a dirty messy boy who had had a go cart she desperately wanted to ride on, but he never asked. Ad they grew older they became firm friends, even when they move to different continents they kept in touch exchanging stories of their lives. They met again in University and created new adventures together, but only ever as friends. When university finished, they again went their separate ways on different continents. On their final day, Andrew wrote Tessa a five page letter, the first 4 pages telling her of all the plans he had now they had left Uni, business ventures, travel. On the last page he wrote what he had always wanted to tell her, how he had loved her from the first day they met as 4 years olds, how he had never stopped loving her and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life loving her. Unfortunately Andrew never sent this letter, the fear of rejection and loosing the friendship he cherished so much.
They kept in touch at moments throughout their adult lives, his wedding, her wedding, the birth of his children, this birth of her son. Sadly both their marriages broke down and one day Andrew and Tessa found themselves back on the same continent. Andrew, regretting not sending Tessa the letter he wrote on their last day at Uni, knew he could not let this moment pass. He confessed to Tessa his feelings and how he had loved her from their childhood play days, with much relief Tessa had felt the same and often wondered what could have been if her best friend became her boyfriend. On the evening that Andrew proposed to Tessa, he gave her the letter he had kept from the last day of Uni, of course she said Yes. They told me this story as we walked through the very windy and cold December day at Foxhills and I was literally crying. Imagine that lost opportunity, if only he’d sent Tessa the letter, could they have spent the last 20 years together. I know we’ll never know, but I read this quote from Mark Twain “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Andrew and Tessa, I wish you many years of exploring, dreaming and discovering together.
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