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One of the principles I’ve always worked on was that every wedding gets blogged. Its my job as a professional to bring every wedding to life for both the couple and you, the viewer (obvious exceptions are those couples that don’t want it and I always respect their wishes). However, sometimes life gets in the way and for a whole host of reasons I missed out a few. You have to believe me when I say that it was never a personal thing. Never could this be more true than in the case of Lindsay and Jonny. The fact that they have already taken delivery of their album should help show you how late I am with this. But this was (and still is) one of the most special weddings I’ve ever shot.
It has nothing to do with the amazing weather, the absolutely gorgeous Bride, the tremendous location or the fact there was free ice cream. It does, however, have to do with the Circle of Life style connection I have with Lindsay’s sister Laura. We start with Laura and Leigh. Laura’s Bridesmaid Helen and Ben. Ben’s sister Donna and Mark. Mark’s sister Nikki and Brett (a wedding I shot a few weeks ago). But let’s not forget Helen’s friend Emma and David. Or Laura’s friend Amy and Miles. Then Amy’s friend Beth and Stefan (a wedding I’ll shoot later this year). I have this really uneasy feeling there is another one in there somewhere its just sometimes hard to remember the forensic lines that draw it all together. So to be honoured enough to shoot Laura’s sister Lindsay and Jonny’s wedding. Well, what a delight.
As such this is going to be a mammoth post. Enjoy it. I did.
So…carrying on from my last wedding in February I seem to have found yet another delightful couple. I guess its a vibe you give off. Be delightful attract delightful. How very rude of me to describe myself in that way (mind you that just proves my point). Saturday I got the extreme luxury of spending the day with Julia and Matt at Holy Trinity in Bramley and Gate Street Barn in .. well .. Gate Street. Of course I spent the whole day thinking I was shooting the wedding of my cousin Angie as her and Julia were surely separated at birth (and a few years if I can say that and not offend my cousin). The good thing about a March wedding is you expect it to rain. So when it does you’re not bothered. But more importantly if you get a window of dry you’re over the moon. However, you’d probably be over the moon at all the wonderful bits you put into the wedding. The jars of Tomato and Apple Chutney for guests (I did not have snack relations with that chutney…..OK OK I admit it I did…and it was GREAT), the decoration of the barn, hiring one of the finest florists in the land in Kate Avery and picking some incredible venues. It was all quite daunting. In fact, upon entering for the wedding breakfast Julia took a moment to look out over her guests, the barn…everything…then got a wee bit emotional. Rightfully so.
There will be more images on my Facebook Business page. The link to this can be found at the end of this post. So gander here, scroll and click for more.
Different shutters actually
The rarely know first draft of Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”
A first look at the stunning work of Kate Avery Flowers
So happy she was literally beside herself
It seemed an interesting time to revive her skills at stair diving
…a fellow stair diver
Old and blue…multi tasking
Trust…its a wonderful thing
I love that look!
Despite being 4, she had already been selected for the junior school netball team…and who could blame them
Making confetti a whole lot more tasty!
Discovering why salt and vinegar crisps as confetti might have been a less than satisfactory solution
Nice bald head…whoever is that…oh wait!
We’ve all done…lemonade out the nose….tough
I love her!
I asked the wind to blow…and it did…impressive
Wrap her up
Inside the barn
…and I did…and it was AWESOME!
Everyone had a photo of themselves as their placecard…great idea and loads of laughs
Suddenly, looking out at everyone, and the barn…it was all too much
A second copy of the place cards so everyone can enjoy
As promised, here is a link to more images from Matt and Julia’s Gate Street Barn wedding on Facebook
Sarah and Wayne. My goodness me. What a laugh. From the madness of Wayne and his mates, to the boob touching of the Bridemaids, to the sour faced Sambuca shots. This day was a real gem. In some ways blogging months after the fact gives you a chance to reflect on the day and remember what it was so special. Not only for them but also for me. I do take each day personally. I want it all to be perfect for the couple. A partly selfish position as if its perfect for them, its perfect for me too. Calm heads makes for calm faces. To be honest it was never really going to be a problem with these guys. Their familes and friends are just like them. Serious when it matters and keen to let their hair down when it doesn’t.
The first great decision was the ceremony at St Peter and St Paul in Godalming. Its simply one of the best churches in Surrey. Great light, great space, room for me to move just a little bit and never been noticed. Of course you need to ensure that you carry that wisdom through and they certainly did. Gate Street Barn is just the most fantastic venue around. It all starts with the top and the staff. Just excellent. It was a great day I won’t forget. Thank you both for making me feel so welcome and part of the family.
Have a gander at these images and at the end there will be a link to loads more on Facebook.
Why yes…this necklace was photographed on top of a bin…thanks for asking
How to engineer your own death as a photographer
Three ladies and a breast obsession. Result!
She’s living in a box — not a cardboard box .. thankfully
Sisters — are doing it for themselves
It was so nice for Kenneth Brannaugh to pop in for the ceremony
A little less concentration
I love the The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Godalming…lovely light
Even after 330 weddings I still see things that simply blow me away…love it!
Gate Street Barn — one of Surrey’s (heck the country’s) finest wedding venues
No bottoms were squeezed in the creation of this photo
What a smile
Porchful of Honeys
Porchful of .. well .. guys .. bring back the honeys
Someone is buying his story hook, line and sinker
Wayne…what a laugh!
Camera angle raised to save the dignity to all those involved — you know who you are!
And so….it begins!
11m 40s — get real! No chance
There’s no need to ask…he really is a smooth operator
I’m 40…no time for peek-a-boo
No…really…its not a game for adults
I love symmetry
Its only a cake!
…one eyes, purple people eater…sometimes I really hate DJ lights
Exhibiting a Michael Schumacher level of confidence
You’ve made it into three images on the blog…That takes some doing
Office Poncherello phoned…wants his glasses back
Charlie had been wondering what happened to all his angels
I’m guessing the ideal wedding present wasn’t a years supply of Sambuca then?
As I promised, here is a link to more images on my Facebook Business page for Sarah and Wayne’s Godalming and Gate Street wedding.
OK…I know its nearly Christmas and this is a wedding from the first week of September. But you have to trust me here. I sort of had to drop the blog posting for a bit. It killed me to do so, but in the end it was the only way to get out the summer and fall madness. Surely I get something for posting now. And for that matter, in a time when not a lot is going on anyway it will nice to take ourselves back to warmer times and see some happy faces. So that’s what is going to happen over the next few months. Eventually we’ll get all caught up just in time for the season. So think of this as ‘on demand’.
Our first ‘Back to the Future’ post is from Nikki and Ross’ wedding. Starting at the Richmond Gate Hotel, then moving to Teddington (which was fun because it appeared that my SatNav was stuck in Olympic cycle race mode and showed ALL roads as closed) and finally to the chic Hampton Court House. I will also post the Facebook gallery that was posted at the time at the end of these images. So if you haven’t seen the extended set, do take the time to have a look.
(photo by Darren)
missed a bit… (photo by Darren)
Weetabix — a staple of the Bridesmaid’s diet
Nikki…our gorgeous Bride
Like many Brides, Nikki was keen to prove she could put in her earrings with one hand…RESULT!
Just like one of those fancy Japanese steak houses
Confetti death hand
….AND a gentleman
I love a good receiving line
Champagne is the great equaliser
It seemed an odd time for a game of Bingo
As promised, there are more images on my Facebook business page…to view them go to Nikki and Ross’ Hampton Court Wedding on Facebook.
Another blindingly quick blog entry today. I look forward to the days of being to wax at least a little bit lyrical about a fantastic wedding. Claire and Pete’s wedding took place at the end of August. They have had their Facebook Gallery…in fact, they’ve already had their discs. In fact I got a spankingly wonderful note back from them. Here’s a snippet:
“The photos are simply fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the slideshow last night (several times). Thank you to both you and Darren for providing us with precisely what we wanted, a unique style of photography, and not only our story of the day, but also what our friends and families experienced during the day. We knew we were never going to know what they experienced entirely, so we are really grateful for you giving us that insight through your lens.”
Wonderful feedback from a wonderful couple. I’ll post the link to the Facebook gallery at the end of these images.
BTW…the reference to taking on the South refers to the wide variety of locations this wedding took on. Gunwharf Quay in Portsmouth, a church in Bedhampton and Fitzleroi Barn in Sussex.
2 for 1
Photo by Darren
Photo by Darren
Photo by Darren
No horses were harmed whilst using the stables
As promised here is a link to more images on Facebook. Claire and Pete’s Fiztleroi Barn Wedding.
This wedding was always going to special. Yes, I had a gorgeous Bride and by all accounts an equally gorgeous Groom (don’t believe, just ask him apparently). It was at one of my favourite haunts in Tithe Barn. That amazing barn wedding venue just outside of Petersfield and only a few miles from home. All true. But this would be the first time that I would get the chance to photograph a wedding at St Peters Church. The church where both my children were Christened. The same church that’s been there for me so many times. From the tense moments regarding our baby (eventually to become Holly…wholly healthy) to Nicola and I’s confirmation in the Anglican Church. So many moments in a single building. Anna and Martin didn’t let me down (how would they). Another special moment in my relationship with an amazing building. But I guess its what fills the building that makes it important.
Following on to Tithe Barn was equally special. Another place that is very special to me. I’ve worked there so many times over the years. I’ve known all the staff both current and past. I find the owners so genuine and friendly (and yes Jeremy…just a little bit quirky…that’s what I love about you all). It was just a day that I really needed then. One where I knew where I was, who I was dealing with and who could I lean on. To see Sean and Sue Denny from Dennys catering was wonderful. Finally I was able to see first hand the work of a florist who I know from school (as in taking my son to school) in Michele from Someflower (who is, apparently I’ve been informed via an anonymous Facebook message after posting this, unique, talented, beautiful). What a great day. Thank you Anna and Martin as well as Sylvia and Ken (Vicar and Verger), Sue and Sean (caterers), Michele (Florist), Sam (Tithe Barn). See you all soon!
There will be a link to a few more images on Facebook. View these and there will be a link at the bottom.
Proof you can never have too many shoes!
Gorgeous flowers by Michelle from Someflower
Photo by Darren! What ever were they saying!
Photo by Darren
Just in case there was ever any doubt
Remembering why we’re here!
Amazing how much work retired Clergy actually do!
Inside the beautiful St Peter’s Petersfield
The things people get up to!
Photo by Darren!
Waving at the webcam
All dancing shots are by Darren
As promised, a link to more on my Facebook Business Page. Anna and Martin at Tithe Barn.