It all started about a year ago. I’m in the safe confines of pub when an email arrives. The specifics elude me but it goes something like this: “umm…I feel like a stalker because I was in town before Christmas and see this little boy and immediately I go ‘hey, that’s Evan and his mummy’…I feel like a stalker”. Yes, Gemma, you kind of are BUT in a really good way. So it goes that when your face hits the blog its always a possibility you too may be famous :)
The last time I made my way to Manor Barn it was warm, sunny and Christmas was a distant thought. On Saturday it was all about tinsel, trees and twinkling lights. Christmas weddings are always wonderful. Often prospective December clients get in touch in September and say “hey…how about a discount…its December and you’re not busy”. I love to say “well…actually…I booked your date a year ago and I’ve got more weddings in December than May but have a nice time anyway.” Quietly satisfying…
It was great to work with some old favourites. Obviously Manor Barn and the entertaining Jan and Tim. Dennys Catering did their usual magic with amazing food and hospitality (who knew pigeon could taste so good). Last but not least another ‘Liss-ite’ in Heavenly Scent flowers provided a splash of colour on a cold winters day. It was quite satisfying when I mentioned to Gemma about working with old friends that she tells me she used the list of suppliers on the site as the framework for her choices…sensible when you live in Amsterdam (make mine a Royale with Cheese). My list isn’t random…I’ve worked with everyone and totally endorse their work.
I buzzed by Matt’s room when I dropped off Darren…
…little did I know he had a fetish for rubber (ducks)
Pack your bags…(you’ve pulled)
I have a rule for bridal prep shots…NO BUSH!
I show this image NOT because I like it…in fact, the next image is the image in the sequence I really like…no, I show it merely so that I can share with the world the towels left on the railings that Gemma’s mum prayed for me not to include! Mind you she found 1000s of things she didn’t want me to shoot…most of which I had no intention of…but its nice to see reality in these things…eh?
Buy it Now
Gemma helps the Matt’s sister and Bridesmaid
Just spray it Gemma…I’ll quickly walk through!
Gemma gives Dad a big hug…she thought he was teary…but we both know about the eye drops don’t we!
…its dark, its moody…kinda reminds me of film
This was nearly my Just One
Matt cracks a smile safe in the knowledge that some 19 million people are going to be watching (oh, wait…wrong statistic)
I’m such a softy…Matt’s sister finds it all too much
Gemma and Matt exchange a warm embrace…meanwhile the set of Twister 2: Havant Bites It gets a little too close in the background
..no seriously…perhaps we should run for cover!
Jack and Rose
Just add lightening
Grandad reckons he’s pulled
The Calendar Girls (yes, that’s what they called themselves)…I’ve been invited to be Ms June!
Manor Barn at dusk
Manor Barn in Wide-o-vision
My entrenched fascination with security lights looks set to continue
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Apparently this is the bit where they decided if I was going in with a thong or a pair of Bridget Jones’
And now a few from the Tenacious D – Darren
I love this image…mum pokes her head out to wish Matt good luck
We’ve stepped back in time…damn you dodgy camera clock!
Its where all the cool kids hang out! Palm tree, cocktails and the smell of coconut vegetable oil…it is HAYLING ISLAND!
One of Darren’s top images. Sweet!
Another angle on the Just One