Warwickshire Wedding Photography : Lucinda & Seb

Every minute of every hour of every day
you are making the world, just as you
are making yourself, and you might as well do it
with generosity and kindness and style.

Rebecca Solnit

Lucinda was once a workmate of Megan, whose wedding I photographed back in 2011 when she married Wayne, and also of Lucy whose wedding I photographed the following year when she married Boyd. I was delighted when she got in touch about her own wedding and her marriage to Seb. I had and continue to have particularly fond memories of both of those prior weddings and the calibre of the people at their hearts. Birds of a feather flock together, as they say, so I felt assured of the prospect of another fantastic experience to be had. That feeling of assurance was indeed perfectly satisfied. In addition to being delighted to receive that enquiry, I was also rather flattered that Lucinda & Seb had not yet set a date for their wedding at the time when contact was made. Lucinda put forward a range of dates across Spring and Summer – checking which ones I might still be available for – and we kept in touch across the span of a few months until everything was in place.

Throughout that process, in meeting up with the two before the wedding – in pixellated form via Skype – and in spending time with them and all of their guests on the wedding day itself I felt personally enriched by my exposure to a wealth of kindness and inclusivity. I enjoyed witnessing all that took place, I enjoyed photographing all that I did; I valued enormously the generosity of spirit I was exposed to in doing what I do.

Lucinda & Seb married at Our Lady & Saint Benedict church in Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire – their priest came out of retirement for the day especially to conduct their marriage ceremony – and celebrated at Wootton Park, formerly a dairy farm that in times of tightening economies in farming had recently been repurposed by the farmer as a venue for weddings and conferences. A fantastic job had been done of it all too. This is the story of their wedding day…

I started the day with Seb and his brother – also his best man – Ben, at Lucinda & Seb’s Leamington Spa home, with a bounce set in my step for the day ahead after being welcomed so warmly.

Not intended as this week’s answer to the existential crisis of being a wedding photographer (though it serves that purpose incidentally) and certainly not composed as a portfolio worthy image;  I do though have a fondness for its serving as a reminder of the traffic cone that was especially taken along in the back seat of Seb’s classic BMW, to reserve a parking space for me at the church :~)…

It might not have fit into the back up beamer…

I especially enjoyed experiencing the ritual poignancy of Ben preparing a pre-ceremony lunch, having persuaded Seb of the efficacy of actually eating; a scene somehow evocative to me of the concluding passage of Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci’s film, Big Night, just without the hangovers…

To Wootton Park, where Lucinda and her party were preparing for the day…

Not too much in the way of standing room. Some intrepid wedding guests were already on the scene…

Our Lady & Saint Benedict…

Lucinda did actually get to the church on time for the ceremony; if memory serves correctly, maybe even some minutes early. Guests, groom and all, priest and photographer included, waited with anticipation for the processional to begin. Waited. Waited. Waited some more. Then it clicked; nobody had informed Lucinda and her entourage that everything was ready to go (so someone got news to the other side of the door :~)…

I had never before nor have I since seen a bride come up the aisle at such a pace, Lucinda was that keen to be alongside Seb. Based on an analysis of the second accurate time stamp embedded in the image file data and an estimate of the length of the aisle, I have it down as somewhere in the region of… *calculates*… in the region of 47 miles per hour. Maths was never my strong point. The burst of adrenaline induced in me seemed to serve well though and I came away with more images of that walk (if it might be described as such :~) than I would normally expect to…

Much happiness :~)…

There’s poetry in those expressions :~)…

I loved the ensuing hugathon…

Where they got married…

I’d always known that Lucinda & Seb were just the right fit for me as clients. The simple fact of my work speaking enough to someone for them to book me is evidence enough, on its own, and they were lovely to deal with throughout the entire process (I am very lucky to always find that to be the case). I really, really knew that there had been a meeting of minds though when I saw, on Instagram, a post from Lucinda wherein she thanked one of her and Seb’s guests for the lovely photo frame they’d received as a wedding gift, the posted image showing the frame holding the image that they’d chosen to have printed to put in it :~)…

Truly beautiful singing from two of Lucinda & Seb’s friends enveloped post-ceremony celebrations…

I took Lucinda & Seb off for a little walk around the grounds, to make some portraits as they had some alone time together :~)…

Lucinda’s dad opened a lovely round of speeches pre-dinner…

My thanks to Lucinda & Seb for seating me as a guest, and at a table populated by a particularly warm-hearted bunch of people too (indeed fully, across the board, if the calibre of a couple’s wedding guests were marked out of 10 – which would be a ridiculous thing to do – Lucinda & Seb’s would have scored a 10, with plenty left over).

A whole lot of practice then a swift dress change later…

Congratulations Lucinda & Seb and my heartfelt thanks for having me along to immerse myself in a day full of the kindest people one might wish to spend time amongst. The experience was an uplifting one for me.

Contact Warwickshire Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com