Harry Warren House Wedding Photography : Natasha & Thomas

I’d photographed the wedding of one of Natasha’s sisters, Kataya, back in 2012 when the latter married Richard. Natasha and her other sister, Tara, had served unfalteringly and excellently as bridesmaids to Kataya on that occasion. Thomas had served as a hard working usher at that same wedding. Over the ensuing six years, a series of interlinked weddings saw me travelling to Northern Ireland (where Thomas also popped up) and Scotland, and come 2018 it was a thorough delight to return to the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset for Natasha & Thomas’s wedding day.

I have a deep rooted fondness for that part of the world and leapt at the opportunity to head over to Purbeck to meet up with the two in advance of their wedding. I had recently discovered the existence of Agglestone Rock (featured in a leaflet I’d found containing a list of Purbeck sights; it has also attracted some rather humorous reviews on Trip Advisor) and being keen to see it for myself, I suggested to Natasha and Thomas that we take a walk there. I was thoroughly delighted with the rock and at least as delighted again to spend time getting to know Natasha & Thomas, important actors in previous weddings that I’d not – previously – spoken with.

In Natasha, I found a deeply thoughtful and poetic soul; in Thomas, a fascinatingly interconnected thinker. My experience of the rock, of setting foot on Purbeck and spending time with the two of them all combined to leave me feeling greatly at peace with the world; greatly excited at the same time to immerse myself in their wedding day in order to record its story and… this is that story…

While Natasha got ready at home – but a hop and a skip (perhaps repeated a number of times) up the road – Thomas made ready for the day at the Bankes Arms in Studland. I was gently humoured to find myself in the same guest room that I’d found myself in some half a decade earlier as another groom, David, prepared for his wedding day; such was my mind taken by the interconnectedness of so many of the weddings that I photograph.

Attention to detail…

Another familiar face, I’d seen Thomas’s father at the wedding earlier alluded to in Northern Ireland. He had lent his vintage sports car to the marrying couple – Emily & Matthew – so they could take a late-afternoon jaunt in the midst of celebrations…

Gifts at the pub and gifts at home…

Kataya…

Sister, Tara and man of honour, Oli, help with the finishing touches…

F.O.B. …

Natasha was driven by her father in his delightfully characterful old Land Rover Defender to the additionally delightfully characterful and much older again church of St. Nicholas.

If you look up…

Post-ceremony celebrations were set to take place at nearby Harry Warren House and Natasha & Tom along with all of their guests were led there from the church by one of the fiddlers from License to Ceilidh, an excellent group of musicians that I had seen perform at a wedding in London some six years earlier. The interconnected world I weave my way through and work within :~)

Ever the attentive bridesmaid, Tara deftly sets about confetti removal…

Might have been a wee bit of a wind coming in off the sea there…

It was a delight meeting Emily & Matthew’s (of the aforementioned Northern Ireland wedding) gift to the world, all the knowledge of the universe speaking through her eyes…

To dinner…

A first for me, Natasha & Thomas had a clear-roofed marquee in place for their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. A treat for photographing the interior!…

The last time that I’d observed Natasha’s father delivering a speech had been in somewhat darker lighting conditions than on this occasion, as he conveyed the father of the bride’s speech for Natasha’s sister – Kataya – back in 2012, script illuminated by a lantern held inches away by their sister, Tara…

In the night garden…

My thanks again to Peter for the invigorating mug of tea he’d made for me that morning…

And just what is this about? :~)…

An Iranian knife dance is what. Thomas had to buy the knife that would allow he and Natasha to cut their wedding cake.

It appeared that it might be a somewhat expensive knife at that; maybe a Nenohi Honyaki Dentokougeishi Sakimaru Takobiki knife? I’ve no idea, to be honest (I just Googled “world’s most expensive knife” :~).

Money then more money handed over, only for the knife to be handed to seller after seller.

That’ll be the honeymoon done on a shoestring then :~)…

Down to the plastic…

Such a fun way to build up attention to the cutting of the cake itself!…

Then a spot of Iranian dancing, sans épée, to round it all off…

Carried off into the night in a cloud of bubbles…

Congratulations Natasha & Thomas and thank you ever so much for having me along to experience your beautifully energetic wedding day. I look forward to seeing you both again at the next one! :~)

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