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I’ve woken up this morning considering what form of civil disobedience I should employ. It appears that the Trade Unions are insisting we all do something. Unfortunately I’ve only come up with refusing the watch EastEnders and speaking to all public official in that annoying X-Factor voice over guys voice. Not sure if it will be effective but I don’t want it to be like the 60s…everyone has a story and I didn’t even turn up.
Speaking of the 60s (or 70s or 80s) Darren and I had a surreal conversation the other day. It goes like this:
Darren: “Have you ever seen the movie ‘When Harry Met Sally’?
Rob: (in utter disgust that such a question could be asked of a movie so iconic that it nearly defined a generation) “Umm…yes. In fact, I remember when it was in the cinema…1988, 1989?”
Darren: “I wasn’t even born yet”
Congratulations to Gabrielle and Simon who were married at Manor House, Buriton on Friday afternoon. Simon is a keen photographer. Always great to work for someone who knows what they are looking at. I hope the rest of the evening was as great as the day. I loved the funky floor.
As is the case these days…here are a few images but you can see a load more on the Facebook Preview Gallery.
I wondered where I left those….
I have this sinking feeling
Wag the tails
“’cause this is thriller…thriller night…and no one’s gonna save you from he beast about to strike”
…o terrorise y’alls neighbourhood
What a character…
This image is cymbalic (groans)
Bubbles are a bit more vicious than in my day
No love…I don’t get it either
John…also known as Anne’s (a wonderful Bride of mine from last year who about to drop any day now) brother
Tour of Duty
A gallery of peanuts and not a snoopy in sight
Honesty is not always the best policy
And now a few from Darren
R.I.P Postman Pat
See. I told you there were Zombies…
Teaching a child the ‘Pulp Fiction’ dance…nice
Remember that you can see loads more on the Facebook Preview Gallery.
Well, I feel real bad. You see I had like 5 minutes to select my just one…and I was kind of leaning towards a shot that had neither the Bride or Groom in it. Sure, if it was something special to them…their dog or fancy set of shoes, I could probably do it. But what if its their cousin. Sometimes wild things hit my mind and when I saw him I knew he had to be mine. I was waiting for the divine intervention….and sure enough it rolled up at 43 minutes past 3 yesterday afternoon. But to kind of cleanse my soul I’ve added two more ‘just ones‘. Redemption is a wonderful thing.
Here…Simon takes advantage of my rolling studio. Look closely and you can still see the old lettering before it was sold!
On any normal day this would easily be a just one. They’re either having a first dance or paying homage to Tron. Not sure which.
This…sorry…is my just one. I saw this chap in the seats during the ceremony. Super stylish and I knew he could pull off something…I just wasn’t sure what. I approached him afterwards…”I have to photograph you”. Oddly enough he does Wedding Videos by trade but as a family member took the day off. He agreed. Now all I needed was a good idea. Where, oh, where. Then at 3:43pm up rolled a red panel van. Sure, it has a shiny surface…and evidenced by Simon’s shot it used to be owned by Cannought (yes, the clan recent saved from administration)….but I really didn’t care. It was a unique, one off, never to repeated opportunity with a chap just fit for the light set up (Simon wasn’t too bad either). So here you go.
I was at a loose end on Friday, so I popped down to Manor Barn, tied up their booked photographer and pretended to be a friend filling in. Strange thing is….they bought it. How else would I have got the chance to spend a day with Peta (pronounced Pete-uh) and Philip (yes, Philip, not Phil). Peta figured Murphy’s Law would catch up with her with the run of good weather coming to an end hours before the wedding. Luckily for her (and Philip) it was just a misplaced moment of anxiety and the weather (much to the shagrin of 100′s of thousands of tourists trying to get around or into Europe) stayed fine and dry. Manor Barn was its usual inviting self with its warm sunshine and open courtyard lending a hand in setting the scene for a wonderful Hampshire wedding reception. Of course it can’t go unmentioned that behind the oven and in front of house was the magnificent Sean and Sue Denny from Dennys Catering. Simply wonderful food from an exceptional Hampshire wedding caterer. I know that Peta and Philip were due to head out to Morocco yesterday. I’m guessing Ehjjsdkljsdfjjdjsdf (that volcano thingy) put a downer on that. Fingers crossed they can get something wonderful as an alternative! Good luck guys…
I can’t vote, but I reckon the shoes are going Conservative
My Just One — become a fan for this one off introductory offer
Objects in mirror are no closer than they appear
Even mini-Bridesmaids can ‘clasp’
There might be clasping – or giants
Dress me up (before you go go)
Tissues — seriously – to wipe the ash out of your eyes
Good cop, bad cop
waiting for brido
At first I thought Philip was just distracted…then I realised he was obliging the pap
MIL gets in first
its a complete aside…but as I’m trying to think of something witty, ‘Club Tropicana’ by Wham comes on my iTunes…God’s way of telling me more Tequila?
That’s just daff(odil)
Stranded but unlikely to be rescued by the Navy
Tequila makes everyone smile
He’s clasping the Tequila — at least I thought it was the Tequlia
..wonders where the Tequila has gone
I’m guessing I’ve solved the mystery
Checking his trouser pockets I can now reveal…I was wrong
Its never who you thought it was…just like a good episode of Scooby Doo
Confetti — 6 hours late
Doppleganger-tastic – - Ladies and Gentlemen — Bob Newhart!
And a few the celebrated Kerang photographer, Darren
Give the English 5 minutes of sunshine….
Darren is the master at stealing Point and Shoot flash light
The bouquet is loaded and she’s not afraid to use it
Darren quickly discovers why not using your real name is a good idea in this business
Darren, from his unique vantage point, learned all about Philip’s rubber hand gag
Suddenly my travel chaos on Wednesday seems pale in comparison to Volcano-gate. What a mess…metaphorically and literally. I’ve got a friend stranded in Barbados. Sounds fun, but when you’ve got nowhere to stay I’m sure the lustre wears off…
As for Peta and Philip…they lost two guests to the travel chaos. Not bad going when Peta’s mum is from Boston. Getting home…well, that might be a little different. Peta and Philip also were planning on starting their honeymoon in Morocco on Sunday. Sadly that seems unlikely at the moment. Fingers crossed for everyone.
It all started about a year ago. I’m in the safe confines of pub when an email arrives. The specifics elude me but it goes something like this: “umm…I feel like a stalker because I was in town before Christmas and see this little boy and immediately I go ‘hey, that’s Evan and his mummy’…I feel like a stalker”. Yes, Gemma, you kind of are BUT in a really good way. So it goes that when your face hits the blog its always a possibility you too may be famous :)
The last time I made my way to Manor Barn it was warm, sunny and Christmas was a distant thought. On Saturday it was all about tinsel, trees and twinkling lights. Christmas weddings are always wonderful. Often prospective December clients get in touch in September and say “hey…how about a discount…its December and you’re not busy”. I love to say “well…actually…I booked your date a year ago and I’ve got more weddings in December than May but have a nice time anyway.” Quietly satisfying…
It was great to work with some old favourites. Obviously Manor Barn and the entertaining Jan and Tim. Dennys Catering did their usual magic with amazing food and hospitality (who knew pigeon could taste so good). Last but not least another ‘Liss-ite’ in Heavenly Scent flowers provided a splash of colour on a cold winters day. It was quite satisfying when I mentioned to Gemma about working with old friends that she tells me she used the list of suppliers on the site as the framework for her choices…sensible when you live in Amsterdam (make mine a Royale with Cheese). My list isn’t random…I’ve worked with everyone and totally endorse their work.
I buzzed by Matt’s room when I dropped off Darren…
…little did I know he had a fetish for rubber (ducks)
Pack your bags…(you’ve pulled)
I have a rule for bridal prep shots…NO BUSH!
I show this image NOT because I like it…in fact, the next image is the image in the sequence I really like…no, I show it merely so that I can share with the world the towels left on the railings that Gemma’s mum prayed for me not to include! Mind you she found 1000s of things she didn’t want me to shoot…most of which I had no intention of…but its nice to see reality in these things…eh?
Buy it Now
Gemma helps the Matt’s sister and Bridesmaid
Just spray it Gemma…I’ll quickly walk through!
Gemma gives Dad a big hug…she thought he was teary…but we both know about the eye drops don’t we!
…its dark, its moody…kinda reminds me of film
This was nearly my Just One
Matt cracks a smile safe in the knowledge that some 19 million people are going to be watching (oh, wait…wrong statistic)
I’m such a softy…Matt’s sister finds it all too much
Gemma and Matt exchange a warm embrace…meanwhile the set of Twister 2: Havant Bites It gets a little too close in the background
..no seriously…perhaps we should run for cover!
Jack and Rose
Just add lightening
Grandad reckons he’s pulled
The Calendar Girls (yes, that’s what they called themselves)…I’ve been invited to be Ms June!
Manor Barn at dusk
Manor Barn in Wide-o-vision
My entrenched fascination with security lights looks set to continue
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Apparently this is the bit where they decided if I was going in with a thong or a pair of Bridget Jones’
And now a few from the Tenacious D – Darren
I love this image…mum pokes her head out to wish Matt good luck
We’ve stepped back in time…damn you dodgy camera clock!
Its where all the cool kids hang out! Palm tree, cocktails and the smell of coconut vegetable oil…it is HAYLING ISLAND!
One of Darren’s top images. Sweet!
Another angle on the Just One
Today’s just one brought to you by Gillette…because if you’re like Tiger, you want the best a man can get…no matter how many you can handle…
Using my OCS (off camera security-light)