Seriously. What kind of guy WOULDN’T want to shoot a wedding at a place called ‘Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower’. Certainly not me. But before we get there we have a whole other host of locations to get to first. This is a tour of Gosport.
My day started in Alverstoke, which some folks will say isn’t Gosport. But to me the whole peninsula just seems like it should be called Gosport. I’ll be in some serious trouble for that. This is an absolutely gorgeous hamlet, right next to the sea, looking out over Stokes Bay. A location made famous for when US aircraft carriers come to visit but are too big to come into Portsmouth Harbour. I have the pictures to prove it :)
I got to meet the family and the dogs. I love dogs. Plus I got to meet Gran. What a hoot. She was full of all the things that Grans say. Loving, emotional, politically incorrect. Bless. Owing to schedules and Alice’s intense scrutiny of the clock (she’s super duper organised), they were all pretty much ready bar the dresses when I arrived. I did my thing, just differently. It’s all good.
When I left the house and walked back towards my car I saw a church tower just above the trees. Gorgeous I thought. I hadn’t realised, yet, that this was where I was heading.
The outside of the church, whilst amazing, almost fell away to nothing once inside. Grand and awe inspiring. It was a pleasure to get the opportunity to work there and best to be able to sit up front. A wonderful vicar indeed.
On the way back to Explosion, Alice, Matt and I stopped off at a community garden near the church. It held special significance as she played there as a child. Her parents also helped tend the garden so it was even more poignant that we use it as a location as Alice’s father is no longer with us. Despite my ramblings about Explosion I do hold this intimate garden location to be my favourite. There was something ethereal about it. A hidden gem that made it romantic.
Next stop, Explosion! It’s not your average wedding reception location. Whilst I don’t know why they selected it (I have my suspicions), I can say that its unique. Unique and a bit dark. Dark in a challenging way. Dark in a way that makes you see the light for what it is. Dark in a way that makes you bring some of your own light too. There is its spirit. Its USP. Of course the highlight (for me) was to come in the opportunity to get past the locked gate and out onto the ‘jetty’. There, with the clouds and the evening light I was able to use some extra, accent light to create some pretty cool pictures. Ones that will stay with me for a while.