If you’ve happened upon Sam & Pete’s wedding day at this stage you may wish to rewind to part one before making your way back via the ceremony and the twirling of the dress to the speeches, as Sam’s father delivers an evocative appraisal of his daughter and welcomes Pete into the family.
Physiognomic lexicologists, I dare say, might enjoy reading within the photographic results.
For myself and I would hope all those others present, they present an opportunity to relive a particularly fine and often-times touching, often-times highly amusing conglomeration of words.
Pete’s turn. He said all the right things, in all the right ways, as one does when it’s from the heart.
Adam, one of Sam’s brothers, proved to be the commensurate Master of Ceremonies. Featured triptych right below, he seems to be fluent in a gesticulatory language also spoken by Best Man, Ben. I think Adam is granting permission to “open bay doors” and Ben is responding, “Everyone take cover”. A storm of hilarity was certainly approaching.
In previous features I’ve likened a good set of speeches to a SWOT analysis for a new marriage, celebrating people’s strengths, laying bare and dispensing with the weaknesses, pondering on future opportunities and pushing any foibles aside with a strong brush of humour. Ben’s speech was a relentless Atlantic storm, waves breaking repeatedly against shore, crests of humour leaving everyone laughing except for Pete whom was largely just soaked by it all but the erosion of that storm, having run its course, left a promontory of strong character standing. And that is what it’s all about.
Along the way I was pulled below the surface by a confused undercurrent of metaphors, it seems, but my cameras managed to stay afloat.
Some time back, possibly a year ago, I posted a piece centred around my use of a Polaroid SLR 680 camera. The 600 format film used by the camera is no longer produced; having taken hundreds of photographs with that camera, I was left with two packs of ten shots stored in my fridge. Sam sent me an email, appreciative of the aesthetic of the images. Remembering that email I brought the camera along with me to her wedding, and one of those two remaining packs of film.
There’s certainly a quality to them that remains highly enchanting, especially in an age of immediate digital feedback and infinite replicability. One pack left to go.
Sam & Pete, it was simply marvellous. Thank you for having me along.
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