Somerset Wedding : Sarah & Jon : Part One

Sarah & Jon served dinner to their guests on their wedding day. Personally. Each and every one of them. Only then did they themselves sit to eat.

That’s all I need write with regards to their wedding day.

As if.

Sarah & Jon married at Court Farm at Standerwick in Somerset, a really rather splendid place imbued with charm, with sheep, with lambs and geese, and stone and wood aplenty. It would bring out the poet in any soul in possession of poetic sensibilities. It gave me an urge to take photographs.

I did wonder on arrival if I was going in the right direction*…

It was a sign that I was…

*Poetic license, so to speak. I had been to Court Farm before, for Sarah & Jon’s pre-wedding shoot.

Sarah’s mum, Liz (‘the Incredible,’ as per the wedding day information pack that Sarah sent to me in advance of the big day), made all the dresses for five bridesmaids (most of who have been friends of hers since the age of seven), a maid of honour and a flower girl…

As if by magic…

There was a knock at the door (my blog needs spot sound effects)…

Jon’s first ever gift to Sarah had been a little Sylvanian Families squirrel. Sarah had clearly grown on him a great deal over the ensuing years. Having reread what I just wrote, I recall now that they hired me to take photographs.

I wanted to marry Jon myself when I saw what he’d placed in the bag. It might have been tricky juggling that with my commissioned role though, so everything worked out for the best. He and Sarah had travelled together around South East Asia and on to Japan where they got engaged and all along the way they had documented their experiences in a blog rich in photographs and expertly crafted words. For a great many nights prior to the wedding and a great many more hours than nights, Jon had worked away in secret on formatting the entire blog into book form, which he then had printed as a hardback, with a dust jacket and all…

A little in the way of background information on Sarah & Jon. They met whilst studying graphic design at university and in tandem they both flourished in the field. Jon works with design agency Red Stone. I note that he appears in person in a couple of places on their Web site. At least one of the wedding guests too. Looking at the featured photographs brings to mind that I’m also available for work place documentary photography. Just thought I’d put that out there. I first became aware of Sarah’s work when she designed the logo and branding for Blue Zoo. One of the directors of Blue Zoo is her brother Tom, whose wedding I photographed back in 2010. There’s something extra special about photographing the weddings of siblings and the first wedding was extra special enough as it was. In summary, Sarah & Jon’s was destined to be a visually rich wedding from the outset. It’s in their nature and their nature was simply reflected throughout.

The groom’s pre-ceremony preparations are invariably more focused and chronologically compact than those of the bride…

…which is perhaps a good thing as Jon and his groomsmen had a very important appointment to make…

I notice that Jon couldn’t help but steal a look, but Sarah and her entourage were in a room on the other side of the building. Regardless, I can quite imagine the emotional power in taking that look…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

The maker of the dresses, creative talent extraordinaire, mum of the bride, Liz. And two of her grandchildren. One of them is peeping out from behind the door…

A worthy mention also for hair stylist, Heidi Vince. A bride, five bridesmaids, a maid of honour and a mum (maybe even more as I was in and out and around about a fair bit) all individually styled to perfection in what seemed next to no time, considering the numbers. A calm, friendly, highly talented professional at work.

The pace picks up…

Sarah wore the veil that her mum wore for her wedding…

FOB Chris…

The ceremony was officiated over by Jennifer Constant of Tailor Made Ceremonies

I wish. But I had a mission to fulfil…

Food I can though. One has to empathise with the subject of one’s photographs after all…

Oak £7…

Something I rather like about the previous image is that, more often than not, when I pounce on the food at a reception – photographically, metaphorically, I’m rather more gentle and ginger when I engage in the process of empathy building; I don’t want to get food traces on my cameras after all – the server will turn away, seek to hide, demonstrate a desire to be out of the frame, sometimes even saying, “I’ll move, so I don’t spoil your shot,” but here simply a happy countenance in what is otherwise a simple photograph (a rather higgledy piggledy simple photograph at that; I was walking quickly as I took it) (across gravel) (not that I’m trying to make excuses or anything) but it’s a true record of the fact that the service was happy in the delivery on Sarah & Jon’s wedding day so well done Pieminister for deploying such happy servers and for the fact that they bore such incredibly delicious food (spoken from a standpoint of genuine empathy).

Anticipation of the ensuing posed group photographs was palpable…

Of course I never seem to publish the results of those group photographs.

I had done so though for Sarah’s brother’s wedding (in the spirit of Christmas, it having been a Christmas wedding), so I suppose my hands are tied, I’m obliged, I’m going in…

Particularly in large group photographs it can be difficult at times to get everyone to look towards the camera at the same time, so sometimes ‘measures’ are required to secure everyone’s attention. Inspired by Kevin Costner’s horseback charge against the arrayed rebel army in Dances with Wolves, arms spread wide (I did once shoot ‘the everyone group shot’ from the back of a space-hopper; true story; the results were a little blurry but evocative of Robert Capa’s seaside work and him being a photographic hero of mine and all) except my arms weren’t spread wide because what kind of way is that to take photographs? At times you just have to run the line. And make Spitfire engine noises (just like Costner in Dances with Wolves)…

After that little performance nobody knew quite where to look…

I promised to stay still though and everyone calmed down. Well almost everyone :~)…

Rat-uh-tat-uh-tat-uh-tat…

Most of the above might well not have happened the way I remember it. It was a fantastically exciting wedding though.

Bouquets by the inimitable The Walled Garden at Mells. Sarah & Jon, unsurprisingly, had done exceptionally well in sourcing their suppliers. I especially loved the addition of sprigs of mint…

Caroline’s bump :~) Very very happy for her and Tom :~)…

Part Two >>>

Contact Somerset Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com : 07870 696248

Tom Box - awesome pictures & wonderful words – amazing job!

Sarah Weston - I particularly like the Bug & bouquet shot :)

anna {far from the wedding crowd} - Oh the cuteness. What a wonderful couple.

The images are just delightful. Full of warmth and joy. Eeek!

Hana Osman - these are amazing!

Sam - I love your work Phill. This was a beautiful looking day and really creatively and wonderfully captured. And your writing made me laugh out loud.

Tom Weller - Outstanding set of images.

ed peers - Awesome work Phill. Mighty fine.

Alexander Turner - Sarah and Jon, what an amazing wedding. Bravo!

Sofronis Efstathiou - Great stuff!

Gareth Box - Absolutely stunning Phill, captured a magical day

Tina Cleary - Brilliant set of images and brilliant write up. Beautiful work as always Phil.

Jon Weston - I still can’t believe this actually happened. Amazing. Thanks again Phill, you’re a legend.

Holly Franklin - I love this.

Steph Allen - Love the ‘eyes up’ shot – super! (all super actually).

Jon Rouston - Fan-bloody-tastic set of images.

Peter Lawson - Simply superb. I feel I should be more effusive but that sums it nicely for me :)

Sola Aina - Gobsmacking, eye-popping awesomeness!

Lawrence Bowden - These are fantastic. BIG Congratulations!

Ann - Sarah has got to be the cutest creature on this planet!
(Just securing my spot in case you do decide to marry Jon.)

Pure magic!

Antony - Phil, you amaze me!

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*