Archive for May, 2009
Back to Manor Barn, Buriton for the first time in 2009. I was last there in November last year and with this past Saturday being one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year its little news to learn that things looked a lot different. I had never been a huge fan of bridal prep in the main house. So what better challenge to set myself than to top the charts with a set of new benchmarks. I’m pleased to say I’m quite chuffed. I did get creative lighting happy but it works….so no, its not all reflections and silhouettes but I’m naturally draw to such things. So…on to the show.
Alex’s sister learned quickly why air piano was the lesser of the two art forms
With a room directly opposite the barn, I’ve never known a bridesmaid or bride who couldn’t resist the temptation
Recommended by Midwives internationally (she’ll get it…don’t you worry)
How very flowery
I love little BMs who see the whole thing as a Cinderella story
My Just One
Matt AKA The Joker (in fact, some people call him the Space Cowboy…but I just refer to him as the Gangster of Love)
Alex and Matt tried something completely different at Manor Barn
Awww…thanks…you shouldn’t have!
This was nearly deleted…I’m so glad I didn’t. Its just so natural.
The new Mr and Mrs
Tiny Bubbles (Don Ho)
“Some people call me Maurice”
It never stood a chance
I find lying on the floor a relaxing experience
The Toast Experience (once again..he’ll get it)
Wiping the tears…the Joker went all soft with a poem…proving he really is the Gangster of Love
Darren..or as Matt simply referred to him in his speech “Rob and his…err…um…assistant” (HAHAHA)
He knows why I like it…(don’t you D)
He’s like a chip off the old (or should I say bald) block
Perhaps one of the funniest images I’ve seen in ages!
Its alright in black and white
From the Just One series, its only a few hours since I left Alex and Matt at the beautiful Manor Barn, Buriton. Great to be at a familiar haunt and great to see everything is still as wonderful as ever. Also great to see the magnificent Dennys Catering.
Alex watches guests arrive whilst the final touches are being made to her dress
This morning I’m having a chat with Evan. Today, he’s off to a trampolining session at the local leisure centre. So I ask him if he’s looking forward to it. “Yes”, he says followed by “Daddy, where is it?”. Easy answer, “it’s at the Leisure Centre”. Evan: “Which one?” Daddy (that’s me BTW): “The one you do your swimming lessons and mummy goes to the gym”. Evan: “Arse!”.
Hmm…brain stops..wonders how a 4 year old could argue with me as to where his trampolining lesson was to the point that he disagreed enough to say “ARSE”!.
So I look at him, he looks at me and then he says “ours Daddy?”
Before you ask, yes, that IS how I speak to Holly. Stupid, I know
Last night we were watching “The Apprentice: You’re Fired” and something hit me. We love “The Apprenctice” and have grown to love the follow up show on BBC 2 just as much. In fact, is there a funnier man anywhere than last nights comic guest, Rufus Hound? Anywho, the thing that hit me was the concept of “The One That Got Away”. That being the once other candidate who could just as easily got the swift finger from Sir Alan but didn’t. I then thought about the shots that I select for the blog (remembering that the blog happens within days of the wedding and the remainder of the images aren’t dealt with for a week or more) and how some shots are better than those on the blog. If pushed, and I could do a Wayne’s World style ‘do-over’ what one image would I select with the benefit of hindsight. So in light of that, here is my first “The One That Got Away”
Martin is launching his new website in the next few weeks. He was looking for some bold and different corporate photography to help support his bold brand. Given free reign I was looking for scenes which would help support that. I knew of a few places in Petersfield that I had always wanted to shoot at. Excited, we turned up at the first location only to find someone had spray painted “could hell be any worse than this” on it. Doh! Down 1. We went to my second location to find someone had painted “Revolution” on it. Strangely this kind of fits so we went with it. For our third stop we used some brick walls in the public footpath past Albany Chambers. Finally the fields of the Taro Leisure Centre provided a great backdrop with some great skies. So three rather normal locations made more interesting with light (and a touch of grafitti). Whodathunkit?
On Saturday Darren and I made the cross country journey to Brighton to photograph the wedding of Elly and Adam at Stanmer House in Stanmer Park. Nothing sends fear into the heart of a road traveller than the words Brighton and Bank Holiday Weekend combined. Lucky for us that Elly’s parent’s house as well as Stanmer Park weren’t all that close to the mayhem known as the Brighton seafront. Sadly this meant I had to turn down Eggs Benedict with Fat Boy Slim (I just call him ‘Norm’) thanks to head on collisions, farm traffic and daft civil engineering projects. OK, I’m lying about part of that, its up to you to work it out. Elly and Adam, as well as their guests, made us feel at home even if a few of them flashed a couple of Magnums at us..luckily, there were no Blue Steel’s (sighs in relief). All the same, it great to photograph a wedding on BH weekend in the (soon to be) summer sunshine.
You know its going to be a good day when….
This will no doubt tickle the Van Trapps
What?…2 shoes on the blog and the second aren’t even the Bride’s….take that man to the institution!
I’m expecting her to say “breathe, breathe through it”..but she didn’t
Taking some hard tipple before the guests arrive…
…with some decent stuff. Brought by … not the best man … but the chap who organised the stag do. Classic!
Look mate…its only a flower…you’ll be fine
Oh look…perhaps my last unobstructed view of anyone for the next 25 minutes..GRRRR
See what I mean….
But it did make an interesting ‘through the pillars’ shot
“A moat and a duck island for EVERYONE!”
Serious comment. First time ever I’ve seen a handwritten, personalised not for EVERY guest on their table place. I can’t be sure but I’m guessing the contents are more meaningful than Christmas cracker jokes.
Take’m to a nice secluded spot, instruct the Groom to give her to ‘Groom Love(tm)’ and then realise you were only 40 yards from the drinks reception. Uh oh.
Wonderful restored manor house…exquisite decaying doors. A match made in wedding-dom
Plasma…or what that LCD?
Recipe: Bubbles, A Point and Click, Fun Guest
You know when you’ve been sprinkled!
No…honestly…this makes PERFECT sense
Toast in German is….wait for it….toast. Of course I was looking in the breakfast translation department so who knows
It seemed an odd time to practice his Vincent Price impersonation
BM — No not ‘that’ BM…The Best Man BM
I nearly missed this…it took me a second to figure out why she was hamming it up for the crowd. Its funny…therefore I like it.
Proof we’re all just full of hot air
Sadly, not everyone gets the whole ‘toast, german, breakfast’ thing…as evidenced by contestant number 3
Decided to NOT select the Just One dancing shot this week
The ladies were left bemused when the question came from the DJ “would those gents wearing ladies underwear please raise your hands”
And Now…back by popular demand….Darren (he never actually left)
He said “damn, I focused on her hand”. I said “good”
Time for her first BOT
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Con-feta … great in salad
Rim(ish) light. Nice one D!
No plasma OR LCD here
He was a bit bummer he missed this one…I say, its perfect.
She wasn’t expecting the Star Trek transporter to be so effective