You know your wedding is going well when your guests burst into spontaneous Skippy impressions, bounding across the lawn, full of fun, laughter and gaiety... or it may just have been a run in with a wasp:
Whatever the cause, he reached some pretty impressive heights! From Nadine and Dan's wedding at Sole Street House, Faversham, Kent.
After I'd finished at Kim and Glenn's wedding at Deans Place last night I went over to see the Peace Camp at Cuckmere Haven. The Peace Camp is an art installation consisting of a large number of domed tents which are lit up at night, with music playing and recorded voices reciting poetry - all very surreal, but surprisingly impressive.
I'd missed the best of the light by about 20 minutes, it was almost totally black when I arrived. It's a shame it is on for so short a time though - one weekend only.
Yes, they are having their hands tied together but, no, I'm sorry it's not actually an example of marital bondage high-jinks. It's just one of a great many Slovakian wedding traditions I've come across over the past few years. In this one the Bride and Groom have to share a bowl of soup with their hands tied to encourage them to work as a team - which I think is a lovely idea:
I don't know for sure, but I suspect we have probably lost a few wedding traditions like this over the centuries which seems a shame and it's great to see them being kept alive in Europe - I won't even go into traditional German wedding games, but if you ever get the chance to go the a German wedding don't hesitate - just do it!
A couple of weeks ago I was in Dorset again to photograph a birthday party at the home of my very first Civil Partnership couple. This photograph (which I had forgotten I'd printed for them - it was six years ago after all) has pride of place in the hall at about 30" x 20" and looks absolutely stunning, almost 3-dimensional:
Looking at images on a computer doesn't come close to seeing them when they have been printed by a professional lab and then properly mounted and framed though so you'll just have to try and imagine it, sorry!
I love veils. Not in a spending Wednesday evenings prancing around with the net curtains sort of way, but I mean photographically - you get some fantastic effects from them. As well as wearing an amazing dress, Gillian's wrap-around veil was stunning:
Although you can play all sorts of tricks with lighting and perspective (and I do love to), there are times when all you need is a bench and two very, very happy people. It's simple, but it works - simple is good!
It's been a very busy couple of weeks, so yesterday I decided to go wandering over the Downs as I haven't had much chance lately. There are some fantastic poppy displays around, some of the best I have seen for years. I found this one a couple of miles south of Firle Beacon:
It was such a wonderful day (finally) that I got a bit carried away and ended up doing a 15 mile round trip and despite being a bit tired I think it was worth it!
It's great to have something a bit different to photograph every now and then and when it comes to different it's hard to beat a Goth wedding. Although professionally I could never be one and personally have no inclination in that direction either, it's a look that I find fascinating and could photograph until the vampire bats come home.
Deans Place in Alfriston is one of the most popular wedding venues in Sussex. One of the many things I like about it is that even after dark, you still have lots of photo opportunities, ideal if you have a winter wedding!
Well, that was a brilliant day at the Ocean Suite Wedding Fair. We met some lovely couples and as always there were some fantastic suppliers there.
The most commented image was one that I hadn't used in a show before despite being taken about four years ago at Sam and Chris's wedding in Aldermaston. It's actually one of those quirky shots that I've always liked, but everyone seemed to love it! So here we have the Retro Rollers:
The Ocean Suite on Eastbourne Pier is holding a wedding fair tomorrow (Sunday, 27th May 2012), from 11am until 4pm and entry is free.
The wedding fair has been organised by the team at the One Stop Wedding Shop in Eastbourne and they not only have some great suppliers lined up, but have also arranged for some fantastic weather to show the Ocean Suite off at it's best.
With all the girly things going on at the Bride's house on the day of the wedding, Dads can often feel a bit of a spare part so it's nice to give them a little job to keep them occupied. This is the first time I've seen the Father of the Bride making up the bouquets from scratch though and yes, they looked outstanding!