Rhinefield House Wedding : Claire & Rob : Part One

If you found yourself of a Saturday at the end of August in a place lacking in particularly friendly people you can blame Claire & Rob, because they rounded up all the particularly friendly people and had them along to celebrate their wedding day at Rhinefield House in the New Forest. You of course are a particularly friendly person too but if you weren’t there it was either the case that you had especially good reason to be kept away or simply that you haven’t had the pleasure of making Claire & Rob’s acquaintance. In either case here’s your chance to experience what you missed and for those that didn’t miss it an opportunity to relive it all again (and I dare say see a few things you didn’t see the first time around).

Seriously. Very friendly people. They must train them in a camp of some sort.

On arrival at Rhinefield House I spotted a display of sunflowers in make-shift wellington boot ‘vases’. How jolly, I thought to myself, and Claire likes sunflowers so I’ll get a shot of those for her. I simply smiled when told later that they’d been placed there for Claire & Rob’s wedding. D’oh! :~)

It’s always handy when you turn up at the same time as the florist. Then you can secret yourself in a box of flowers and go in shooting from the off. Introducing Claire (good thing she doesn’t get phased by cameras)…

Rob and his groomsmen were getting ready a few doors down on the other side of the corridor. No danger of bumping into Claire inadvertently as she remained safely ensconced in her room until time for the ceremony.

I told Rob that the light in Claire’s room was really nice to work with. Rob is an avid and accomplished photographer himself so he’d understand what I was getting at. “That’s because Claire is a ray of sunshine,” Rob smiled. I concur. There might have been an inference in my original statement that the light wasn’t so great in Rob’s room but he has a soul that shines too and he’s as much a fan of black and white imagery as I am which always helps when contending with mixed fluorescent, tungsten and backlit daylight sources!

Rob wasn’t having much luck with his tie, nor was anyone else for that matter. “Where’s Geoff? I need Geoff. I can’t do my tie without Geoff,” he said, the closest I think I saw him come to displaying tangible stress. Geoff is Claire’s Dad. I think he might have been trying to call Geoff in the next image…

Geoff did show eventually, took Rob off to the next room and demonstrated how he should tie his tie, the latter paralleling the former’s actions in a mirror. It was great to see so fantastically strong a father-in-law son-in-law (to be) bond in action. Why am I describing all of this in words rather than pictures? Well, I do have the pictures but one half of the mirrored equation involves pretty much just Geoff, and a tie (the other half with Rob fully attired) so I’ll keep those well under wraps (until it’s time to release the Mister Phill Charity Dudeoir Calendar later this year). The unabashed reaction to being photographed though fitted a strong theme of the day for me, nobody seemed in the slightest bothered by the process; friendly folk at ease with the world around them.

On which note, Alex, one of the ushers…

I had a good conversation with Alex late into the evening but I’ll mention it here lest the excitement of the evening’s events push it from my mind. Alex practices as a physiotherapist. The specialism or term employed may be more specific than that but our conversation centred around his interest in blogging about what he does, he having read this, my blog. So Alex blogs about his practice, shares his thoughts on issues surrounding what he does, discusses techniques he’s tried out or formulated to treat certain conditions and just puts it out there because it satisfies something in him to do so. Over time though as a result of just putting it out there he’s found himself attracting clients that would rather travel long distance to be treated by him than to seek out treatment locally; despite his advice that they could easily take the latter, geographically shorter route these clients report that having read his blog they feel that they know and trust him and would rather commit the time and effort involved in travelling to where he is.

Thought provoking stuff.

Anyway, I should also make mention of Chris, the other usher, image left below (had a good chat with him into the evening also) and importantly David, the Lord of the Rings! Rob’s brothers Steve and David served as his best men…

Meanwhile, where the good light shines…

David, the Bearer of the Heather…

There is no photograph of Rob’s buttonhole being applied. I’ll likely regret that, I imagine, but I shan’t regret having had the privilege of applying the groom’s buttonhole on his wedding day myself. Took me less than three seconds. I’ve never applied one before. I have had the advantage of watching countless men struggle with theirs though so I dare say that I’ve been sub-consciously reverse engineering the process for some time. Maybe I shouldn’t be saying this though as, much as it’s in my nature to be helpful and it’s a honour to do so with something like this, I do believe that more-so I have an anthropological responsibility towards the visual recording of men being utterly flummoxed by the notion of and indeed practical engagement with floral decorations on wedding days. I have a low tolerance for other people’s pain though :~)

Claire’s bridesmaids, Julie and her sister Gemma. Claire’s sister that is, not Julie’s. I could just erase all of that and restructure the sentence but things are picking up pace…

The Lord of the Ties cometh. Geoff saves the sartorial day…

I don’t publish group photographs*/** but I’m too scared to not publish this one…

*Except for Christmas weddings, maybe / **I do take group photographs if required of course***

***and not just at Christmas weddings

Being put to its proper use…

…except I didn’t go portrait format on the second shot.

The Toastmaster (MC David Thompson, another friendly chap, brilliant to have around for the group photographs and some good stories about the history of wedding cake)…

I could have cropped out the stair lift but I liked the correlating yellow and black motif…

Rob’s parents Susan and Peter and you get to meet Claire’s Mum Jenny shortly, in the pink top five image rows down but by then I suspect I’ll need to shush up a bit out of deference to the ceremony…

It’s time! Geoff is looking more nervous than Claire. Come to think of it, Claire isn’t looking nervous at all :~)…

It’s just struck me how perfect Geoff’s tie knot is. No wonder Rob was so keen to enlist his help. I might as well have introduced Claire’s Mum Jenny at this juncture now that I’ve failed to contain my stream of consciousness…

Signed, sealed, delivered…

Delivered here actually. Registrars and their jolly japes :~)…

Things had been a little tight space wise back in Claire’s room that morning so we decided to re-enact some of the lacing up of the dress out on the lawn of Rhinefield House*

*Not really. A re-enactment that is. Not that I’m dogmatic about my documentary approach but you can never pose a set of lace tying hands to look so genuinely purposeful.

This week’s another answer to the existential crisis of wedding photography: the everyone shot. I just needed them to squeeze in a little bit tighter at the edges…

Just seconds earlier I’d been commenting to members of the gathered crowd that I was wholly expecting one day to see an array of guests throwing their camera-phones at a bride and groom rather than confetti. Prophetic words, in a manner…

Rob, ever the gentleman…

Clearly my reputation preceded me…

“I love my cakes!” Claire declared. The very last customer of Butterfly Bakery, the final wedding to be delivered on at least. A loss to cupcakedom but a spectacular wedding to retire on.

Plenty more friendly fun to come in Part Two >>>

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

Rob Jones - Wow!!! So happy with these Phill!! Really captured the spirit of the day, and you tell the story so well. Thanks so much!

Alex - Hey Phill,

It was really great to meet you on the day. The photo’s have come out superbly. As Rob said you really have captured the spirit of the day.

Claire - One word – AMAZING! Thank you for your fantastic work. Rob and I can’t stop looking at them. We are so pleased we had you share our special day.

Ant - Yet another amazing story told visually. There are so many ‘greats’ within this set.

Jenny & Geoff Robinson (Brides parents) - The photos are amazing, we love watching the way the day unfolds in your story telling. These photos are worlds apart from the photos of our wedding nearly 32yrs ago when the most exciting shot we had was a photo of us superimposed into a brandy glass! Well done and thanks Phil.

nic - Fantastic. Your my idol :p

Phillip Allen - Thank you all :~) Truly, an immensely enjoyable day Claire & Rob!

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