I honestly think I have the coolest job in the world. Take yesterday for example. While other people were wondering what to do for the Jubilee weekend, I was at Turkey Mill photographing a truly beautiful wedding for a fabulous couple. They had spent two years planning it. Pretty much all I had to do was show up with my camera and try to do it justice.
What do I mean by a “truly beautiful wedding”? Well, take a look.
It starts like many good stories do with shoes…
And not just any shoes. There were shoes for all the bridesmaids (of course), a pair on miniature Converse for a page boy and a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe. Naturally. A gift from her grandfather.
And of course you’d expect flowers. But truly stunning flowers. Prepared by a friend of the family. And so, as Emma told me, you could see that a little extra love had gone into each arrangement.
Now it’s not unusual for a couple of tears on a wedding day. But you can bet they were tears of joy as Emma opened this lovely gift from Rory.
To be honest, I think she started when she saw “Jenny Packham” written on the box… Yep, Rory did good.
Then there was just time for a couple of finishing touches and the all important dress.
Yes. Claire really is wearing gloves to button the back of Emma’s dress….
So…over to Turkey Mill. Which was looking even more gorgeous than normal. Yes, flowers pretty much everywhere.
…and the guests were waiting patiently.
Pretty soon, all the girls were there.
And Rory was right there with best man Rob.
So that he could watch Emma make the l-o-n-g walk across the bridge…
Worth the wait though.
Clients sometimes worry a bit about having to “pose” for pictures. “What will I do? Will I feel awkward? Will I be able to do it?”.
I have a much simpler method for pictures. “Hey Rory, go over there and look like James Bond.”
Sorted. (In fact the only small issue was educating Rory that Lazenby is not the best Bond ever…It’s Brosnan, obviously.)
Mind you, he looks even better with his new wife in the picture too.
Back at the reception, everybody was having a great time.
And there was time for a few groups of family and friends…
Before it was time for a lovely and very pretty wedding breakfast courtesy of Scott Anderson.
And then of course it was time for the speeches.
With the long summer evening, Turkey Mill is an ideal place for everyone to chill out after the wedding breakfast. Or even play Jenga. I honestly can’t remember who lost…
DJs occasionally ask me what kind of lighting I want for first dance. And my answer is always “smoke and lasers”. Failing that, I’ll take a reasonably dark room with a sparkly floor
Which is also a great combination for a, um, more than usually energetic father and daughter dance…
Long summer evenings are also good for some really relaxed bride and groom pictures. The light softens, the heat goes out of the day and everybody chills out.
And of course, no visit to Turkey Mill would be complete without a visit to the waterfall.
And none of my weddings would really be complete without “just one more picture” after dark…
See? Not only do I have the coolest job in the world, I also have one of the easiest. People make pretty things and look fabulous and I just turn up and press the button.
Oh. Until your clients say “can we go over to that wooden building that Turkey Mill just built and play with some fire?” Sure, bring your drinks…
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