Dorset Wedding Photographer : Evy & Steve : Part Two

Evy & Steve married at Poole Guildhall in Dorset and celebrated their wedding day at the inimitable Hotel du Vin (inimitable, other than by virtue of the handful of other du Vins dotted around the country all of which are reputed to be equally as good. Despite having not been to any of the others, I’ll concede to some bias though and suggest that the others are almost as good). The du Vin, Poole, is an exemplar of quality, service and comfort; an oasis of epicurean and sommelierien delight. Evy & Steve would feel just at home there. The outcome of precise and soulful thinking on their behalf and brought to fruition by their efforts, those of their families and friends and the warmly professional administrations of the du Vin staff, their wedding day was perfect and exceptionally good fun to boot.

I hope Evy can forgive me for the inclusion of this image but it does at least illustrate the fact that I spend time developing an understanding of my clients. The last time I tried to straighten a picture at a venue, it fell off the wall. Thankfully it was a reproduction and not an original. More so, thankfully, it bounced like a rubber ball. I didn’t dare try the same again. I tried levelling this one during the image editing phase but having done so, Chocolat became perplexingly skewed. I suspect the picture is designed to be perplexing in that respect and might be deliberately hung in this manner…

Throughout the afternoon, Evy & Steve’s guests were assigned to small groups each of which was provided with a wine tasting class hosted by the du Vin’s sommelier, Chad. It made for a fascinating experience; I dare say, eye-opening.

As I look through the images I can barely bring myself to interrupt the flow with the addition of words but I must congratulate Evy on the precision and elegance of his design skills in producing all of the table name signs, menus, cup-cake labels and so on. I was especially taken by what I suppose one might coin as being the ‘escort bottles’ that directed each guest to his or her table for the wedding breakfast. A small bottle of wine for each; jellybeans for the younger ones. Attached to each bottle by a hand-tied ribbon, a split cork held a newly minted 2012 fifty pence piece sporting the Olympic logo. The result was beautiful and what I found more beautiful again was the spirit it all spoke of. I gravitate strongly towards the photographing of people, their expressions, their interactions, moments in time that speak of connection and belonging (and yes, often-times, just the sheer fun, exuberance and excitement of it all) but I find in photographing such seeming objects, I am also creating portraits of the people behind them all, abstracted yet faithful to who they are.

Evy & Steve’s sisters, Cleo and Sue, delivered a fantastic round of speeches…

First Sue…

Oh, and then Evy. Pray silence… (not from Evy)… (from the audience)…

And then Cleo. I need to fix this in my mind. Forever. Hair-driers. I’m amazed the photographs I took during the ensuing minute or so weren’t all a complete blur, I was laughing so hard. Pardon my crypticness; the rest of you can carry on…

My sincere thanks to Evy & Steve for the ticket to epicurean heaven. Food at the du Vin isn’t food. It’s more than food. Or maybe, simply, it’s how food should be. It seems though to take on a significantly higher function that mere feeding of the body…

Evening entertainment was provided by Kieron Cox. In all honesty, evening entertainment was provided by pretty much everyone in attendance (the energy generated was so great, a Higgs boson particle showed up to find out what it was all about) but Kieron accompanied it all with some powerful guitar playing and singing into the night…

An impromptu guest act. Evy’s sister, Kat; veritable voice of an angel…

Evy & Steve, congratulations and well done on creating such a fabulous day imbued with great taste, passion and fun; one very much to remember. And thank you so much for having me along and including me so deeply in it all.

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

Evy Adamou-Helsdon - This man is a genius……. Thankyou for capturing our day so perfectly. It was a pleasure to work with you and you have given us the most wonderful and lasting memory of our day.

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