Somerset Wedding : Sarah & Jon : Part Two

I’m going to need to start wearing sock garters to weddings as I find myself consistently at weddings that blow my socks off. For Sarah & Jon’s wedding, I might have added sock belts. I’m not doing myself any favours here am I? It’s not about the surface beauty – when both of the couple are talented graphic designers by trade and by passion, there’s bound to be surface beauty in evidence and indeed there was – but it’s about the downright honesty, thoughtfulness and kindness that permeates everything that’s both tangible and intangible within and throughout the day. It’s something I experience week in, week out. I don’t know where to store it all. This, I suppose, is why I blog.

Sarah & Jon were a fantastic couple to work for; their families and friends added layer upon layer of pleasure to being there. I’m sure they had a fantastic time of it too :~)

We got us a twirly dress…

That moment when you suggest that twirly dress might look even better again against a more verdant backdrop (and you’re having such an enjoyable time that you’re oblivious to the prevailing weather conditions)…

Always useful to have some backup kit stashed about the place (my first 35mm camera was a Halina Paulette by the way, though mine was the Electric. Marvellous optics. The Halinar Anastigmat punched way above its weight. Still with me?)…

Pre-dinner speeches were made in the barn. A lovely, relaxed approach to such things. Well, I’m not sure it was any more relaxed than the norm for the speakers (though they all certainly delivered with great aplomb) but, well, there’s so many ways I could describe it. It was a gathering, in the true sense of the term, to speak and to listen…

Sarah’s dad, Chris, delivered a speech emotionally powerful enough to make a grown photographer cry…

Famed for his impersonations of the Saguaro Cactus, Jon was also a speaker of monumental speeches…

11/10, A*+ Best man (ie: he was highly effective in the role, constantly helpful and friendly with it, especially when shortly after the first dance he told me that I was welcome to down cameras and drink the bar dry. I kept my cameras about me but did, I think, polish off the last of the Diet Coke) Neil, gave Sarah & Jon a rousing send off to North… somewhere or other. I’ll not elaborate. I have to lay it down in writing though lest I ever forget. Not that one could. Hopefully just ‘North’ with serve sufficiently as an aide memoir, much akin to a first pet’s name or suchlike. My apologies for the short series of images Neil, but I’m still trying to colour correct the prop from further in to the speech. I didn’t think such a shade of green existed. All the digital technology at the disposal of a modern photographer concurs with me…

“You’ve got our tractor shot!” Sarah exclaimed mirthfully. I do so like it when it becomes clear just how closely my clients have been following my blog…

It’s the completely unposed shots I like the most. No really. I’m transfixed by these, and I know exactly what it’s all about…

Rain stop play. When I featured my last wedding, a London based one that had three months rain predicted for the three day span it fell within (I got a bit of a tan from it), I mentioned that I’d stopped looking at weather forecasts when I started photographing weddings. Liking to be flexible in my approach to life I then proceeded to check the weather forecast every single day during the week leading up to Sarah & Jon’s wedding and six times throughout the day before, fixing the screen with steely gaze, willing the incoming bands of rain to disperse, to split asunder, willing as I’d never willed weather before. Kind of worked, by and large. Probably coincidental to my willing ways. (And I got a bit of a tan from it)…

That’s not North Wales (and my thanks to Sarah & Jon for seating me as a guest – bottom right – and I got a place name with a badge on sporting a camera motif which has since been attached to the lapel of my suit and I’m really very touched by that. I think I used the words ‘thoughtfulness and kindness’ earlier)…

I loved the bake off, the idea of it and the coming to fruition (guests were asked, should they wish to compete, to bake a cake and enter it for judging by majority vote). It was fun, a joy to see the creativity on display and it was just one more significant sign of the sense of community that underscored Sarah & Jon’s wedding day…

I don’t think Sarah & Jon submitted their wedding cake to the vote (seeing as it was beautifully made by Bath Baby Cakes)…

The best receiving line ever. What a way to greet all of your guests. The act was too profound for me to do it full justice with words and, even, with images but to ‘thoughtfulness and kindness,’ I’ll add ‘fantastic generosity of spirit’…

Please be seated for the Pieminister. The King, the Queen, The Prince and Princess of pies (and as a fan of mushy peas, I discovered that someone had set up a premier league for them)…

True universal suffrage…

A big thanks to Neil. He may not have made the rainbow but he certainly went to the trouble of seeking me out as soon as it was spotted (and a second time when a double rainbow formed)…

Rockit, the band that does exactly what it says on the tin…

Though they did start off a little more tenderly…

Mister Rainbow…

Mister Halo…

Miss Future-Client…

Mister Cake…

This week’s image critique courtesy of my marketing manager, now six and a half years old:

“Ooh, I like that photograph Daddy!”

“What do you like about it?” (Of course, I love it myself, but in the interests of developing her critical faculties :~)

“I like the light on the faces of the man and the woman.”

“Where do you think that light is coming from?”

“From the sunset?”

“Ooh! Wow!”…

Me Tom. Make fire. ..

The Moon can make little rainbows too…

And by heck, they all did…

Sarah & Jon, what more can I say, other than congratulations? Thank you so so much. I’m off now to buy new socks.

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

pen - I thoroughly enjoyed looking through these last two posts. I don’t know Sarah & Jon, but through you posts, I feel like I got a glimpse into who they are. I agree, the best receiving line evah :) Awesomely captured. Congratulations Sarah and Jon.

Mark Osborne - Another cracker Phill! What an truly wonderful wedding, expertly captured. Congratulations to Sarah & Jon who seem like salt of the earth people.

Adam Riley - Wow Mr Phil – this is one great set of photos…too many favourites to pick out one. You’ve captured what looks like on the of the most fun weddings ever, great stuff!

Kristian Leven - Absolutely brilliant Phill – stunning vision. The shots of the B&G through the keyhole in Part 1 are genius.

Helen Lisk - Just stunning. Right the way through. Absolutely brilliant stuff!

benj haisch - that wedding was FREAKING EPIC. Made me wish I was there.

James Pearson - What a wonderful wedding, absolutely beautiful and unique. Documented perfectly and totally inspiring as ever Phill!

Simon - Brilliant, I enjoyed them all.

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