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Suffolk Wedding Photography : Alex & Jules

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Alex & Jules (or Jules & Alex, if we’re reading the opening image left to right, which readers of Roman based alphabets tend to do; if you’re a reader of another directional form, then they may indeed remain Alex & Jules, or top down, just the two of them). I might as well start again :~) Alex & Jules are ambassadors from another planet, a planet where everyone has learnt to fine tune their moral compass to confidently seek out all points, North, South, East and West and those in between, a planet where everyone has learnt simply to be downright decent to each other, a planet where studious thought is matched by laughter, by joie de vivre. They arrived on our shores back in… a little while back… I’m not absolutely certain; it’s all shrouded in mystery. Is any of this true, you might ask? Could they really be from another planet? I don’t know. It’s all shrouded in mystery. I’m certain though if there were such a planet and that planet did send ambassadors to live amongst us, then they’d be pretty similar characters.

Back in 2010, which isn’t the last century but might it now count as last decade, the ultimate year of? Back in 2010 I’d photographed Gabby & Gareth’s wedding day in a deep Dorset cove once the haunt of smugglers and that day and night the haunt of a truly, truly brilliant cast of characters. Alex & Jules had been guests at that wedding, though I’d not met them then in a conversational sense; I had done so briefly in a photographic manner as they swung each other around an ever so lively dance floor. When they contacted me some years later to ask if I might photograph their Suffolk wedding, I was delighted by the prescient knowledge that I’d really have a thoroughly lovely time of doing so because everyone at that prior wedding had been a downright delight to be amongst and everyone at this one would be, likewise.

Their wedding, in a manner, ran across three days. I think weddings need to last this long, really. The evening before, early-comers congregated for a pre-wedding catch-up in a Bury St. Edmunds wine bar, then the day of the wedding itself with celebrations taking place in the garden of Alex’s family home, then a gathering again the day after. This is the story of Alex & Jules’ wedding… days…

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That’s no breakfast I recognise…

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I went by car, sad to say. I’d be okay if it were just the cameras and lenses that I use, but it’s all that back-up gear, you see, and the lighting kit for the dance floor action. If I could afford porters…

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I would rather like to travel to weddings by boat though :~) It might limit certain inland destinations but there are always canals to be found, aren’t there? I’d travel with my friends along for company and we’d look just this way. Honestly. Heavens!…

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Fast learner :~)…

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Alex’s mum designed and made her wedding dress. I do believe she has a bit of a background in such things, fashion design in general, of quite some eminence…

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Alex & Jules are blessed with a wealth of friends in turn imbued with a wealth of talent, many musically inclined (to say the least), many truly, truly fantastic singers. Jules himself sings opera at an international level (the day after the wedding, at Alex’s family home, I assumed at one point that I was listening to a CD of opera being played in the next room and I marvelled at the thoroughly lifelike quality of reproduction from their hifi system. You can guess the rest :~). Throughout the ceremony I frequently found myself transfixed; frequently I had to remind myself to keep using my camera…

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Available with sub-titles as The Magic Flute.

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Not one to ignore an order…

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I loved what Alex & Jules’ wedding cake said about them :~) Takes a bit of translation though…

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I suppose it’s a good thing that it wasn’t really a talking cake though…

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“How we first met” :~)…

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Badoink!…

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My thanks to Alex & Jules for seating me as a guest for dinner. The food was… delicious :~)

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Gareth, of Gabby & Gareth fame…

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Gabby, of Gareth & Gabby fame; shortly thereafter the deliverer of twins, really the most downright delightful news :~)…

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Introducing UFQ. Guests and performers extraordinaire…

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That lack of certainty about them being from another planet? :~)…

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Portrait of a morning after…

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Congratulations Alex & Jules and thank you so much for allowing me to land on planet you and take a good walk around the place. That sounds odd, doesn’t it? Let’s just say thanks for the amazing experience and the sublime company, then! :~)

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

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