Maddy remembers very clearly the first time she saw Robert; it was during her first week in Kenya at one of the social events which inducted new teachers into life in Kenya and the school. It was at the bar in Braeburn School where they met, Robert walked in with Ewan (his son), and she remembers thinking 'He's all right!' and assumed he must be taken already! At some point they were introduced on the foundation of Rugby; the foundation that their entire relationship is now built on! They talked Rugby, and the stage was set!
The proposal was simple. Robert was planning to keep everything top secret. Step one: Go away for a romantic night in a luxury lodge. Step two: Keep the ring hidden away. Step three: Pop the question over romantic dinner. Simple. It turns out Emma (the owner of the lodge they were staying in) attended the same school as Robert, lots of stories and bottles of wine later, Robert (sensibly) deemed himself too drunk to propose and ran away to bed. It was now down to the next day, and they left the Emakoko lodge to drive out of Nairobi National Park. Stopping on the way, with the air of sophistication and appeal that three bottles of red can supply, and in the presence of several antelope and a nonplussed ostrich, Robert asked Maddy if she would mind being his wife.
How could she resist?
Maddy and Robert got married in the most picturesque location I've ever seen in my career; they joined in holy matrimony under an arch made from palm-tree leaves facing the beautiful Diani Beach in Kenya, Africa. Following the gorgeous ceremony, Maddy and Robert held their wedding reception 200 feet away from the beach in the garden of the Flamboyant Boutique Hotel, and their wedding reception was filled with fairy-lights, speeches, dancing, rugby, pool games and endless amounts of Gin.
In 2016 I photographed Ria and Charlie's wedding in Winchester, the reason I'm mentioning this is that Ria happens to be Roberts sister and they were having great difficulty finding a photographer in Kenya as they were all "seriously expensive and not particularly good". Ria kindly sent me an email in February asking if I was free and two months later on a Monday, I landed at Moi International Airport in Mombasa from London Heathrow and returned to the UK on Friday. I photographed Maddy and Robert for 14 hours on their wedding day at the Flamboyant Boutique Hotel, and I enjoyed myself so much that it only felt like minutes. After a hard days work, I decided to join the guests by having a few gins and having a splash in the pool making sure I kept my camera close by in case anything crazy happened.