So… how did this all come about? I was photographing my first wedding of 2014, that of Cheryl & Matt on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Cheryl & Matt kindly sat me as a guest for dinner. On a nearby table were sat Paul & Kayleieh whose wedding I would be photographing a couple of months later on another Isle, the Isle of Purbeck (also in Dorset). At Paul & Kayleieh’s wedding I would be sat as a guest for dinner too, next to Cheryl & Matt. Sat to my left, at Cheryl & Matt’s wedding, was Will, left of image up above. Sat to his left was George, right of image up above. George said to me, “You photographed Ben & Sarah’s wedding, didn’t you?” I had indeed, back in… 2010, in London. George, a friend of Ben’s from school days onwards, had been a guest at that wedding (I did indeed find a photograph or two featuring her when I looked back through my archives). Ben had once been a student of mine and had become a good friend too. Then, a little later into the year, George & Will booked me to photograph their London wedding so that neatly sews everything together then! I am though also inclined to mention that, theirs being my last but one wedding of 2014, the last one of the year for me came the following weekend, that of Ross & Alice, back down in Dorset. Ross is Paul’s brother thus I met with Paul & Kayleieh again at that wedding and the registrar that conducted their marriage ceremony was the same one that had officiated over Cheryl & Matt’s marriage ceremony, and those were the only weddings I’d ever come across him. Into the evening, back to George & Will’s wedding, I was again sat as a guest for dinner, this time next to Ben & Sarah and Cheryl & Matt. My ultimate aim, with a target year of 2020 in mind, is to spend an entire twelve month period photographing weddings at which the couples getting married at all the other weddings I’ll be photographing that year are guests.
That’ll be great, great fun :~)
George & Will married at Asylum in London – married twice, in fact, back to back; up and down that aisle like yoyo’s – and celebrated at the BBC, the Balham Bowls Club. Asylum is a remarkable place, an amazing place, a remarkably amazing place. Balham Bowls Club is beautifully down to Earth and really rather funky both at the same time. All of those superlatives I would apply equally, and unabashedly so, to George and to Will. They’d made for the perfect dinner partners all those many months earlier and on their wedding day I became all the more, increasingly so, with consistency at every turn, engaged by the rich and vivid layer cake of wit, intellect, mirthfulness and talent that was revealed in their nature. This is the story of their wedding day… View full post »