As much as in meeting them and finding what they are in their words, deeds and actions, there is often much to be found in encountering the things that people have created and left for others to experience. In this respect, even though I wasn’t to meet with her in person until some five years later, I first gained a very strong sense of an intrinsic aspect of Steph’s nature when I came across… her cupcakes. Yes, her cupcakes. They really did make that much of an impression on me; exquisitely – with each syllable of that word enunciated with the utmost clarity – crafted, evidence to me of a creator with exceptionally well developed attention to detail and pride in the results of her creative endeavours. And they very much tasted at least as good as they looked, too. Steph used to operate a bakery business and I first came across her masterpieces at one of the first weddings that I photographed back in 2009, that of Emma & Ian in Bournemouth, then a second time in 2010, at the wedding of Meleza & James on the Isle of Purbeck. I’d sent Steph copies of the photographs that I’d taken of her creations and she – it transpired – kept track of what I do, through my blog, down the ensuing years.
I was really rather flattered then, when Steph made contact with me to ask if I might photograph her forthcoming wedding, her marriage to Ryan and the celebrations that would ensue. People involved in creating things for weddings tend to have access to a good deal in the way of examples of the works of photographers, and knowing that my mode of image making spoke perfectly to her and to Ryan made for a very happy prospect in my mind.
They married on the anniversary of their very first date, with a ceremony at Poole Guildhall and celebrations a short walk away at the Hotel du Vin. I am always cognisant of the notion that a wedding’s significance is in some part about the gathering of people, sometimes in large part, almost as much in some sense as it is about the act taking place at the centre of it all. Typically though, through my relationship to such an event, my sense of occasion does centre most strongly around the couple but Steph & Ryan’s wedding day left a clear impression upon me of an event that had been thoughtfully designed in such a manner that the act of a marriage celebrated would serve as a catalyst for a resounding gathering of family, and of friends with bonds as strong as family, to bring an interlinked array of people together in one place and to celebrate the bonds that linked everyone, bonds that wove a pattern around – and to the epicentre – of that occasion. It really did work that way and was additionally enriching to experience as a result. This is the story of Steph & Ryan’s wedding day… View full post »