Dorset Wedding Photography : Caroline & Ben : Part One

The second time I met Caroline I was delighted to see her again. I was perfectly happy to see her the first time I met her for that matter, but I had no idea until after the fact that she would make my life so much easier as a photographer. Before I disappear completely down a cryptic avenue, I’ll elaborate. I met Caroline in her role as a make-up artist, on a wedding day in Purbeck. A year or so later I turned up on another Purbeck wedding day and there she was again. On both occasions she was working alongside Gill, a hair stylist that I have an equal level of respect for. The two work together frequently. They’re good to have around when nerves might be fluttering a little (that is to say, they have a calming presence), they do a fantastic job of all that they do and to cap it all off I’ve always appreciated the fact that they dress elegantly (it’s kind of befitting to the wedding day tone, really, and it leaves them fitting in nicely in the photographs I take).

They’ll make you look a million dollars (and save me a similar number of seconds of image retouching, subsequently – they just get it all right :~)

If you’re getting married in Dorset or the New Forest, book Caroline and Gill to do your make-up and hair. Feel free to book me to do the photography too, but even if you don’t, book them to do your make-up and hair anyway.

So to the crux of the story, I was particularly honoured when Caroline asked me to photograph her marriage to Ben. I have a great respect for her work and she had plenty of knowledge of photographers and what they have to offer in their work, so it added that extra bit of special privilege to the process to be chosen. Caroline has fantastic class combined with a particularly caring nature. Ben, quite naturally, came imbued with great character too. A true gentleman. Immersing myself in their wedding day was fun, invigorating and emotionally enriching.

I started the day with Ben and his groomsmen.

Possibly the most beautifully presented breakfast I’ve thus far photographed…

On the other hands…

Having thus far, in the context of a wedding day, only encountered Caroline tending to the needs of her clients I was expecting to turn up to see her sat in a chair being pampered and was curious to find out by whom. Instead, I found her busily at work :~)…

It was great as well to see Gill going about her art again…

Time to become the subject; Caroline had called on the services of a friend from her London College of Fashion days…

And then back to work she went…

To All Saints Church in Branksome, for the marriage ceremony…

We Are Injury Lawyers 4 U*…

*Not actually lawyers. No injuries either (despite the somewhat energetic group shots they’d been planning :~)

The wedding car (Ben’s dad’s; Caroline’s dad riding shotgun, so to speak) appeared, disappeared and reappeared a number of times. 2 for the former and the latter and 1 for the central of the 3, not that my mental arithmetic is at all reliable. Actually, I think that should be 2 for the former and 1 for each of the central and the latter…

This time it came back with a bride safely aboard…

The ceremony and service were… staggering. I was stood there thinking to myself, “This… is… staggering.” I additionally thought to myself, ” Surely there’s a more elegant word I could apply.” But it was staggering. Highly energised, personalised and uplifting from beginning to end.

And now for the weather: Sunny with occasional showers…

The weather was, in fact, fantastically well behaved amidst a season of badly behaved weather. Sunshine throughout the preparatory hours and the ceremony, and as Caroline & Ben exited the church. Then when it was time for everyone to move on for the next phase of the day, it started to rain (which simply got everyone moving at just the time they needed to be doing so). As their guests moved on overland, Caroline & Ben were scheduled to take a boat trip from Poole Quay to the Lake Yard at Hamworthy where celebrations would continue into the night. The rain stopped in time for their arrival at the Quay :~)

Caroline & Ben had a small team of very friendly videographers along for the day (just the one on the boat with us as the others filmed guests at the venue) to create their wedding day video along with a ‘marryoke‘ video. I’ve seen some fantastically entertaining examples of marryoke over the past few years though had not before seen one in the making. I’d assumed that it would take a great deal of orchestration and wedding-going time in the gathering of material but it was just a few minutes here and a few minutes there, a highly unobtrusive process in terms of the broader flow of the day. It was evidently fun for the stars too and certainly fun to photograph.

It’s magic…

By a sleight of hand, onwards to Part Two >>

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