From her very first email to me I was very much hooked into a highly enjoyable conversation with Emily, an engaging narration of her and Dan’s plans for their wedding day, how they became engaged, and what had drawn them to my photographic work; more than that, brushstrokes in what would become a broader picture of their life together as we continued to converse. I was already photographing their wedding day, in my mind, from that very first point of contact.
Emily & Dan chose Shustoke Farm Barns, set in refreshing West Midlands countryside, as the venue for their celebrations; marrying at a church just minutes up the road. Whilst relatively new as a wedding venue – at the point of their marriage – Shustoke Farm Barns certainly seemed to already be proving quite a hit in the arena (having just run a Web search to find the link to their Web site, I noted that immediately after the barns’ search page entry – at number one – the remainder of the page was filled with links to weddings photographed there by some top notch photographers, a number of who I know personally and the remainder who I’ve never met but have always been aware of their work). It proved to be a pleasure going about my work at the barns; a very easy going environment (yet with everything working perfectly in the background) that allowed the day to be just what it was, progressing at its own natural pace and manifesting itself with an identity – true to the natures of the people at the centre of it all – unfettered by any outside or indeed inside agency’s ‘stamp on things’.
On the subject of natural pace there was something quite unique to me about Emily & Dan’s wedding day, in that respect. Later into the day I’d discussed this with Emmelie – a fantastic videographer that Emily & Dan had found to photograph their wedding in moving image form – and we both concurred on that special character of the day, when it came to the passage of time; something that neither of us might usually expect to experience. Emily did indeed tell me after the event that the day had flown by at a hundred miles per hour – a common experience for marrying couples – but whilst weddings do, to a degree, often take on a more accelerated relationship with time for myself, on this occasions each passage of the day seemed to progress at a perfectly gentle pace; self-contained elements, preparations, a ceremony, a gathering devoted to mingling and congratulations, a meal followed by speeches then a party into the deep of the night, all in no hurry to expend their connection with time. Everything was just what it was and was honest to itself in the being. All contributed in it’s own special manner to my enjoyment of a day that I would certainly have enjoyed no less even if it had flown by.
It is my hope, as is always my hope, that my images will for Emily & Dan allow them to relive their wedding day in a timeless manner and on such a note, this is the story of that day… View full post »