Archive for December, 2010
Its that time of year when everybody starts their retrospective into the past year. The ones on TV can really draw you in. “Top 500 Movie Moments” or “100 Great Urinals in Scotland”. Whenever I try to do the same for a year in wedding photography it always just turns into a mass of indecision and I eventually give up. In fact, I still have the start of one from 2009 in my drafts folder on the blog. So instead, I felt it might be easier to eat the elephant in smaller bites and perhaps, and I’m going to go totally wacky on this one, perhaps even bust out of 2010 and go even further back. To prove I’m not just all talk and no jeggings I’m actually going back to July 2009 to Lainston House and the wedding of Catherine and James. The key in the ‘Remembering’ series is to show something different to the original post. Things that pop out at me in 200px thumbnails that weren’t in the original. So that’ exactly what I have done. Of course, the fact that I really love Lainston House has nothing to do with it. Yep, I’m lying. Some venues you get to a few times and then for one reason or another it fades from memory. This is one Hampshire wedding venue I want to be burned into my mind.
You can see the original post by clicking on the link – Lainston House Wedding Photography.
But you can call him Welly. Honestly. I have the place name to prove it.
On Saturday I ventured to Guildford for the last wedding of 2010. Its one I had been looking forward to shooting ever since Vicky and Welly booked me back at the Loseley House open day in February. I had been to Loseley once before, back in the summer of 2009. I was keen to see how a December wedding played out. I wasn’t disappointed. A grand Christmas tree in the hall made for a warm holiday feeling. Baubles the size of oranges and guests all in black tie contributed to a special occasion. It was like the 10 hours of Christmas minus the 5 golden eggs.
Whilst Darren was following Pinky (sorry, I mean Welly) around Godalming (apparently stopping off at Costa — boys do such different things hours before a wedding) I was hold up in the top floor of the Mandalay Hotel in central Guildford. A great starting point for any Guildford area wedding. I had feared enormous traffic and hordes of Christmas shoppers but thankfully the car park was more than adequate and although a stones throw from town my fears were never realised.
Loseley House’s ceremony room is second to none. Not knowing much about English periods and architecture I can’t say what it is apart from being ‘well cool’ (ala Ali G). Afterwards we all moved to the Tithe Barn where the reception and wedding breakfast takes place. I know my barns. I felt right at home. Throw in some free flowing champagne and wonderful meal (venison sausages and mash), thoughtful speeches, an excellent band and a fabulous couple (with great guests too) and you’ve got a great night.
Let’s play dress up…
The dress ‘hung’ out (geddit?) in Vicky’s parents’ room. I love the look he gives his ‘little girl’ here
Welly…never one to let the wrong words mess up a perfect card
Inside the good ship Loseley
Just a sliver of light…bingo!
Holy giant baubles Batman
Ohhh…right in the baubles
With his flash set at 1/1000000th power
Someone call the traditional photo cops…I’ve been busted
She too couldn’t believe the size of the baubles
On learned that she too had forgotten to set the video for the X-Factor final
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
Plums…baubles…its all getting out of hand!
Would make a great desktop wallpaper
Don’t adjust your sets. Yes it the biggest Minnesota Vikings fan in the UK strutting his stuff
Some took the Band-eoke a bit seriously
Now…two from Darren
(can I just say, that including only two from Darren is damn near criminal. He did a cracking job…only that I’ve run out of time, I’ve got Evan’s Christmas pageant to go to etc etc etc…you did great Mr D!)
Darren….he’s seriously good!
Saturday closed the year known as 2010 out in glorious fashion. A lovely couple, great friends and a fantastic venue. What a way to finish the year.
More from Vicky and Wellington’s wedding tomorrow. But for now, enjoy a Just One.
“You tell him we’re cold…” “No…YOU tell him we’re cold” “NO…YOU!”
Hayley and Brett – A Fabulous Surrey Wedding in Cobham and Painshill Park :
Brett says: “Just wanted to say ‘Wow’!! The photo dvd is absolutely amazing – we really, really love it. Thank you so much! We love every single photo on it (in fact we love all of the 700 plus on the DVD Rom). Thank you for doing such a brilliant job. Cannot wait to see the album!”
Hayley says: “I just wanted to say thankyou so much for everything you have done for us – your images speak a thousand words and tell the story of the day just perfectly – i never really understood what you meant about ‘telling the story’ until i was able to look back at our day which was so beautifully described by you… it was all a blur of adrenalin to me so im so so pleased to be able to look back on it and remember all the bits that are so important. They also ROCK!!! every single one!”
To view a slideshow of Hayley and Brett’s wedding, click here
Christmas cookies with all the trimmings. Its that time of year when Evan is keen to bake and Holly is keen to eat the decorations. Naturally I sit in my office and listen to the bun fight only to escape briefly to take a few pictures.
A few weeks back my great photographer friend Duncan and I took a few hours out to go shoot some personal images. The light at 14:00 promised much but then failed to deliver. However we still made every effort to come up with something. In this instance I tried to use some different processing techniques. Whether I ever use them again is anyones guess…but learning is never a bad thing.