Suffolk Wedding Photography : Laura & Tim

Laura & Tim have hearts so big that you could climb on board and float your way up to the Moon in them. They are both individually and together a tonic to spend time with; downright uplifting souls. They come packaged with an energetic bunch of friends and family that again, are just great to spend time amongst.

Whilst planning her and Tim’s wedding – that was set to take place in and around Bury St Edmunds with a ceremony at a church within the town and subsequent celebrations a little way out into the surrounding countryside at Suffolk Barn – Laura had come across my Web site but didn’t initially make contact with me, assuming that I might be too far away to cover Suffolk.

I’m based roughly half way along the bottom of the UK; surrounded by land through a span of 180 degrees and through the other 180, it’s just sea. Then France. As I look out to sea (I can’t actually see the sea from where I’m sat, though; I can just see my computer screen) Suffolk is about as far to the left of where I am as things get, in the UK at least. Actually, Norfolk is further to the left and I have photographed a couple of weddings in that county, too. Both counties are actually to the left and up a bit also (or behind me, as I act this out with my arms and hands) and were I more properly taking a base line along the coast it would be Kent that is furthest to the left and the leftmost that I’ve travelled to photograph a wedding there has been on the Isle of Sheppey, which as it happens is exactly due South of Bury St. Edmunds. In saying all of this, I should really be describing directions from the standpoint of looking at a map of the UK in its standardly expected orientation whereby, of course, all of these places are over to the right of the country and indeed to my right from where I am located. Also, where I am sat as I write this, I am facing away from the sea. I’ve learnt a lot about the geography of the UK through my adventures in the world of weddings; an understanding of the orientation of things might at times elude me though :~).

Not uncharacteristically perhaps, I digress!

So… initially Laura didn’t make contact with me and searched for a wedding photographer closer to home, but she kept popping back onto my Web site and I’m so thankful that she did so, and that she did then make contact because… well… happy me! :~) I got to do what I love doing and with people that I couldn’t have loved more doing it with.

This is the story of Laura & Tim’s wedding day and it starts with what I believe should become a wedding day tradition for all marrying couples… a wedding day banana…

Laura and her entourage made ready for the day at her parents’ home, in the middle of Bury St Edmunds, whilst Tim and his groomsmen prepared for the off at his and Laura’s home just a little way out into the countryside.

A gift from Laura…

A theme of travel permeates their life together…

All the time in the world…

Back where the cows and the sheep roam free…

Nearby, at a public house…

It proved a lovely, verdant locale to walk around, as I made my way back and fore between Tim’s meet-up with friends at the pub and Laura’s preparations back at her parents’ home, the church that they would marry at equidistant between the two…

A very short walk indeed around the corner, to the church at which Laura & Tim would marry…

Tim manifested the perfect blend of nervousness and excitement. Well done that wedding day photographic subject :~)…

The wedding train arrived (roughly) on time at Platform One…

I wondered if I might actually get a photograph of Laura herself as she came up the aisle! :~)…

Et voila!…

Retaliatory confetti throwing…

Emerging from the plains of Bury St Edmunds…

On to Suffolk Barn…

The most evocatively worn pair of Maracas I’ve yet seen…

(The worn texture of the leather, I mean. Even I didn’t see what I did there. :~)

Parp!…

Lost in music (maybe Minecraft?) No looking back. Etc. :~)…

Thought processes…

Hi :~)…

I took Laura & Tim for a little walk. I hoped that they didn’t suffer from hay-fever. They came out intact.

One of the bridesmaids described me as Laura & Tim’s spirit guide. I liked that. I might add it as a tagline the next time that I need to order some business cards.

A poetic soul, is Tim :~)…

The barn interior was delicious…

Lack of Rizla wasn’t going to stop this game!…

(Or… “Just in case he got lost on the dance-floor later.” Take your pick. :~)

This week’s dance-floor off-camera lighting test model; job well done…

HORSE!…

(Yes, just one. The other one’s a unicorn.)

Tim limbers up for a round of cake-fencing…

And of course for the ensuing first of many dances…

Great Scott! (Great Scott Wedding Band, in full.) Rachael’s voice was amazing!…

I sensed happiness in Laura’s sister…

Wedding favours to last a lifetime. Well, the lifetime of a herb plant, at least. Lovely idea…

It’s… magic…

HORSE! Again…

The drummer was really happy that there was an easily accessible side on view of the stage so that the photographer could get a nice, clear picture of him unlike for all those other poor drummers that, whilst performing such a critical role in holding everything together musically, were largely hidden away from view at the back of the stage…

No pressure!…

Dance meets trigonometry…

think he was awake…

Tim told me that he’d always wanted to perform on stage. What better day than your wedding day to live out your dream?…

I was genuinely struck by the notion that he had found his calling…

Quick, before the adults snaffle them all!…

No wedding dance-floor is complete without uncles* wearing ties on their heads (*whether or not they are uncles). Unfortunately though he received orders to put it back on where, apparently, such things rightly belong :~)…

I’m off now…

Tickled pink…

Quick pit-stop dress fix…

Eurovision had nothing on this party…

Yay!…

Laura & Tim, congratulations and thank you so, so much for having me there for your utterly fantastic wedding day and for being such enormous fun to spend time with!

Contact Suffolk Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen (yes I’m based in Dorset, but I’ll travel anywhere for people like you :~) : phill@misterphill.com