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After the hubbub known as Christmas and the New Year its often a time of catching up for a wedding photographer. You start to think about the downtime and eventually it gets to you. Can you simply drop back into the groove you had a few weeks ago? There’s no question you hope for something unique for your first of a new season. Something that will tickle your insides and make you feel right at ease. I feel rather lucky that this is exactly what I found when I arrived at The Elvetham last Friday. I knew when I met Hyun and Pete a while back that this would be a relaxed affair. Any wedding where the groom picks out the wedding dress is going to be special. I wasn’t left wanting. Hyun’s smile, Pete’s smile. The warmth of the room cancelled out all the cold outside. Simply put. I was in heaven. I’ve become a little of a seasoned veteran at ceremonies. I don’t really get emotional or nostalgic. But on Friday I did. I was sitting in the front row after shooting the signing of the register as the guests took theirs. I was watching Hyun and Pete and their guests crowded around with their cameras. I looked back to Hyun and Pete and I noticed her staring at Pete from all of 6 inches away. I was stuck by just how much she adored him. At that moment, nothing else mattered to her. The people, the cameras, the Registrars. Nothing. She was totally encapsulated in him. At that moment I was taken with emotion. It took me a minute or so to compose myself. Pete is a very lucky man. You will see the image I took just as it dawned on me later on. Also, there will be a link to more images on my Facebook Business Page. This will appear at the end of this post.
Weeds (no…not really…Pete’s mum did an amazing job with the flowers)
Pete scores major brownie points
Oh yeah…that’s what I’m talking about!
I see where she gets it from!
It seemed an odd time to do the Macarena
Never leave anything to chance!
Just before Dr Who arrived
Are you sensing a theme here?
Doppleganger 2013 begins with … Bradley Cooper!
2 seconds later and I’m a blubbing mess!
High fives are not just reserved for injury time winners!
Dress him up…but really…should you have let him out?
Horton hears a hoo and a blue tree!
I promised you more…and here you go. Pete and Hyun’s Elvetham Wedding Photography on my Facebook Business Page.
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.
Its a castle Jim…just not as we know it. Well, actually it is. Its got a bridge and big walls. Henry VIII used to party there. No seriously…big parties. Drum and bass, dubstep. The lot. He even watched the Mary Rose sink there (which is probably a lie because after all didn’t it sink rather conveniently in the Historic Dockyard. I won’t be taken for no fool (you must say that like BA from The A Team BTW).
What Ye Olde Southsea Castle did have have was the wonderful, heartfelt, love filled wedding of Nina and Simon. To keep with the theme even that’s not entirely true. Because they were ‘actually’ married earlier in the day at the Portsmouth Registry Office. I got to see the wonderful blessing which even included beer. I know which one I prefer!
Honestly, I can’t chat much now. Its crazy mental in Chez Burress. But for now you can view these images plus there’s a link to Ye Olde Facebook at the end of this post!
You can see a few more images on my Facebook Business Page. Nina and Simon’s Southsea Castle Wedding
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!
There’s something very ‘challenging’ when you arrive at the home of the Bride to encounter the words “oh my God…meet the best wedding photographer ever”. OK. No pressure. Looks like I better deliver then :) After I picked my jaw off the floor I then set upon doing things just the way I normally do. Only now I had that message ringing in my ear. Give me strength!
After a short visit to Farnham I then made my way back ‘home’. Tithe Barn was the destination and the short drive across the country roads put me back in my zone when I arrived in Ditcham. The friendly faces of Sam et al greeted me and knowing that Darren was inside I could take a minute to get ready for the arrival of Amy and the girls via to lovely lane leading to Tithe Barn.
I had met Stuart twice. Once at the wedding of Annie and Matt a few years back and again at their consultation last year. I remembered a firm character (that’s a compliment BTW) with great smile and a devilsh sense of humour. What I found was a pacing, deep breathing, tie jangling mess of a nervous man. I know I was in for fun! Stuart didn’t fail to deliver and really, neither did Amy. The looks from both of them priceless. Its days like this that make you go all gooey inside. What followed was a fabulous day with some pretty remarkable people. Some old faces and new ones to boot. A crazy mad sister and some rather revealing photos from the Hen do. Top it off with music by the remarkable ‘Rollercoaster‘ band and I was in my happy place. Thanks to Amy and Stuart for an exceptional day.
I will post a few more on my Facebook business page. For now…read below, have a look and then at the end you’ll find a link to more.
Breakfast of Champions
She said “I have flat shoes…you can’t do anything interesting with those”. Then I pulled back the curtains!
Wallis and Grommit once build a machine very similar
Time for more Pepto?
He loves me…he love me (not)…nope he love me
A brief moment between mother and Bride
The wall…they have hands you know
Phew…not these then
I couldn’t think that trying to control your nerves was in any way helped by having Petr Cech as your Best Man
I seem to have missed the coming up the aisle. OH NO I DIDN’T. Wait for the Facebook Gallery link below and cast your vote for which song the Bridesmaid appears to be singing
Tongues it is
Air kisses laced with champagne
The fantastic ‘Rollercoaster‘
Clearly someone really did love ‘Summer of 69′
As promised, here is a link to more on my Facebook Business page. Amy and Stuart’s Tithe Barn Wedding Preview.