Laura and Colin – Aldershot and The Village Hotel, FarnboroughBy
Its been a while since I ventured to the other end of Hampshire. Seems like most of my weddings these days are either on the east or in Surrey. For my money a great day out is any day that doesn’t include a motorway. So already this was a winner for me. It was also the third in a triple weekend of wedding goodness so being a short distance from home was also a welcome plus.
I had met Laura and Colin a few years back at the ‘Vogue’ weds ‘National Geographic’ wedding at Bury Court Barn. No…that’s not their real names. I am, in fact, referring to Rachel and Nick. She oozed at the camera and he was more, well, matter of fact. If your friends say a lot about you then I guess this makes sense. Laura is much more Vogue to Colin’s National Geographic. Although Colin being a bit of wild one would probably be found in the topless indigenous tribe part of the magazine. Have I said too much?
Having shot at the church before a number of years ago I remember quite a lot of the layout. I had forgotten, however, about how the vicar likes you in the choir stalls. Close, yes…ideal, no. Luckily I had Darren at the back for a bit. The new bit to the day was The Village Hotel. Its a DeVere property trading under their “Urban Resorts” umbrella. Very trendy indeed. Lots of dark grey walls and downlighters. It was never going to be straight forward. A quick scan of the location before the wedding and I had a few locations in mind. I then went for a little stroll and found a couple of things that blew my mind. Albeit not part of the hotel there is a sexy car park just behind. I know…who shoots in a car park. (raises hand) Then there’s what’s left of a WW2 aircraft engine testing hangar which is part of the Farnborough Airfield. When I say what’s left, its not as if its in a state of disrepair. Its kind of a local monument. Its probably best seen and not described. Stay tuned for that. In any event my heart was set. The wind was up and I figured I had a tough sell in getting them to walk the 200 yds or so to get to Area 51.
When I arrived at the house I bumped into Laura’s Dad out front. He forewarned me. I’m not sure if he was thinking I wouldn’t be interested or whether I would think the weather was too extreme but he wanted to let me know that Colin and Laura are really keen on getting some photos out at the aircraft hangar. RESULT!
Below is a small selection. There’s a load more coming but bonehead here forgot to upload them to Facebook before I left on a short break. So more in a week.
I should have insisted I appear only in gold
Its a look!
How to keep restless kids at bay…sandwiches
Cover me…I’m going in!
You wouldn’t think it…but he’s got a certain ‘girlfriend’ way about him
“THAT is what I want to be for Halloween”
Close…I’ll give you that
Seriously…Colin…what did you do to tick your sister off (center image)
Area 51 baby!
Pay and display
Today’s combine Doppleganger. Kirsty Young (newreader, C5) and David Coulthard (Former F1 driver and BBC pundit)
And a few from Darren
Revealing Colin’s dark secret. He’s Beiber fan!
The taxi firms in Aldershot really take things quite seriously you know (credit to the best man)
“Drink the Kool-Aid”
Clearly NOT one of Darren’s shots (although I did notice that in the receiving line composite there is one of his…opps), but it is Darren!
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