Beautiful dress, groom that bears a striking resemblance to Jamie Redknapp, summertime in Kent, fun, and teepees. I love weddings like this!
(Couple of warnings: 1. There are a lot of pictures 2. There are a lot of pictures of the dress. You’ll see why.)
For some photographers being asked to photograph a friend’s wedding can be a huge compliment – for some it can fill them with dread. Especially if the particular friend knows a little about their photography.
Not only does Amit know me well – she also knows a little about wedding photography. She’s been one of my assistants for over 2 years now and has helped out at a whole bunch of weddings. She doesn’t take pictures but does pretty much everything else – carrying kit, lighting people and wrangling dresses. So she knew exactly what to expect when I said “hey, can I take your dress outside a second…?”
And amazingly she still said yes.
(By the way, big thanks to Ian Pollen for helping out with lighting etc at this wedding. For some reason my regular assistant was busy…)
Now of course every girl needs a couple of statement pieces for her wedding. Like shoes. Shoes that can make a statement when they aren’t even in the picture.
And you know, the odd bit of bling.
Which all added up to one proud father.
How’s the for being bang on trend? I predict we are going to see lots and lots of bridesmaids in white in the coming year. Remember, you saw it here first (oh and yeah, the Royal Wedding too).
Remember I teased you right at the start saying Mike the groom looked just a little like Mr Redknapp? Go on, admit it…
Anyway, enough of the preparations – how about the wedding? (Yeah, fewer words/more pictures time)
…and then that moment….
And yeah, proud parents and very very happy friends.
By the way, I should probably mention that the registrars set a new level for best registrars in Kent – which of course means best in the country. I’m so sorry I didn’t get their names but they were so friendly and helpful it was a pleasure to work with them.
Sometimes you can get a lot of emotion in hands….
According to the calendar, it’s still May. Which is technically spring. But we haven’t had rain for weeks. Kent is absolutely glorious at the moment. So I reckon I’m safe in saying this is a summer wedding. Especially when you see the drink of the summer.
I asked Amit and Mike what the most important things were to capture at their wedding. “We want to see the kids having fun”. So I made sure there were plenty of pictures of Amit’s nephew and nieces.
…err, standing on boules…..
…and of course being chased down the hill by their favourite aunt in a big frock…
And it wasn’t just the children that had fun with the games.
But of course, there were sensible picture too.
And with a teepee, a gorgeous Jenny Packham head piece and that dress, it didn’t take much imagination to rock the whole Hiawatha look.
How’s this for a new idea? Instead of finishing off the day with a first dance, why not keep your guests entertained between courses with an impromptu dance? “Nobody does it better”, naturally.
…and then the sun started to set. And the light started to do this….
You’d think Amit would know by now. She’s been to enough weddings with me where I’ve said to the bride and groom – “come outside NOW!”.
Then one last picture before dusk settled.
Go on then, two. Amit’s now working at Turner Contemporary but with some fading light, a little shimmy and that dress she managed to create her very own work of art.
See, and I got all the way to the end without mentioning the unfortunate incident with the champagne.
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