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“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!
Another Fab 4. Another quick as melting butter in the microwave post as well. Gotta get all geared, charged and loaded up for tomorrow’s wedding. But I just had to post something from today as I got in earlier than usual and the Mrs is out. So, a few from Claire and Mark’s ‘Spring’ wedding at Silchester House. More on Monday afternoon.
I don’t normally like Fab 4s to include a detail…but I quite like this shoe shot.
My secret studio!
My Daddy had a saying…he used to say it about people he really got on with. Folks he really understood. He used to say “them’s my kind of people”. He wasn’t trying to be a literary genius, he was just a redneck from Southwest Virginia transplanted to the urban metropolis of the Washington DC area. He also wasn’t the only person to use it, but he was the first person to use it in front of me. I win!
Emma is a known quantity. She and my wife have been friends since ‘grade’ school (I don’t know what ya’ll call it here). She’s in some of my own wedding photos from 16 years ago. So in my head, I had Emma all summed up. Sure, Uni and work meant that my wife hasn’t seen her as much as she used to but if pressed I could give her a character reference in a BBC News interview if she was held up by a group of Nigerian pirates. Darren on the other hand. He was the mystery. The unknown quantity. The man we all wanted to meet.
I got the first opportunity when I met up with them a week or so before the wedding. We share the same hair cut so I knew he couldn’t be all bad. I was right. What a wonderful chap. Emma…you done good now, ya’hear. I reckon the combination would win the coveted Gene Burress “my kinda people” tag line. That’s good enough for me. Add Ollie and Harrison and you’ve got the unstoppable team.
I had heard about the Compleat Angler. Even driven by a couple of times. This was my first visit. We seemed to visit on a day not best suited. First, the infamous Marlow Bridge was being renovated. What a bummer…I suppose since the bridge was the model used to Budapest’s Chain Bridge I could simply Photoshop in some of my recent photos from our mini break back in March. Second the weather…it wanted to be warm, but it couldn’t. It did rain briefly but only during the meal…so there was some good luck. By the time the sun came out, the wind got up to a good force so only the hardiest took in the wonderful location by the Thames. These things though….they don’t really matter. People worry about weather, spend ages finding vintage cups etc etc…all great things I suppose. But in reality its all about the people. Follow the people, follow the light. That’s my motto. In 10 years I don’t care about a ribbon on silverware holder…I care about my friends, family and how that day made me feel. So despite the weather, its all good!
After the images you’ll be given the chance to a) be notified and get a 20% discount on reprints and b) get a link to even more images on my Facebook Business page. But for now, enjoy this small selection in the knowledge you can see more later.
BTW, Emma and Darren are really keen on Black and White. So I’ve honoured that.
I’m trying to remember why its only Emma who isn’t smiling
The Fullbrook Crew – Jo, Debs, Nicola, Lisa with Ben and Tariq on the wing — AKA Table 9 (plus me)
Ollie provides some wedding photography gold!
Normal service resumes
I tried to make a feature of the light…but for most of the day it was more than a little tricky
I don’t often include Signing O’The Register Shots…but I like this one
Digging deep for the Pimms gold!
There they are again!
Lesson 13 – Why its essential to hire a professional. Can you guess which image wasn’t taken by me but rather by Jo (of course the fact that I appear in one should be the clue)
It was all going so well until Emma’s mum (hot pink on the right) decided to do a Glee Slushee on them…poor souls never knew what was coming!
For the Best Man…its all about the hands
I’m guessing that was something they would have rather have not been made public
Blue are you (blue, blue)
Darren admits to having ‘one move’. Which he used rather well!
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Why does half term always come at the wrong time? With two weddings this past weekend and two next having only one day to work this week due to childcare etc is going to make life a bit challenging. I’m only able to do this because its 6:30am and the kids are with their Grandparents for a few hours. So the big blogs for both weddings won’t come until Thursday.
This was a special one for me. Emma and Nicola have known each other since school…quite when I’m not sure (and she’s not here to remind me). But safe to say at least as long as boys have been interesting. I could really make Emma gasp if I scanned a photo from my own wedding album where you can find her and the rest of the girlies standing outside a church near Guildford nearly 16 years ago. But I won’t — at least for now. So Saturday, whilst a full on working day, was also a day for seeing a few old friends and meeting a few new ones. I sat at a table with my wife and perhaps shot more dancing than I ever have. Of course I also enlisted the help of 3 different assistants. The first being Darren (my Darren, not the groom), the second Darren’s (this time the Groom — how very confusing) son and the mad Jo (of Jo and Vicki fame). In fact, I seem to recall a few taken by Debs as well. Royalties are going to be difficult!
Here’s a few — a Fab 4 +1
Serbia’s finest :)
More on Thursday
Dear Krissie and Ben,
Aloha! OK, so that’s not what they say in Barbados but I’m guessing as you are there and I’m here you’re probably ready to laugh that one off. First off Krissie…would you believe its been cloudy all day today. Its just not fair! Regardless of those facts I hope your trip to sandy beaches has been a good one. I wanted to tell you both ‘thanks’ for having both Darren and I along to your most fantastic wedding. I wanted to recall some of things that stuck in my mind. Krissie’s messy room. Your words, not mine. I couldn’t bring myself to post the picture but I’ve got it. Dr Dresslove..aka the one in the rubber gloves. Pure class when adding a bracelet…divine idea. That choir…oh that choir. Someone call Piers Morgan NOW! The love bug…thankfully it was convertable otherwise who knows what you would have got up to. Those lovely details…cookies of Cookie, love hearts (yes, I have a photo of Darren chowing down…I told you he couldn’t resist) and the flip flops. I really hope it was a flip flop only affair on the dance floor. Speaking of chowing down…thanks for the cupcake. Phwoah…that was amazing. Krissie as the melting Bride…for sure never to see the light of day on the website but a good laugh. Ben…you never once asked a silly photo question. You let me down. :) Finally to the Bear. You’re not all that! I’ve got so many photos of you and photos never lie…all I can see is a tender side. Quiet…stoic…but never grizzly. Perhaps I’m lucky to never see the Bear when he’s not in hibernation. To family, friends and even George, thanks for having us.
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Uno, dos, tres
We asked Paul the ‘Psychic’ Octopus to pick a winner and he called it a draw
“would you like to stroke my Cookie?”
Professional criminals are often prepared but not generally so stylish
I heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart you
I’m guessing Ben has a message
Why the tongue?
EXIT (see, most great shots in this HSE world are runined by ‘signs’. Not so here so I felt compelled to add to it)
No doubt the coordinator at Stoke Place will be falling over his/herself to get a hold of this one
Kimi….? Kimi? Geez. Just know that any further comments will be delivered in a mono-syballic tone whilst looking exceedingly disinterested in tandem with my straight brow gangster style baseball cap.
Ladbrokes has them 7/2 for the next to tie the knot
Sorry…just went up to 14-1
Ben gets sincere whilst Krissie’s mum just dares me to read her poker face
How very American
And now a few from Darren – Naughty by name, naughty by nature
Some people let a little bit of wee out when they get excited (Apprentice 2009) – Ben deals with it in other ways.
Pretty simple list
Wiping a tear away or preparing to go into character as Capt Jack from Pirates of the Carribean – you make the call.
Kiss Kiss (bang bang…great film BTW)
Great idea D!
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Buckinghamshire isn’t exactly Brokeback Mountain but there are lots of horses. And horses are exactly what brought Jess and Jason together in the form of Polo. So it seemed that horses should play a major role in the day and on that front they didn’t disappoint. Horses on the invitations, the maps, a polo stick exit from the church, horse ride from the church to the reception, a gallop in the fields and even horses on the cake.
Nope…that’s not Jess
And neither is this…
The fetish continues…here combining two in one
Ahah! Jess! Telling her mum how lovely she looks. Bless.
Jason marries big wall…ok, not really…but this was a tough church to work in. Granted I could have stood at the back (and that is, in fact, what Darren did), but there was always going to be something more emotive if I could get to the front. Look for things and they are often there…
..but my reward came in a wonderful unobstructed view of this..WHICH…
put me in pole position for the first hugs…
…and a happy mum of the groom
Teaches me to say cheese
Cruel and unusual
One of the Polo club
My Just One
5 short but still rather Magnificent
The following is a public service announcement
The use of Benadryl and shotgun shells is strictly forbidden!
What’s wrong (or perhaps right) about this photo? They both have2 drinks…possibly?
Mambo No 5
The FOB picked an odd time to pay homage to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’
Before you ask…totally normal
The bonus of imaginary drinks is that
a) you never have to queue at the bar
b) your drink never gets warm in the summer sunshine
c) the paracetamol you take in the morning is strictly for placebo purposes
Jason has an endearing (yet chronically late) personality. He had all the women and half the blokes in tears…all because he consistently misses birthdays, anniveraries and holidays. Smooth operator!
Wood? (could apply to both of the above pictures really)
A special surprise video presentation…this time from the bride to the groom
Lilly makes a guest appearance
And a few from my very much missed and trusty sidekick…Darren
I love that in the time I’ve worked with Darren I’ve developed an implicit trust of his work…
When asked if they could play Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tuba-lar Bells’ my joke was met little response. I wonder if they had the blue M&M’s removed from the green room as well :)
‘Cause this is Thriller….’
Seems a fitting way to end this today