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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.
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.
Finally. Finally the weather broke. And if the weather ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Some sunshine graced us all in this second weekend in May. Sadly the temperatures we more akin to early March. Despite this the day went off without the need for an umbrella which makes a refreshing change.
Speaking of all things unexpected I guess you have to mention Megan in a dress. By her own admission she feels more comfortable in wellies and a jumper (I’m assuming trousers fit in there somewhere). Despite her preference I reckon she pulled off the great white gown pretty damn well. Maybe for a laugh you guys can switch outfits for your first anniversary. Just a thought :) (I now know I’ve got Megan’s attention)
I should probably explain that the Best Man and Brother of the Bride had a bit of an accident a few weeks ago. He was only let out of hospital for the day to attend the wedding. Hence the exceedingly relaxed nature you’ll find Sam in on may occasions. He is a superstar for making the effort not only to come along, but get into his Best Man’s diggs for the day. Of course I reckon he gets his soft side from his Dad. You may also notice that mum makes a speech in lieu of Amos. Being an old softie he couldn’t bring himself to do it. Luckily Mum stepped in and despite Dad not actually writing a speech for her to read she took ‘wing it’ to an exceptionally fantastic level. I was very impressed!
Tithe Barn was lovely…as usual. Its great to see the grounds coming to life after a long winter.
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second week in a row ‘Hot’ came near a pair of shoes
Did someone say BACON!
Tie me up takes on a whole new meaning
Nice…and totally unposed
My what a difference a couple of decades makes
Sam didn’t need to be encouraged to relax
Mario Wedding Cart
Amos hands her over…free. What was he thinking!?
Charley remembers she forgot to see the video for BGT
This is NOT a photo of confetti at Tithe Barn as its not allowed
“you pointing at me?”
Add bigger hair and you’ve got my Doppleganger … Ladies and Gentleman .. Lyle Lovett (to be fair Stephen is a million times better looking that Lyle)
The 19th Hole was larger than I had expected
Go Wendy go!
Stop it you!
Now he strangely looks nothing like Lyle!
And a few from Mr D! (aka Darren)
Rome wasn’t built in a day
Cracking images Darren!
As promised…here is a link to more images on my Facebook Business Page. Stephen and Megan’s Tithe Barn Wedding Photo Preview
Jamaicain-me-crazy. Just a wee pun for my weary travelers who have today arrived on honeymoon in the glorious sunshine of Jamaica. Jealous? Me? No? OK…I lied. Now we’ve broken the intense cold spell here in the South its been replaced by rain. Drab. But to brighten the day here’s a little something from a venue you may have seen before. Tithe Barn.
Winter weddings often come with earlier starts. Earlier starts mean earlier prep and this day it was 10am. Frost was still the main feature before a late arriving Jessica made it to the church. The usual calm before the storm of peace at 10 gave way to a wee bit of hussle come 11:40 and the dress just going on. All in a day’s work.
Swanmore church, whilst lovely, had a tough policy on photos. So coverage was a little light there. Shame really. Its kind of in and out with the coverage but that’s the rules. The rest of the day, however, is an open book. And what a book too as I returned to my old haunt, Tithe Barn. Despite its cathedralesque ceilings the place is warm. No…literally. I’ve never known such a large place to be so warm. Great for me, great for guests.
As is often the case, after these images here you’ll find a link to a Facebook gallery of even more examples from their day. So have a look, then find the link at the bottom.
a simple three light setup
Pt 5…Thursday…I can concur that this was indeed completed by Kavian
Dad phones a friend – only two lifelines remain
I like this one…something different and random about it all
Relief…she’s made it
This was, in fact, taken by me…as in both of them.
Aviator man (i never did get his name…but we laughed a lot together)
BTW…picture left…the orange stuff…that’s lentils…picture right…the reaction one gets when pummeled with lentils
I don’t always get it right…but I can salvage something almost Banksy
As Alexandra Burke would says “bad boys are always catchin’ my eye”
Name the movie
Kavian asked me to put this in…honest
Mission Impossible 5 : Frost Protocol
Inside my barn
Shortly after she realised where the missing contents of the super glue bottle had actually gone
Apparently Kavian didn’t know there was no such things as a Gruffalo
For those interested in seeing even more images you can find them on my Facebook Business page by following the link to a Tithe Barn Wedding Photographer.
There’s no business like show business. For today’s post that’s not just random sentiment. It is, in fact, true. There’s a chance you may have seen Russell and Sarah on a stage near you. From some fantastic West End shows like Miss Saigon and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. These guys are performers. And its true what you think about stage and musical artists. They are grounded and exceedingly great people…well, at least this bunch are.
The day started for me at the amazing Old Stables in West Marden. For those familiar with Tithe Barn you’ll know it as Gaynor’s place. Gaynor has moved on from TB and now part of the family business. Its truly a unique place and one well suited for Tithe Barn as well as a number of other wedding venues in the Hants, Sussex area. It was great to see her, even if only briefly. Next stop Tithe Barn. If you’ve never been there you need to check it out. Its that time of the year when a bunch a folks get engaged and the hunt for venues begins. Barns are literally surrounding me and I’m proud to be a recommended photographer at Tithe Barn. The weather didn’t cooperate entirely but we did get some images of the Sarah and Russell in before the scheduled rain clouds arrived, spot on time, at 3pm. JJ at Jacaranda (and all the team to be honest) did an amazing job at making the barn look the best it could be. Jacaranda really are some of the finest caterers in the country and with JJ at the helm on Sunday it was never going to be any different. Thanks to them.
The night drew in, the cold got colder, but the fun of the speeches were only around the corner. A fantastically presented (but let’s be honest, their actors too) Best MEN speech delivered by my favourite Doppleganger of the day in Matt Damon and his sidekick (let’s call him George Clooney but really he didn’t look like him). Great stuff…especially if you’re a bird watcher.
To get the evening really rocking they made the best choice they could in hiring the super cool DJ Ashley Riggs. He’s got the best DJ rig around and some fantastic up-lighters, which are perfect for Tithe Barn. Not to mention he’s ace at his craft and a top professional.
A couple of other thank yous. First to Chris Geary. Another photographer who second shot for me covering guests on a day where logistics, weather and formals were certainly putting a strain on that end of things. He’s a great professional. Finally to Alex Cameron and his wife from Camera on Films. A specialist wedding films creator from Suffolk who were fantastic to work with. Thanks guys.
As always have a look at the images and observations below. Following this there will be a link to more photos on my Facebook business page.
Ladies…really…you could dress for the occasion
FWIW, the location is The Old Stables in West Marden. Only a few miles from Tithe Barn and a haunt of Gaynor who used to work at Tithe. Its fantastically presented, wonderful maintained, charming and perfectly placed for weddings in the Petersfield area.
its a duck…its a pair of shoes…nothing to see here
More fantabulous work from the amazing Tiger Rose
Contrasting the previous image
Once one went, they all soon followed
Russell and the Talented Mr Ripley
well aisle be
You could say dramatic…but then that’s pretty much a compliment with this lot
it seemed a strange time for a head butt
The 3 Groomsmen of the Apocalypse
Good Will Hunting spills the non verbal beans on how he nearly lost it
Bet he never thought he’d make the blog!
Promotional material for an aluminum siding firm
The barn in its glory…again helped by Tiger Rose
I like an usher who comes prepared — cardboard…seriously?
Neal…just go with it!
They’re now serving cake at the Golden Arches
Walk like an Egyptian
Delivering the Bourne Ultimatum
CYO (cut your own)
Dancing to the best DJ around, Mr Ashley Riggs
Goodnight Benjamin Button
As promised, her is a link to more images from their day on my Tithe Barn Facebook business page
Katie is mad. But in a good way. Strangely, so is David…but in a completely different way. She’s outwardly mad and he’s a wee bit quieter. Together they blast down the side of mountains on bikes and take part in all kinds of crazy outdoor activities…including sunbathing. Did I mention Katie is an accountant?
Because of all these traits I knew I was in for a good day. I’ve never met an accountant quite like her. And if you think its anomaly then you haven’t met Katie’s mum. They could easily compete on the ‘madness’ scale quite happily.
There’s the blue van. David’s pride and joy, converted himself. He can drive it, sleep in it and put stuff in it. Nice combination. Its so beloved that it sat on the ‘front’ side of the barn. In fact, he got ready in it. When I arrived they were supposed to be listening to England Rugby…no joy. It was too stressful nearly losing to Argentina.
From there the day just went from mad to crazy. Katie was a wee bit behind on getting in her dress. Cue my first time actually being in a Registrar interview. Of course that wasn’t crazy enough…the other registrar was actually holding her dress in so Katie’s mum could tie it up. This is not normal behaviour :)
I joked when arriving to David…it went like this “Katie’s going from one fictional based family to another” (at this point David looks confused) “She’s no longer going to be a Potter and is instead going to be a Kirk. Harry Potter to Captain Kirk.” Blank stare…I think he was way ahead of me. Why? Katie’s brother….yep, you guessed it. Harry (blinkin’) Potter. I did ask later if the last 14 years has been hell. Apparently booking a hotel isn’t the most straightforward thing for Harry these days.
The weather was angry…I knew this might come in handy and it did. You’ll see why later. Oh boy!
All in all a wonderful day. Rounding off 3 in one weekend. Great fun, great family, great guests, great couple and a great venue. Getting married at Tithe Barn? Here’s a link you should look at. Tithe Barn Wedding Photography.
After the images below I encourage you to follow the link to my Facebook business page with even more pictures from Katie and David’s wedding. The link is after the last photo.
On a hook, in a tree, if I eat them Sam, will you let me be?
Blue Van Man
Ye Olde Tithe Barn
Dear Mr Saville
Katie’s mum gets asks the eternal question…”do you want me to open a can of whip ass?” (actually, she was just telling her not to cry…its called fibbing with pictures)
Yes…your eyes DO NOT deceive you….that is the Registrar!
About as serious as you can get out of Katie
Practicing for the first dance!
Veils…NASA’s second choice in attempting to stop a landing space shuttle
It was all a joke that actually turned out quite alright
The start of Hurricane Katie
A groom, a bride, the cakemaker and a knife — quite literally
And now a few from Darren (who is always there, just not always featured cause I’m lazy like that)
Blue Man Van Redux
“….a brand new car”
David IS McLovin
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