Archive for May, 2012
It was one of those roundabout recommendations. You start off thanking the Bride and Groom (in this case Peta and Philip from a few years ago) and then realise it had nothing to do with. Well…not true…it had everything to do with them. But ultimately it was the photos over the should of a colleague at work (thanks Tim) which got this all started. The world moves in mysterious ways.
Hot. That’s a nice easy way to describe the last few days. Hot hot hot is probably the way the boys would describe Saturday. Three layers and 26 degrees C isn’t the finest combination. But I bet no one would have turned it down. Its funny…if its hot the boys suffer a bit…if its cold the girls suffer. Venus, Mars, Tomatoe, Tomato…let’s not call the whole thing off. Saturday was hot (you get that) but what was more challenging was the cloudless sky. No respite at all. It makes it challenging for me (and any photographer really). But its a nice change to the challenge of trying not to get wet. So I’ll take it.
Hannah takes the cake for the most nervous bride in a while. The word beautiful was banned…it was a trigger word. I resorted to exceptional average. I hope she got my comedy.
This was an adventure to a new place. Not an unfamiliar setting but a new place. The Priory near Stevenage is a delightful little barn (hey…you know me and barns) with some beautiful (sorry, exceptionally average) grounds. Despite the heat the barn itself was a cool retreat. I was rather at home in its confines. However, its worth mentioning that whilst it was a delightful barn and well lit … it was lit with fluorescent bulbs. Cue fluctuating colour waves, variable output and general oddities. Hence why just about everything inside the barn is in black and white.
Due to package choice there won’t be an extended Facebook gallery this week.
Finally, some of you camera heads may be interested to know that some of the images included in the gallery were taken with a Fuji X-Pro 1 body with 18 and 35mm lenses. I will simply mark them with an (x).
Exceptional average dress (x)
Exceedingly average shoes (x)
Stupendously … oh forget it
The bridemaid bootcamp hazing was far more intense than I was expecting
You are the sunshine of my …
The dress goes on and the crowd of neighbours begins to build
Not from Arabia…his is an English guy…probably never fought the Turkish
Nope…not nervous one bit
bottom left (x)
colour oddities can be eliminated when choosing to take a path through (parklife) — or 1/30th of a second
Hannah lets her feeling know on the subject of formals
Now wondering if my fly was down?
7 people…all with someone different on their minds
yeah…I see you…don’t worry…oh
Going for the sweet bomb (x)
Everybody was kung fu fighting
Dreaming of hot salsa (they ARE going to South America for honeymoon)
Posing next to the Ark
Upon learning neither of us were wearing pants
That’s the problem…as soon as one wants one, so does everyone else
Cake O’….forget it
Whilst Darren did come, I was unable to get any images on today…sorry D (and his adoring fans)
Man…its been a while. I often just post images on my Facebook timeline of the kiddos. But its been so long and since I didn’t have a wedding this weekend its seems the perfect opportunity. So here’s a few of my growing brood.
FWIW, she selected that ensemble of clothes. A eye for something I’m sure.
Don’t mess with the natives
The tooth fairy has a permanent base here at number 62
I love it when clever people with a keen eye for creativity get in touch. They just book me. No hassles. You know they dig you…what you do…how you do it…and let you do it. Welcome to the wedding of Alice and Cliff at Nettlestead Place. A sensational day at a sensational place with (and you’ve got to be pretty lucky this year for this last part) sensational weather. What a day…that’s all I can say. Good times…and that’s an understatement I can assure you.
I had worked at Nettlestead Place once before a few years ago. It must be the location because they were pretty darn cool too. This was the first time I got to experience the ceremony and bridal preparations in the main house. Pretty special. Strangely I’m a loss for what to say. The day was just that amazing. Alice is simply stunning…and later I found out why she had that ‘glow’. Delivered in Cliff’s speech was the news that they are expecting. Talk about seeing a room full of women melt (and a room full of attached yet unmarried men going “damn you…married and expecting in the same day…I’ll get you for this Cliff!”. I can’t thank you all enough for making us so, so welcome and having a perfect day for us to capture. Totally…totally loved it!
There will be more…lots more…to see on my Facebook Business Page. But first you need to look through these then at the end you’ll find the link. When you visit don’t hesitate to tag yourself, make comments and ‘like’ the page. It doesn’t hurt! Promise!
After an entrance like that I’m wondering where the queue for Space Mountain is
Here’s the haunted house…the only thing left were her shoes
ear you go
Snack time (at the Oasis)
What fluffy slippers you have Grandma
Now…what was Alice’s maiden name again?
….is the RIGHT answer
With this (onion) ring, I thee wed
Just a little bit of wee
the classical photography police are waiting on my doorstep to take me away
My patented bum squeeze
Nuttin’ beats a bit o’bacon
I don’t want to say I see a Doppleganger…but my oh my you have had an excellent season for United haven’t you Wayne
Nope…its Jason Statham now
Errr…umm….I have no idea
They announced they’re pregnant during Cliff’s speech. Tissues EVERYWHERE!
Umm..dude…its just a cake! Slowly steps back to a safe distance
And now a few from Chuck Norris — AKA Darren
I have no idea if this is posed…and frankly…I don’t care
You’re a legend D!
As promised, you can see a few more on my Facebook Business Page gallery of Alice and Cliff’s Nettlestead Place wedding.
Finally. Finally the weather broke. And if the weather ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Some sunshine graced us all in this second weekend in May. Sadly the temperatures we more akin to early March. Despite this the day went off without the need for an umbrella which makes a refreshing change.
Speaking of all things unexpected I guess you have to mention Megan in a dress. By her own admission she feels more comfortable in wellies and a jumper (I’m assuming trousers fit in there somewhere). Despite her preference I reckon she pulled off the great white gown pretty damn well. Maybe for a laugh you guys can switch outfits for your first anniversary. Just a thought :) (I now know I’ve got Megan’s attention)
I should probably explain that the Best Man and Brother of the Bride had a bit of an accident a few weeks ago. He was only let out of hospital for the day to attend the wedding. Hence the exceedingly relaxed nature you’ll find Sam in on may occasions. He is a superstar for making the effort not only to come along, but get into his Best Man’s diggs for the day. Of course I reckon he gets his soft side from his Dad. You may also notice that mum makes a speech in lieu of Amos. Being an old softie he couldn’t bring himself to do it. Luckily Mum stepped in and despite Dad not actually writing a speech for her to read she took ‘wing it’ to an exceptionally fantastic level. I was very impressed!
Tithe Barn was lovely…as usual. Its great to see the grounds coming to life after a long winter.
There will be more on my Facebook Business Page. Have a look through these and then carry on with the link at the bottom.
second week in a row ‘Hot’ came near a pair of shoes
Did someone say BACON!
Tie me up takes on a whole new meaning
Nice…and totally unposed
My what a difference a couple of decades makes
Sam didn’t need to be encouraged to relax
Mario Wedding Cart
Amos hands her over…free. What was he thinking!?
Charley remembers she forgot to see the video for BGT
This is NOT a photo of confetti at Tithe Barn as its not allowed
“you pointing at me?”
Add bigger hair and you’ve got my Doppleganger … Ladies and Gentleman .. Lyle Lovett (to be fair Stephen is a million times better looking that Lyle)
The 19th Hole was larger than I had expected
Go Wendy go!
Stop it you!
Now he strangely looks nothing like Lyle!
And a few from Mr D! (aka Darren)
Rome wasn’t built in a day
Cracking images Darren!
As promised…here is a link to more images on my Facebook Business Page. Stephen and Megan’s Tithe Barn Wedding Photo Preview
“You are my wife now DAVE!”
That line may mean nothing to you. In fact, a few short months ago, it meant nothing to me either. Then Gemma and Pete met up with me for a pre-wedding shoot and enlightment began. I kind of just stood there, listened, admired and shortly put it out of my head. Then, bless her, Gemma sent me some YouTube links from ‘The League of Gentlemen’ and I entered their circle of comic trust. Pete (Dave) had told me he found the entire skit disturbing. After 2 minutes I was firmly in the Pete camp. The mind of a comic is truly twisted. I wonder what that says about Gemma?
We move on. Sunday. What a day. I started the day in 3 layers of clothes, two pairs of socks, a sleeping bag and in a tent. Yes, it was Beaver Camp and I had slept in a tent for the previous two days. Sounds classy I know. After that I couldn’t take on the world. But who ever expected such cold weather in May. On my way home my car told me it was 0 degrees C. Zero…as in freezing…zilch. Its May for goodness sakes. I digress. For Gemma and Dave (sorry…Pete) it was a bit disappointing that for the most part everyone stayed indoors. Stoke Place is a gorgeous venue with some stunning grounds. On the plus side, with everyone inside they could hear ‘tinkering’ on the baby grand piano of a number of guests as well as Pete himself. What a smoothie you are Peter!
For me the day simply flew by. I love days where everything flows so well. Thank you so much guys for letting me join you. I had a fantabulous time!
There will be, as almost always, more on my Facebook Business Page. Before that though you get to look at the images below. The link will be at the end.
The warning was issued!
I want one of those ‘caution : hot’ signs for my loo!
As a quick sign of reassurance Gemma lets me know there is a bit love for me from her. Bless!
Pete’s first ‘smooth operator’ move of the day
Mum hugs are always the best
Some chill time — a bride…ready early? Surely not!
He’s not so keen
“I’m keeping my eye on you Kowalski” (cute and cuddly boys…cute and cuddly)
Today’s Doppleganger : The Bridal Suite Ornamental Soft Pillow and Captain Caveman!
…are doing it for themselves
Which quickly turned to “The Avengers”
Back in the day BEFORE store bought frames came with photos of others peoples kids
Still cute and cuddly
Shiny, happy, people
Far right…taking it all a bit TOO seriously
I loved Pete’s Mash Up of Clapton and Pachebel
A simple grab moment…I love it
Smoked Oak at Stoke
For a smiley, she can ‘burn’ really well!
Burn! Of course the hot water pipe helped!
Yes…the speeches were broken up into two parts
Now…I guess you’re interested in seeing more. I sure hope so. Hopefully you’ll pop on over to my Facebook Business page to have a look at around 100 more images. Whilst you’re there don’t hesitate to ‘Like’ my page. I don’t bite. Then you can tag yourself if you so happen to stumble across an image with you in it. Besides…you have to go on over just to see the very last image. Its a corker and as a result I’ll probably have a bounty on my head!
Its been a while…nearly a month in fact…since the first wedding of Grace and Adam in Chelsea followed by a reception at Horsley Towers in Surrey. Since they were also getting married in Chicago at the end of April and wanted to present a slideshow of images from the UK wedding it made sense to hold fire on postintg until after the US wedding. That way you wouldn’t have a room full of folks who have already seen the surprise presentation. So. Step back in time, to the end of March, when we actually had sunshine and warm weather (eh?), before the apocalyptic rain fall and my own holiday. In one way it seemed like yesterday…in others a lifetime ago (although I’m guessing thats to do with the weather).
Grace had an ambitious plan. Get ready at Horsley Towers just outside of the M25 and then bring her, the Bridesmaids, parents and a load of guests to Chelsea for a magical service at a truly beautiful church. What they hadn’t expected was the FA deciding to move the start time of the Chelsea / Tottenham match. Throw in an overturned car on the A3, a bus driver who ‘knew a shortcut’ and thousands footie fans and you’ve got Grace and Adam’s ‘first half’.
All’s well that ends well as they say and despite her wedding car not making to the first leg of the journey and a number of guests (and yours truly travelling with the aforementioned guests) arriving 30 minutes past the scheduled start time of the wedding and you’ve got that this wedding photographer isnt going to forget in a hurry.
We got the best of everything. A Mother of the Bride speech as well as Bride’s speech. Sparkling sunshine and a comfortable 70 degree day (Fahrenheit provided for our transatlantic visitors). Plus the coolest evening wear ever in traditional African dress
Technically this was slightly premature
Preparing for my secret career as a mother’s entertainer
That’s one seriously cool set of make up widgets
Google Bracelet View (about as well known and used as Google +)
Shortly finding out what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immoveable one
Image By Darren! – Sweet!
If Carlsberg did stairs…
Grace and her Father – this church is amazing. From the street you wouldn’t even know it was there. This is just the entry hall!
I love this!
Eventually the wedding car made it. Adam could actually see it stuck in the stationary traffic on the A3 just after the incident.
Horsley was originally a family residence .. there’s a common architectural theme which runs throughout
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