Colleen and Vince in Southampton

Colleen and Vince in Southampton

August 13, 2012  |  Weddings
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I’m primarily a Kent wedding photographer – but just like I do lots of other kinds of photography, I also travel out of Kent.  Sometimes quite a long way.  And the view from the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel should give you a clue where I was for Colleen and Vince’s wedding.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

Yep, that’s an actual cruise liner the size of a hotel – and we don’t get those in Margate!

Like all weddings…it starts with a dress.  And champagne, of course.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

In fact I was slightly early and Colleen was still at the hairdressers.  No problem – Chloe let me in and spent some time explaining that she wasn’t a bridesmaid.  But for somebody who wasn’t a bridesmaid, she’d put an awful lot of effort into the details for her friend.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

She also helped out with the dress.  Just like a bridesmaid would.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

And yes.  Everybody approved!

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

And it wasn’t long before the whole wedding party was assembled, including our flower girl.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

And the flowers of course.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

How’s this for  great idea?  Southampton Register Office is just a few steps from the De Vere Grand Harbour.  Literally as it happens – so no need for a wedding car.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

Though there was a near miss when Colleen thought she might be able to see Vince further down the street.  Which prompted much hiding in doorways…

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

No problem.  Vince was waiting for us at the register office.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

Ready for that entrance…

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

And then, after all their planning, and rearrangements, and problems, and triumph and happy times and sad ones….Collenen and Vince got married in front of their family and friends.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

And they seemed pretty happy about it!

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

Since i was a long way from home I hadn’t been able to visit the venue before the wedding.  No worries, some tips from locals and a session with Google Street View and I knew the old walls would be perfect for group pictures.  Plus we’d walked past them on the way to the wedding.

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

But for the “serious” pictures we headed out to a local country park.  A.k.a. the windiest place on earth.  I travel with lots of lights and had several plans – but all of these were shelved as soon as I noticed there was a hurricane blowing!

I asked Colleen to wait in the car while I took some pictures of Vince – we didn’t want to risk her hair in the wind!

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

“Hey Vince – go stand by that watery stuff and pretend you’re a model” “You mean the Solent….?” “Yeah, whatever….”

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

Worked though.  Despite my lack of knowledge of South Coast estuaries.

The we got Colleen out of the car…

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

And talking of “the car”…have you ever seen a Japanese car as cool as this?

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

Thought not.  That’s Colleen and Vince’s very own Nissan Figaro.  Never have I wanted to steal a wedding car so much!

weddings  Colleen and Vince in Southampton

If you know Colleena nd Vince then you’ll know some of the background to this wedding – some of the story I’m not telling.  And you know how much they will appreciate your comments below.  Or just hit the “like” button to show your support on Facebook.


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  • Antony

    Great job Jonathan – thanks for helping out!  They both deserved a great day, and great photos! Well delivered. :)

  • Antony

    …and that cruise liner isn’t one of the big ones!