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Bournemouth Wedding Photography : Susan & Alejandro

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I worked with Susan for a good number of years, members of a broader and downright brilliant team that taught undergraduate and post-graduate students, a great many of who in turn went on to do fantastic things in the realms of visual effects in film, in computer games, in animation for television and in myriad other areas. I’d always found deep fascination in her personal work as a fine artist and had enormous respect for her work with our students. I count her as a good friend and she proved a trusted ally in a world within a world that might have become… a wee bit mad. She’s like a force of nature that went to finishing school (and attended most of the… most important lessons :~) and when it came to matters social, it was always guaranteed to be a blast when you got to spend time with Susan.

Alex came along, as the figure of speech goes, and was received warmly – to say the least – by all that surrounded Susan; a man of great wit, intelligence and fierce social conscience. I’ve liked Alex very much, from the off. When I met with them at a gathering at New Year’s Eve just gone, they told me of their plans to get married and how much they hoped that I could photograph the occasion, and that made me very happy, both their news and the prospect of my involvement in that day.

The notion of what a wedding day is, what one is ‘meant’ to be like, has a propensity for enclosing a couple’s sense of identity and self-expression in a corset; one size fits all and in to it you jolly well squeeze. I’m lucky to consistently encounter clients that are quite wilful in popping buttons or cutting strings (however you want to visualise the metaphor) when it comes to confronting the constraints of that corset. Susan & Alex practically threw it into a hedge. “We’re getting married then going down the pub!” The makings of a completely unfettered wedding day there, then :~) And that’s just what their wedding day was, unfettered, unrestricted fun with stuff added in because it was just right. This is the story of Susan & Alex’s wedding day…

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I’ve always been fascinated by the population of Susan’s shelves. Her bookshelves are a marvel of content and her shelves of… things… always conjure a myriad possible narratives. I took delight in seeing how her and Alex’s personalities were now being woven together through curation. I have that exact same hat too (and  have worn it on occasion at hot, sunny weddings), centre of the top shelf collection :~)…

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Friends of Susan & Alex had flown in from points Scottish and points Spanish that morning and gathered in Bournemouth to get the ball rolling, as it would very much roll through to the next morning :~)…

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It had been tricky finding parking on Susan & Alex’s street; drop-kerb central…

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The discovery of the shoe-matching socks…

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Rolling, rolling, rolling…

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Susan & Alex had a gift for me (in two parts :~)…

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…which I promptly locked in the boot of my (thankfully un-crushed) car, for safekeeping, and… well… I certainly had not forgotten it, not for a moment, but it’s been something of a plate-spinning period for me of late and I wanted to wait for an appropriate time to appreciate opening it and… it’s still in the boot of my car. So… umm… what better time than now? Off I go to my car. Real-time blogging, this! I already know the big black box contains a bottle of fine whisky. Off to my car…

Ha! That’s just brilliant! The perfect triangulation of personas. Thank you so much Susan & Alex :~)

And back to the day… I’d met Mark before, when he rode on his motorbike all the way down from Scotland to Dorset, and got on with him famously. I was happy to meet with him again…

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Taxi ride number one. Let me count them all. I’ve never been in so many taxis in the space of one day. 1) To the town hall with Susan & Alex, 2) From Bournemouth Square with Susan & Alex to the borderlands with Westbourne for lunch, 3) Back to Susan & Alex’s with Susan, Ayisha and H for a pit-stop and gathering of a mountain of luggage, 4) To the hotel in West Cliff, with same said company as ride number 3, where Susan & Alex would spend the night and the out-of-towners were making camp, 5) To the pub, with Susan & Alex, who then having dropped me off had to return to the hotel and come back all over again as they’d left an important laptop there. Anyway, five taxis in a day is a lot for me, at least :~)

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Squee! :~)…

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Susan & Alex married in The Register Office at Bournemouth Town Hall, an intimate, lovely, light, airy space; intimate indeed from my perspective as I could have reached out and placed my hand on Alex’s shoulder throughout the ceremony. I didn’t do so though. I don’t think it would have been fitting, not withstanding the fact that by and large, I needed both my hands for other purposes. I always find it fascinating and endearing to observe the emotional and psychological space that a couple inhabit during this phase of a wedding day, the key fulcrum of that day indeed. Susan & Alex told me afterwards that they’d not been at all aware of my proximity, something I’ve often been told by couples when I’ve photographed their ceremonies at fairly close quarters. It’s a phenomena not born of any particular skill of invisibility on my behalf; it’s very much down to a space that they are drawn in to, together…

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Out of the gates a bit early there, you two! :~)…

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The registrar led them safely back to the starting gate…

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And they’re off! I narrowly avoided an inadvertent left-hook from Susan…

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…whom then promptly disappeared. She climbed up into Alex’s hat and re-emerged when she got wind of a party…

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Perhaps not what I was expecting to see as I made my way out of the Town Hall just ahead of Susan & Alex, but it didn’t throw me a curve ball as we’d seen many vibrant and eclectic costumes coming and going, with people inside of them, as we’d waited outside for the ceremony start time…

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Introducing Brian Peters, a fantastic bagpipe player, secretly hired by Susan’s long-time friend, Kim, via Scottish Pipers For Hire :~)…

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So we had us a first dance after all :~)…

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My excitementometer was triggered all the more again when I detected the potential for capturing… a double hug…

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Bingo! :~)…

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At the time I thought that Susan was shaking Brian’s hand in thanks, but looking at the photograph, I suspect she was trying to draw him in for a jig…

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An impromptu stop, pre-lunch…

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Susan & Alex had discovered Da Mario just a couple of weeks prior to their wedding day and so impressed had they been with the quality of its fare that they decided to incorporate a lunch-time visit into the day’s proceedings, before setting off for the pub…

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Oh!…

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Might as well just gather our thoughts down a side-alley then…

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Actually, they’d agreed to open specially for the wedding party, and how lucky we all were for the culinary experience to come.

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The food was downright amazing.

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Taxi ride number… I forget :~)…

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Relationship update :~)…

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Many of those involved in the wedding day have spent many a grand night in The Brunswick, tucked away down one of the back streets of the Charminster district of Bournemouth. The pub has a lovely function room out back…

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I have this brilliant bookkeeper named Lou. As well as being a brilliant bookkeeper, Lou is also a brilliant baker of cakes and has created a few for weddings over recent years…

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More than one off-camera lighting set-up test subject this week :~)

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Susan & Alex first met at a going away party thrown by Susie :~)…

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Shop… shop… da-whooo… sha-doobie-doooo…

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Wikkaman! Fantastic vocals and instrumentship. With my naive cognition of musical genres, to my mind they performed galloping folk music touched with a scent of cyber-punk and a twist of Levellers-like political… perhaps I should just go with their own description of genre, Dark Dorset Cabaret :~)…

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Background visuals throughout the night were created by Simon, a former student of mine and Susan’s from the good old days…

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A grand cured ham had been ordered from Spain; Tom carved away at it for hour after hour…

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My brilliant bookkeeper…

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Non-stop entertainment and action. Next up, the Bournemouth Caledonian Society led a ceilidh…

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Tiring work, these weddings…

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Guyan tried to make a run for it while nobody was watching…

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…but there’s nothing for it other than to run the gauntlet…

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And my apologies again to Dan for completely failing to recognise you at first! I blame it entirely on the fact that you’d been swallowed by your beard ;~) Another former colleague that I have especially good memories of working with. The little un (now not quite as little as she was back then) still loves the whole concept of the Pie-rats! :~)…

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And the evening was rounded off with dancing-DJ Steve and his fine curation of Ska :~)…

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Congratulations Susan & Alex! I don’t need to say how fantastic a day that was, but I loved every last minute of it to teeny-weeny bits. As Lou said, can we do this every Friday?

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

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