Bride – Paula, Groom – Dennis
So it’s taken me a massive amount of time to get my head around the whole blog thing. Actually keeping thoughts together enough to get them down, and when I see people within the industry blogging on a daily basis I get a little jealous. I more adept to doing my writing with a camera as daft as it sounds, the old adage a picture paints a thousand words.
It seems a long, long time ago August 6th 2010, well I suppose in reality it is, but that was the date I had my first wedding confirmed, and it left me with a couple of days to prepare my kit and plan my shoot – not ideal by any stretch but it is what it is.
I was living in Enfield at the time and didn’t have far to go, Dagenham to be exact. I started as I mean to go on, and went to check out the church, St. Thomas Church. I found it locked and went to the vicarage to see if anyone would let me in.
A great introduction to Church weddings started with a brew and a chat with the Vicar, If only all Vicars were the same. I was really lucky in a sense that the church was about 5 minutes from the Brides mothers house so It was a fairly safe bet to go and scout out a venue that I had never worked in before.
I arrived at the Brides mothers house in good time and as is now customary left the cameras in the car and went to introduce myself to a bride and bridal party who I had never met before.
The day looking back is a total blur, I can remember the church was pretty packed, and it was great to be there documenting the whole occasion. It’s strange growing up I had been to less weddings than I have fingers on one hand.
The mornings preparations were just as I like it loads of banter amongst the bridal party, a fairly laid back mother of the bride, and people coming and going throughout.
I set about my business of documenting the usual things from jewellery, the dress, flowers, perfume, everything there was to shoot – I shoot.
The wedding car was there in good time so with the bride all but ready and the shots captured of the dress being laced up I set off to meet the groom (Dennis).
I met Dennis and his best man and captured some casual shots around the church, all seemed set for a great occasion. There is something special about church weddings, not to take away from other venues, but Churches seem set for such special occasions.
As I said above I was lucky to get such a good vicar as I’ve had more negative vicars than positive ones.
So after the Church we set off to Top Meadow G.C. In North Ockendon. The intention was to get the group pictures done and then move onto the more fun and creative shots afterwards.
We managed to get some of the pictures done upon arrival however the weather put and end to this about a third of the way down our list of shots. Not to worry we took everyone back inside and captured the other shots of Paula, Dennis and the family later after the meal.
The speeches were hilarious, the best man, drunk and there were more cameras in the room than in a film studio.
So with the speeches done, and the meal out of the way the sun found its way through the clouds and gave us the most amazing rainbow. It’s a fantastic shot and probably If I shoot for the next 10 years I doubt I’ll get another like it.
With the first dance merely a formality I was left to look back on what was an amazing experience, a happy bride and groom and a new career in the making.