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New Forest Wedding Photography : Jamie & Nicola

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I’ve known Jamie & Nicola for a number of years, frequenters of a certain characterful hostelry with great local charm located down a particularly long side street off the main strip of the Charminster district of Bournemouth. They’re a gregarious couple of great warmth, wit and humour; the types that make for happy company. I was particularly pleased when I heard that they were planning to get married and particularly pleased again when they asked me to photograph the occasion. I felt certain that the day would be fun filled and laid back in tone, that I would find myself amongst good people, really good people, and that whilst all I’d wish for on a wedding day would be to be amongst and photographing said good people, that the backdrop to the day’s celebrations would be delightfully decorated as well (in no small part a result of Nicola’s being a talented professional designer). My certainty in all those respects was not in the slightest misplaced.

This is the story of their wedding day.

My first frame of the day, as it happens; the highly talented Jen delivering some of her floral creations to Jamie & Nicola’s home. Jen is the proprietor of Jennifer Poynter Flowers. Not just a talented florist but a blogging florist at that. I do wish that more people involved in providing for various aspects of wedding days related their experiences via blogs; it’s a good means to revealing the thought processes that go into tailoring service for clients and conveys a much stronger sense of individual attention than might usually be conveyed through a Web site alone. You can read Jen’s blog post on what she did for Jamie & Nicola’s wedding day here. Oh, and I’ve achieved the pinnacle of practicing wedding photography too, having been anointed a Wedding Wizard! :~)…

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I noted that Jamie was already suited and booted by the time I arrived, with the ceremony a few hours off yet. Eager beaver :~)…

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The room of secrets…

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Well that explains – in fantastic detail; more than I could absorb at the time – the superb weather that showed up for the day…

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Episode ten of an ongoing series…

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I wouldn’t know what to do with one either (well I would, but I should do so by now :~)…

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The ceremony was set to take place just a few minutes drive up the road, at St. Marks Church in Talbot Woods…

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Best man, Jeff, flew in specially from the States to perform at the end of the ceremony (oh, and to do all the other things that a best man does, and to generally share in the celebration of it all :~)…

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#selfie…

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It was a sign…

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…that I was in the right place. The East Close Hotel in the New Forest…

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Nicola’s hand-made confetti was aerodynamically amazing. Once deployed, it spun and tumbled and whirled in the air for ages, lifting and then falling on the merest touch of breeze. I must ask her how she crafted it to behave that way, though she may well be in the process of patenting it. It has the makings of a wedding revolution about it :~)

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Smite! (or Mölkky to those accustomed to lobbing things around Finland)…

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It might be my unobtrusive manner but nobody was paying me an iota of attention…

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So I decided that there was only one course of action to take…

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It was becoming a spectator sport…

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She had a good excuse for not paying any attention to me :~)…

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I wasn’t letting this bunch off the hook, though!…

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(And a big thank you once again to Michael for the sterling job done in rounding them all up!)

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If you’re going to photo-bomb the portrait shoot at a wedding, then do so with compositionally considered style :~)…

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As I was saying :~)…

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I particularly loved the place-names set out for each of the guests :~)…

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I’m sure that can be arranged…

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The word leapt out at me immediately. Photographeratahujurteuquobp! Henceforth I’m rebranding myself as a wedding photographeratahujurteuquobp. I’ll corner the market off the back of Google search typos!…

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And pleased as punch I am with my pencil, too :~) Thank you Jamie & Nicola, and for seating me for a fine dinner as a guest…

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I thought the food was excellent myself…

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A lovely round of post-dinner speeches ensued…

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Boom-chak—boom-boom-chak-chak. Ess to the pea to the ee to the ee to the see to the haitch. No, Jeff didn’t human-beatbox his best man’s speech. And indeed, my ability to render human-beatboxing in onomatopoeic form isn’t up to… scratch…

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Cake!(s!)…

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Topped with cake toppers crafted by Nicola herself and adorned with florist Jen’s floral creations, the wedding cake was made by Jamie & Nicola’s good friend, Lou, a veritable cake baking maestro. Lou is also my book-keeper, as it happens; a form of psycho-therapist considering my relationship with receipts and spreadsheets and suchlike in general. You can find her Web site here if you’re in need of a fix of book-keeping sanity. No cakes on there for the time being though, but you can see some of the cakes that Lou has baked over on Pinterest

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I knew there was something that I was meant to be doing…

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Sorry, my hands were too full of camera stuff…

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Uncle Steve opened the night’s musical entertainment…

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I never knew Jamie played guitar. I never knew he sang either. He certainly does both really very well indeed…

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Jamie & Nicola had interspersed the tables with a variety of games and it was heart-warming to see how popular they proved and how well used they all were…

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Jagger…

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It all came together when I realised exactly why I’d been having so much fun going about my photographic work throughout the day. Everyone was just downright mad :~)…

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All part of the night’s entertainment, usher Ryan’s sequence disco dancing class (available for hire for weddings and other special occasions)…

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DeeJay L33R0y (florist Jen’s hubby; the latest as it happens of a day full of as it happens) kept the dance-floor populated from first dance to last…

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One of my favourite sights at a wedding, when I happen to be in the right place at the right time and looking in the right direction to see it, is when the couple take a step back from proceedings or take a seat and look out and realise just how much fun everyone is having, just how fantastic a day that not only they are having of it but all of their guests too. I’m presuming the role of visual mind-reader of course, but that’s what I saw :~)…

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Congratulations Jamie & Nicola! A great big thanks for having me along for your special day and for my fab pencil and the great food, the brilliant people to be amongst and a heap of happy memories.

Contact New Forest Wedding Photographeratahujutreuquobp Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com : 07870 696248

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