Lizzie & Tom’s wedding made for the perfect conclusion to a year of photographing such occasions up and down the country and a highly pleasing completion of a pattern that seems increasingly to permeate my practice. Tom was an usher – he delivered a reading during the ceremony too – at my first wedding of 2015 (that of his friend, another Tom as he married Nicki) and his and Lizzie’s wedding day was to be my last of 2015, on the weekend just before Christmas. It was a cracker of a day. Yes, I just did… that :~)
In fact, Tom was a groomsman at Huw & Kim’s wedding in 2010, alongside Tom of my first wedding of 2015 and another Tom again; Ben (whose wedding I then photographed in 2011 as he married Lit), Gabriel, Matt, Amir and Joel (who was the best man at that one and at Lizzie & Tom’s, and come to think of it, at Ben & Lit’s in the interim) and one additional fellow whose name I can’t put my finger on and wasn’t part of the pattern I’m piecing together though of course that makes him none-the-less important in the context of Huw & Kim’s wedding. The following year, Tom, Tom, Tom, Huw, Gabriel, Matt, Amir and Joel served as groomsmen at Ben & Lit’s wedding, alongside Ben’s brother. Come the start of 2015 we were down a Tom but it was Tom, Joel, Amir, Matt, Gabriel, Ben and Huw ushering at Tom & Nicki’s wedding then come the end of the year and this wedding, we had Tom, Matt, Ben, Huw, Amir, and Joel (doubling up as best man again) serving as groomsmen at Tom & Lizzie’s wedding.
I’m out of breath.
Maybe I should draw a large diagram criss-crossed by lines.
(As I’ve been cross-referencing the photo-sets from each wedding, it’s been fun seeing how their hairstyles have changed over the years, or indeed – in some cases – haven’t :~)
All of the Toms along with Matt, Ben, Huw, Amir, and Joel had been course-mates on the same degree back in… whenever, a while back, a course on which I taught and a couple of them were project supervisees of mine, too. It’s just struck me that I’ve known them all for more years across an epoch of weddings than the years that I knew them as students. Throughout both eras they’ve always been an admirable group of people, it’s been a pleasure to see them all do so well in their careers on top of the pleasure it was to see them flourish as students (as it happens, I’ve just been reading Tom’s – Tom of this wedding, that is – final year undergraduate study, ‘A Spectrally Based Method for the Emulation of the Technicolor Process on Digital Images’, a copy of which I found online) and it’s been both a great honour and fantastically good fun to be involved in a number of their weddings.
Tom had studied not a million miles away from Lizzie’s family home – 9.9 miles via the shortest road route, to be precise – but they met, entirely coincidental of that locale and period in time, some years later in London. I have to say that it’s been an utter pleasure being around Lizzie and spending time getting to know her prior to her and Tom’s wedding, especially seeing her express herself so resonantly throughout the wedding day itself. A person imbued with great positive energy that just rubs off on you. This is the story of Lizzie & Tom’s wedding… View full post »