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Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photography : Laura & Rob

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I was really rather flattered when, on first hearing from Laura & Rob, they told me that they had not yet booked the venue for their wedding but that first of all they wanted to run a set of dates past me, to see which of those I remained available for. That’s something that would certainly win your way into a wedding photographer’s heart and might make for quite a boost to one’s ego, though I tend to try to train my ego to look after the simpler albeit important functions in life such as getting across the road safely. More so, the approach instilled in me an instant and profound sense of personal value in relation to what they were doing (every action has an opposite and equal reaction), something that I always arrive at soon enough with each and every wedding that I’m lucky to photograph but we were running straight out of the gate on this one.

Laura & Rob have inclusive natures. That is to say, they have a way of including people, deeply, in what they do. On a day that was about them, the fact of their getting married, their energies were visibly and tangibly devoted towards those that they had brought together to witness and share in the day. I couldn’t have felt more like a guest myself, bar the fact that I remained sober throughout (on which note, my thanks again to best man Mike for treating me – when I decided it was time to veer away from water and onto the hard stuff – to a pint of Diet Coke; did the trick nicely a dozen hours in to photographing events :~) And the guest guests, what a fantastic bunch they were. All friendly, warm and open, with a good number of characters on board that made it an utter delight to do that which I do.

Right the way from that first enquiry, the formative notion of a barn wedding in Dorset, to the point at which I bade my farewells deep into the wedding night at Kingston Country Courtyard on the Isle of Purbeck, this was a journey that was thoroughly enjoyable for me in every aspect and in every respect, and I take great pleasure in relating the story of Laura & Rob’s wedding day herewith. dorset-barn-wedding-kingston-country-courtyard-laura-rob-002

I started my day bright and early at Champion Men’s Groomers in Ringwood, a short hop across the border from Dorset into Hampshire. Set up nicely with a bacon roll bought for me by Rob from the bakers shop next door (after I’d worried them with my camera), I’d been looking forward with some fascination to documenting the process of a full, traditional wet shave conducted by barber Dan, Rob’s chin and approximate facial regions serving as his score sheet. Leaving no scores, of course. My metaphors are musically dissonant :~)

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Steam for several minutes…

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… then baste…

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There have been numerous occasions upon which I’ve found myself photographing some form of action or another, let’s say, for example, wedding venue staff transporting the wedding cake from cutting table to kitchen for dividing (I’ll photograph pretty much anything that I see, me), and I’ll find myself thinking. “I really hope the fact of me photographing this doesn’t put them off their stride!” Well :~)…

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And steam a second time, until complete…

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A leisurely hour westwards back into Dorset, and I got me my tractor for the week :~)…

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The first of many marvellous things hand-made and decorated by Laura & Rob. The wedding day timeline-board, that is. The sign-post itself is a permanent fixture at Kingston Country Courtyard…

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I’m in part as intrigued by a venue in a partial state of dress as I’m fascinated by the resultant full-garb laid upon it by a marrying couple (and massively fascinating that fully dressed state was to be)…

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Laura was distributing wedding day gifts to her bridesmaids, her bridesmen and her mum, in her suite in the lower courtyard…

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I immediately found resonant enjoyment in just how integral photographic images were to the day’s events…

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Meanwhile, in the upper court (not strictly meanwhile; more so a short time later, but let the weaving of narrative continue :~)…

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Rob had hand-built a set of handsomely crafted, rustically fashioned wooden boxes to present sets of wedding day attire and gifts to his groomsmen…

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And photographs, again :~) Laura & Rob had met at school. Their wedding party comprised of school friends or those met through school friends. Indeed, Rob and best man mark had been spending time in each other’s company all the way from antenatal classes (before they’d made a show of themselves in the big, wide world) right up to the present day. A wealth of photographs attached to the physical material of the day painted a picture of friendships spanning years…

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A tip of the hat to Mark & Bee of YAY! Films who were an absolute pleasure to work alongside…

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There was a fantastic degree of involvement from friends and family in pulling everything together for the day and it’s certainly something of a bonus on such occasions to have a talented florist as an aunty. Aunty Debra was impressed by my seeming balletic skills (and no doubt vastly relived that I managed to balançoire my way through the blooms without crushing any of them :~)…

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Rob’s street-dance steps were equally successful…

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Rob is a carpenter by trade. His father likewise. His father’s father before them had been a carpenter too. Rob was particularly proud to wear his grandfather’s cufflinks on the day that he married Laura…

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Rob informed me that he’d bought these shoes especially for me (unfortunately they were one size too small so I let him wear them instead) as he knew that I had a thing about shoes. I’ve no idea where he got the notion from myself (quite possibly from my blog :~). It’s more complex than it might appear to be on the surface though (I own just four pairs of footwear myself, including a pair of steel toe-capped boots for digging in the garden, for digging myself into holes, perhaps!)… Fantastic shoes though, Rob!…

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Time to bridle the groomsmen before entering the starting gate…

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All going perfectly on the hair front…

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And everyone prepared for the big reveal…

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When I saw Laura in her dress I thought she looked a million dollars, with quite possibly several thousand dollars worth of gown adorning her. I wracked my brain to try to work out whom the designer was. Now, I can spot a Jenny Packham (which of course, this wasn’t). If I ask the audience or ‘phone a friend I might even have a fifty:fifty chance of recognising a Maggie Sottero but Laura’s dress had the signature of a designer that I’d certainly not come across before. But it turned out that I had come across her before; she’d been in the bridal suite all along…

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… And indeed she was wearing the dress. Total success! And a big, hearty hug for dress creator Kimberley Stone. Kimberley, sister of Rob’s best man Mike and a good friend of the couple recently graduated from the Fashion Design & Technology course at the Arts University Bournemouth. Working with Laura’s design, Kimberley created the pattern for the dress then teamed up with Laura’s mum, Louise, to make it. A name to look out for in future among the Packhams and Sotteros of the wedding gown world!…

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People were queuing to see the result. They’d have to wait :~)…

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A divine tombé of lilies…

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Laura & Rob shared deeply touching vows of their own composition…

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With apologies, I don’t usually present photographs of people eating; indeed I typically don’t take them (except those of little un’s eating, which can look oh so endearing and often-times funny) but Laura & Rob had arranged for paper bags filled with sumptuous fruits to be laid out for their guests and this just spoke of how well received they were :~)…

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Never spotted, me…

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Loved Laura & Rob’s table-plan…

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And their cake, beautifully made by Nannie Gill (it tasted fantastic too! :~)…

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I could easily have spent an hour photographing all the material touches that Laura & Rob had brought to bear for their wedding breakfast, and an hour more again to discover all the intricacies that I might have missed in that first absorbing of detail…

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The place names for each and every guest came in the form of a vintage glass jar filled with flowers. Paul, husband of one of Laura’s bridesmaids, Kayleigh, had found a sizeable haul of jars under some floorboards on a demolition site. Kayleigh scrubbed and cleaned them all and Laura & Rob personalised them for each guest…

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I felt honoured to be seated as a guest (my heartfelt thanks to Laura & Rob for that) and doubly honoured and more-so again to be seated next to Nannie Gill, creator of the wedding cake, who made for lovely company. Engrossing conversation too with Jayne & Simon seated to my left. I had a truly fantastic time of it all, socially as much as professionally…

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Quick change :~)…

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One of Laura & Rob’s friends, Lauren, created a fantastic decoupage-style stop-frame animation with accompanying soundtrack that related the story of their journeys through life, their relationship, a story deeply imbued with the closeness of family and friends. It truly was a marvel to behold…

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Coincidence of timing and perspective :~) Things are often not what they seem!…

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Congratulations Laura & Rob and thank you ever so much for having me there to experience and relate the story of your wedding day. To find myself immersed amongst such richness of family and friendships as strong as family themselves was an uplifting experience, and to witness the constant tide of thoughtfulness and care for others is something that filled me with enormous happiness.

Contact Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com : 07870 696248

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