Hampshire Wedding : Sarah & Tim : Part One

If human decency translated directly into physical height, Sarah & Tim would be ten foot tall apiece. That would have made them tricky to photograph. Thankfully their decency, spirit and generosity are simply conveyed through action.

Sarah was looking for a wedding photojournalist in Hampshire and surrounding areas when she found me on Google. Hoover. Biro. Ubiquity. Had Tim been doing the search, he’d have looked for something different in wedding photography. I’m happy Sarah was doing the searching then, though Tim’s sentiment is perfectly welcome too.

Their wedding day was something different, something special, something that very much conveyed that decency, spirit and generosity of theirs.

Looks like they started without me, the guests, an officiant even.

Sartorial organic.

Tim built a marquee in their back garden for his and Sarah’s wedding day. From trees, with a Hessian roof, big enough to comfortably accommodate a hundred people. It rained heavily the night before the wedding, it was raining gently when I arrived, and the interior remained cosy and dry. Sarah spent two years buying bits and pieces for the big day from car boot sales. Together they grew the wedding flowers in their garden. It all looked a million dollars.

A modern, pragmatic, ecologically conscious couple, they certainly do their bit and all the suppliers for their wedding were sourced locally aside from myself, though I was within easy striking distance to travel there and back in a day across the M27 and up the A3, spending practically the full day there at that (so still local in a broader sense). Had I been a bit closer I had the notion that I’d have wanted to cycle.

Sarah wasn’t inclined to have bridal preparations photographed but was keen to have a record of friends and family preparing the site for celebrations. I do really wish that I lived closer by as I’d have loved to have documented the construction of that marquee from the foundations up. When I arrived it was just me, the chickens and the catering manager on site; no sign of any members of the bridal party. There were of course the scarecrows but I was rather hoping they wouldn’t move. A while later I stumbled across Sarah’s sister (also one of her bridesmaids), Karen, engaged in a spot of last minute dressing.

Without bridal preparations to document I was a little concerned by the notion there’d likely be no shoe safari to go on, so I sought out some alternative details to underscore the environment and speak of the people that inhabited it.

More signs of human activity. Another of Sarah's bridesmaids, her friend... Sarah.

Sarah, bride-to-be Sarah's friend and bridesmaid Sarah that is, enlisted bridesmaid Hiromi into the cake finishing operation.

And a first hint of Sarah (bride-to-be). Sarah (bridesmaid) had never made decorative icing before, yet she came up with these icing sunflowers on her first attempt.

Ros, Sarah and Karen's Mum. A star.

With the rain still persisting, Hiromi brought out the Teruteru-bozu; Japanese Sun dolls made by their friend Tami.

Within minutes of their being placed in the marquee the rain abated and stayed away for the remainder of the day.

Sarah returns, from whence she'd been.

And so I left them, with 45 minutes remaining before the ceremony was due to start. Maybe a record was in the making. Thankfully I made it to the church in time for the ritual wrestling of the button-holes.

Head Boy Tim had floral wrangling under control.

"You see, he's using in-frame framing, shooting through as they say."

Not much more than 30 minutes later!

No more than 45 minutes later. Not late, later, from the point at which it had been 45 minutes until start of ceremony. On time indeed.

Et voila! Not a phrase one might expect to actually hear at the conclusion of the exchange of rings though, at least not in this country.

Father Murtagh (left) once appeared in Hello Magazine, possibly even in focus. Sir Alec Guinness was one of his parishioners. Tim's Dad (right) delivers an address. The registrar (centre) takes note. I've succumbed to pointing things out.

A wedding just isn't a wedding without the obligatory child wandering into aisle shot. That's not a side-swipe at children wandering into the aisle, by the way; I'm all for it, it must be tricky seeing through the back of a standing adult and it's eminently more endearing than an adult stepping out into the aisle with a camera (which didn't happen on this occasion). And there I was, in the aisle, with a camera.

The church used a particularly vocal brand of fluorescent lighting. Yellows managed to get a hearing though.

Come join the celebrations as they continue tomorrow…

Contact Hampshire wedding photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com : 07870 696248

HayleyRuth - Phil, yet another cracking story that makes you feel as if you where acutally there. Your attention to detail never waivers. I’m now rushing over to part 2!

Nessa K - This is one of the cutest weddings I’ve ever seen. Loved it!!

Ruth - Bang-up job, Phill! I really hope you plan on submitting these to a blog, because the details and the perspective in which you shot are absolutely superb.

Tracy - I adore the baby girl with the wedding party in the background. Those are the little moments most people miss on a busy day.

Jon Rouston - Beautiful work Phill, obviously a very personal wedding and you’ve captured it wonderfully. Great stuff.

Milena Dekic - As always, you capture the wedding so beautifully. So many lovely moments, and I really want one of those cupcakes :P

ed peers - Great stuff again Phil – love it!

Tobiah - Great wedding Photos! Such a lovely story told!

Wes Brown - I’m almost embarrassed to say it…but I’m flat out jealous I didn’t get to shoot this! You did an amazing job.

Jason Lloyd - You create a great connection with your story telling Phill – I feel like I know Sarah and Tim a little bit! Phann-tastic :) Not like my puns… doh!

Albert Palmer - What an amazing photographs and what an amazing wedding. I feel like I was there! I bet you can get this featured on some great blogs.

Kat Forsyth - What a stunning DIY wedding! Love, love, love it.

Paul Von Rieter - That wedding was all kinds of win. I love all of the details. Beautiful work as always.

Heather - Thank you for taking me to this wedding through your photographs. It was fabulous- both earthy and surreal.

Amazing work.

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