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Bristol Wedding Photography : Lucy & Ric

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Whereas navigating morning rush-hour traffic in my home town on a week-day daily basis for the school run seems to suggest otherwise, I do very much find myself living in a world populated by kind, decent, sharing and caring people. It’s the instinctive world I find myself living in, at least. A logical step back tells me on the one hand that that isn’t really the way the world is, in totality at least, and on the other hand that my instinctive belief is somewhat nurtured and indeed pampered by the types of people that I consistently get to work with, people such as Lucy & Ric who make my job a treasure and a pleasure.

As thoughts roll around and collide on the baize inner surface of my brain, such bagatelle like collisions and combinations of thinking tend to score their mark :~) Maybe it was in part having repeatedly observed the fervour with which Bristolian drivers pounce upon rare available parking spaces and that in turn reminding me of my daily school run experience, whilst here I was in a city that I’ve always had a great liking for, for its vibrance and creative pulse, to observe, document and relate the story of the wedding day of a personably vibrant couple who in turn have a great deal of creativity woven into their combined nature. Lucy & Ric aren’t Bristolians, come to think of it; they live in Leamington Spa but Ric’s mother moved to live in the Clifton district of Bristol some years back and the two, through their visits to the area, fell in love with the city – quite rightfully so – and decided it was the ideal place to set the stage for their marriage and subsequent celebrations.

Lucy & Ric married, mingled, enjoyed the company of their families and friends, broke bread and enjoyed a feast of fine food at the Merchants’ Hall in Bristol before climbing a hill overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge and descending upon the Avon Gorge Hotel for a night of merrymaking. This is the story of their day.

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My wedding day weather record continues thus: rain and furthermore thunder-storms were forecast for the area for the span of Lucy & Ric’s wedding day. Apparently that weather forecast had proved true, right up until the point at which I arrived in Bristol. Then the rain abated and the clouds started to part. Nothing to do with me though :~) I’d met up with Ric at the Merchant’s Hall before joining Lucy and her entourage at the salon they’d attended in Clifton and told him that I’d brought my umbrella just in case and that I would carry it with me, despite it being something of a cumbersome umbrella, based on the notion that if I did carry it with me it wouldn’t rain but if I left it in my car, then it would pour down. I then decided to leave it in my car as it is that cumbersome when also carrying a bag full of camera equipment around with me but Ric implored me to keep hold of it as I’d inadvertently convinced him of its efficacy as a totem against poor weather. So I kept it on me. Good thing too as it rained, though solely for two-thirds of the duration of the two minute total walk back from the salon to the hotel where Lucy would be making her final preparations before the ceremony. And I was able to un-cumber myself of its cumbersome attachment by offering it to Lucy so that she could remain completely dry and I could remain completely unhindered whilst taking photographs (I’m waterproof anyway) that featured… my umbrella :~) From that point onwards the clouds fully parted and it turned into the sunny summer’s day that it should really have been anyway, considering the time of year, right through to the conclusion of it all.

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To me, at least, an interesting philosophical point arose from the taking of this photograph. Lucy had left her dress hanging in the only safely convenient spot available and told me that she hadn’t been sure where it might be best left on display for photographing, should I wish to photograph it. I have a strong – if not entirely exclusive – penchant for photographing things as I find them, though, and personally liked the juxtaposition between the every-day utilitarian (particularly as the every-day utilitarian came in the form of cosy clean white towelling) and the refined beauty of a creation designed and made for just one day. Welcome to my mind, anyway :~)…

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Over the hill I yomped, camera kit, rolled up cumbersome umbrella and all, back to the Merchants’ Hall…

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Bride on time…

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But then a bit of an unpredicted delay…

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Lucy’s siblings had been caught up in Glastonbury Festival traffic on their way up to the wedding. The delay was a minuscule one – if indeed a fretful one – in the grand scheme of things though and the ceremony was able to proceed quickly enough…

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Et voila! :~)

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A tip of the hat to Lucy & Ric’s in part hilarious (but to me still highly romantic) Mexican moment(s) of engagement…

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The nibbles had all been nibbled at by the time I was done with the family group photographs but I’m rather enamoured of the photo-forensic opportunity that resulted…

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The escort tree set up to guide everyone to their seats for dinner was rather the talking point amongst guests, a delicately fun way to match individual to seating position…

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The speeches spoke for themselves, humour-laden, thoughtful and touching throughout…

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(And my thanks, between speeches, to Lucy & Ric for seating me to enjoy the particularly fine fare…)

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I’d been doing exactly the same some several minutes earlier. The most fragrant lavender decoration…

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I’m a great believer in abiding by truth in my photographic story-telling, so this is not a photograph of Ric’s brother and one of his best men, Johnny, practicing his speech in between courses. Imagine that it were, though :~)…

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Perfection, in every constituent ingredient…

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I’m all for a good, well-timed, sympathetically composed photo-bomb, me :~)…

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Lucy & Ric wouldn’t be staging a first dance that night (an increasing number of my clients are eschewing the seeming tradition in favour of just… well, getting on with enjoying the party) but I thought it would be nice for them to at least have one just to themselves…

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Johnny’s not at all last minute rehearsed best man’s speech followed…

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…followed by Ric’s brother from another mother, Ryan…

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Lucy & Ric’s wedding cake was an absolute marvel. Made by their good friend, Jon, I’ve never before needed to photograph a cake from so many angles in order to fully encapsulate the nuances of its design…

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A new pair of shoes, something suggested to me…

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And up towards the hill everyone headed…

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I believe this was the seventy-fifth time that Ric had traversed the route between hall and hotel that day…

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Ric’s personal art-work, a series of hommages to Banksy, adorned the walls of the hotel…

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And the day was seen out, into the night, to the tunes of charismatic Bristol Ska band, the Blak Flamez

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Congratulations Lucy & Ric and thank you so much for having me along for your brimful of soul wedding day and for being so warm, welcoming and kind along the way! :~)

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

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