After 9 years together my sister married her sweetheart at the weekend. I had been tasked with taking some photographs of her and the bridesmaids getting ready but I ended up doing the lot!
I’ve done a few weddings before but as far as I can recall this is the first where the Groom is actually a photographer! This, coupled with the fact it was my sister added to the pressure of making sure the shots were spot on. Fortunately, both the Bride and Groom were very laid back and took it all in their stride. I hope they like the photographs – I’m quite pleased with them!!
Exactly a year a go to the day I was busy shooting, my soon to be sister in-laws, wedding down in Dorset. From this one of her work colleagues asked if I would like to shoot their wedding in April 2013. Of course I said ‘yes’ and so started the planning in preparation for James and Evelyn’s big day.
Evelyn & James were married at the Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew in Old Windsor. A beautiful ceremony was followed by a wonderful reception held at the Saxons Barn in Windsor. Given the horrendous weather that has besieged the UK since, well many years a go it would seem, I was thinking about contingency arrangements for photos to be taken indoors. However, waking up on Saturday morning I was greeted by clear blue skies and the thermometer steadily rising. Of course, whilst this kind of weather is perfect for everyone else, it certainly makes the job of a photographer that much harder. Even more so when I considered that the shots taken after the ceremony were going to be in midday sun.
However, the bride and groom were fantastic, and were happy to be moved around and placed into locations to limit direct sun. The end result was some fantastic photos (even if I do say so myself!) and ones that I feel capture the pure essence of their wedding day – love, fun and happiness!
The complete set of photos, approved by the Bride & Groom, can be found on my Flickr site.
This afternoon me and the family took a trip to Ness Gardens. The website describes much better than I could so why bother trying when I can easily cut and paste the text from their website!
Set on the Wirral Peninsula, Ness offers the enthusiast many horticultural delights including a replica of an imaginative show garden designed by Chris Beardshaw which won prestigious awards at Tatton; extensive, beautiful herbaceous borders always with something to offer the eye; a Victorian style Potager with many fruit trees and vegetables and Alpine House; a waterfall and water gardens; the largest UK collection of sorbus and most of the 49 known species of birch; plus seasonal surprises such as a splendid laburnum arch, and magnificent collections of magnolias, camellias, and rhododendrons.
The gardens were designed by Arthur Bulley, a local cotton merchant in Liverpool, and When he died in 1948 he left the gardens to the University of Liverpool with an endowment of £75,000 to ensure that they remained as a botanic garden which would serve as a reminder to their creator. On the day we visited the entrance to the gardens was free for everyone as part of the heritage celebration, however, normally University of Liverpool staff and their immediate family can gain free entry on any day. Good for us since Lou works at the University!
If you are into plants and wildlife then I would definitely urge you to take a trip to the gardens and then to enjoy afternoon tea in Rose’s tearoom! On this particular visit there were lots of dragonflies buzzing around, some the apparent size of a small bird! The one photographed below was clinging to a rock a few inches above the water of a large pond. I was quite amazed I managed to get a good shot as I the only lens I had with me was a 28mm prime which meant I had to crouch down and get real close to fill the frame. Surprisingly it didn’t seem too bothered by this and stayed around long enough for me to get ‘the shot’!
The last week or so has been particularly bad weather wise in the UK. We’ve gone from having warm(ish) days with endless sunshine to torrential rain and floods! Traditionally, well in my sense, this time of year has always been nice as it has coincided with the birth of my daughter – incidentally, she is 2 tomorrow! So given on Sunday we had torrential rain all day and night (see picture representing how miserable it was) the weather now seems to be picking up again. Today was glorious with clear blue skies and temperatures topping out at 17C. Despite the rain putting stop to any outdoor activities we had planned for the weekend one beneficiary has been the garden. It is now starting to look very green with flowers starting to bloom and lots of birds and insects around…is it to early to say Spring is finally here?
I have for one will be keeping my fingers crossed that this fine weather continues for at least another week or so as next Wednesday myself and the family are off down to Dorset for Carol Cakes wedding. We are all extremely excited, especially the children as they are getting dressed up in the glad rags and are part of the wedding party! The weekend is also going to be pretty exciting for me also as I am taking the pictures for what will be the new Mr and Mrs Cakes! One amazing thing to look forward to is the arrival of a lens ordered in just to shoot the wedding – the amazingly awesome Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 MkII IS USM!!!!!! AWESOMENESSS
In time I am sure you will see some pictures from the wedding. Until then here are a few shots that sum up the change in weather from Sunday until today…