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Cornwall Wedding Photography : Sarah & Andrew

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Sarah & Andrew married and celebrated their wedding in a verdant Mediterranean garden floating through space in an expansive dome, drinking in the day’s sunlight, looking out onto a cinematic expanse of stars at night and sheltering all from the odd bit of rain between those two points of the day. I’d not expected to encounter rain in space. It didn’t hinder celebrations in the slightest, all the same.

Sarah had been a guest at two previous weddings that I had photographed; firstly that of Sarah & Jon back in 2012 then at Ruth & Neil’s wedding in 2014. I just looked through the entire set of images from Ruth & Neil’s wedding to see if Andrew was there too, and he was indeed. I have one photograph of the back of his head. I made up for that come his and Sarah’s wedding day. Ruth & Neil had also been guests at Sarah & Jon’s wedding (Ruth had delivered a reading). Also at Sarah & Jon’s wedding was usher extraordinaire, Adam, who with his fiancée Rachel was a guest at Sarah & Andrew’s wedding. Six weeks later I would find myself photographing Adam & Rachel’s wedding and meeting with Sarah & Jon, Ruth & Neil and Sarah & Andrew all over again. A veritable skein of weddings my experiences of which have traced the line of a strong thread of friendship.

As it is said, birds of a feather flock together. I’m not fully privy to the dynamic that underpins the strength and longevity of the friendships that link these weddings but in all of them I have been privy to experiencing a level of shared, individual and personal kindness attenuated in a way that makes an unique impression upon me. In Sarah I found this kindness in abundance and combined with Andrew’s gregariousness and warmth all made for an experience that was an utter pleasure for me. This is the story of Sarah & Andrew’s wedding day…

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Before embarking on their spaceship, Sarah & Andrew made preparations for the day in a Cornish woodland spa.

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Whilst searching the grounds for Andrew’s abode, so I could set about photographing his head from the front for once, I heard my name called out from on high, from a window. Who should I bump in to but Sarah & Jon of that wedding back in 2012 (and all the others that I’ve met them at since!) and a little someone that hadn’t been around those four years back and was a lot, lot littler when I photographed him at two other weddings in the meantime :~) They’re looking at Adam & Rachel. You’ll get to see them for yourselves later…

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At last, from the front, or close enough to…

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Wholesome Cornish rain, though photographing from under my golf umbrella (lost at a wedding four weeks later; my third such wedding related golf umbrella loss in seven years) it immediately struck me that I should offer Andrew some shelter from the rain too, so I did (though not so immediately as to preclude creating a potential reminder to him as to just how wholesome that Cornish rain felt)…

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Andrew had made great headway in training for the international downhill ironing championships…

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And thence, to the spaceport…

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I’m sure the pilot was up to the job…

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Gleeful. Full of glee. Gleefulness. Another descriptor to add to kindness…

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The registrars were happy enough to dance, too…

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Back up the aisle faster than you could say, ‘Blow some bubbles!’ :~)…

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Reminds me, I really need to attend to my garden. Having said that, my new neighbour, a zoologist by trade, has told me that she’s spotted a family of badgers and a family of foxes in there and that the enormous thatch of blackberry bearing brambles spanning my garden from edge to edge, side to side, back to front is consistently attracting a large flock of house sparrows that, apparently, have become a rare species in the UK so I think I’ll leave it as it is for the time being and just enjoy looking at photographs of Sarah & Andrew’s garden…

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Time for a round of spoken word marryoke…

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As promised, Adam & Rachel, and some weeks from now a whole wedding blog post of their own to come…

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My thanks to Sarah & Andrew for seating me as a guest. The food was fantastic.

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No more than one knife was hurt in the cutting of this cake…

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In addition to kindness and gleefulness, and gregariousness and warmth I’ll add to the mix that this group of friends always have the most epically energetic evening parties on their wedding days.

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And into the night we sailed. Congratulations Sarah & Andrew and thank you for your great warmth and kindness and for the most throughly enjoyable experience that was your wedding day.

Contact Cornwall Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com

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