It’s not that I give out prizes for being lovely or anything but Claire & Paul won one from me anyway. It’s not a physical object that one might hold but were it so, I imagine it would be crafted from the most exquisitely polished space rock and it would twinkle in the light like a firmament of stars. Not having possession of a stone polisher though, let alone a lump of space rock, they have my esteem instead for what they are and how they deal with the people that surround them.
It strikes me just now that the expression, “I couldn’t have wished for,” is one that might itself already be polished to a wisp in the course of describing our reactions to events and occurrences in time but in reflecting upon Claire & Paul’s wedding day and the experience that I had in photographing it, I can say with solid conviction that I could not have wished for a better start to my 2016 wedding season. To be so warmly welcomed and accepted into the very weave of the fabric of their wedding day, to spend time in their company and furthermore the company of their families and friends – a resounding cohort of folk capable of taking the celebratory brakes off completely whilst engaging in it all with style – made for an episode as fulfilling socially as it was fulfilling in the conduct of my craft (I’m accepting re-application of the term, ‘craft,’ Paul’s dad :~).
Whilst my limbs might ache a little more, year on year, I could never tire of this.
Claire & Paul chose The Gallivant at Camber Sands, East Sussex, as the setting for their wedding day. Whilst The Gallivant hosts around fifty weddings each year, I was left feeling that Claire & Paul’s was treated as though it were the only wedding in the world, the only one that this space would bear witness to. I have a sensitivity to such things and this place wins a non-material prize of its own from me. I find, consistently, that my clients seek venues for their weddings where celebrations will be unfettered by the mechanics of what best suits an ongoing operation and this place scored perfectly on that count. Considering their wedding took place in late-February, they enjoyed weather that was uncharacteristic for the time of year, a palpable promise of Spring in the air. Layer upon layer of things that were positive. This is the story of Claire & Paul’s wedding day… View full post »