Rankin (left) and Jack Guinness attend the launch of Loyalty & Love / ©Getty Images for Marriott Bonvoy)
Marriott Bonvoy, the travel program from Marriott International, last week launched a new and exciting concept, Loyalty & Love, at a star-studded event in one of London’s most exclusive hotels.
The hotel group has collaborated with world-renowned photographer Rankin to produce a series of stories that celebrate the deeply human stories of loyalty and love around the globe.
Fifteen couples, each with their own unique story, have been captured in 15 Marriott Bonvoy hotels across Europe. Subjects range from Olympic champions to Marriott International employees to Marriott Bonvoy members, but all of the stories share a common theme that celebrates two priceless commodities: Loyalty and love.
Those involved include Vicky McClure and fiancé, Jonny Owen; Olympic gold medallists, Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh; film critics Mark Kermode and wife Linda Ruth Williams; artist and designer Quentin Jones and husband George Northcott and fashion influencer twins Hermon and Heroda Berhane.
Kate Richardson-Walsh poses with Rankin at the launch / ©Getty Images for Marriott Bonvoy)
A particularly inspiring story is that of Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, who in 2016 became the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold medal. The pair were both members of the Great British women’s hockey team, who triumphed against the odds in Rio de Janeiro.
“Winning an Olympic medal is an experience that’s so unique, it’s nice to be able to share it with someone who knows exactly what it took to get there,” Kate said.
Photographer Rankin attended the launch event at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, and was joined by a team of celebrity friends including, model Jack Guinness, the aforementioned McClure, designer Henry Holland, model/DJ Mary Charteris, actress Eleanor Tomlinson and model/activist Munroe Bergdorf.
Hosted by Guinness, Rankin conducted a Q&A at the event discussing the Loyalty & Love collaboration, along with recounting anecdotes from his illustrious career.
The collaboration celebrates the launch of Marriott Bonvoy, the travel program which lets members earn and redeem points with 30 brands and more than 7,000 hotels worldwide. Explore the collection of stories at marriottloyaltyandlove.com