Monday, May 31, 2010

English wedding photographers develop webbed feet eventually, you know

So. The weather was lovely on Friday, it was lovely on Sunday and it's lovely today, bank holiday Monday. Saturday however, it threw down what felt like a month's worth of rain in one day.

Did that make a difference to Dan and Joann's wedding?

Not one iota. They flatly refused to let the weather get in the way of their celebrations and carried on regardless.

What's the point of telling you this?

Well, pin back your ears.

Sometimes things don't always go according to plan and people react to it in different ways. Some will get upset if every little detail isn't perfect and let it blight the most important day of their lives.

Others,  like Joanne and Dan remind everyone that it's good luck if it rains on your wedding day and take it as a good omen. Then they carry on regardless and enjoy every second of the day - rain and all.  They even wanted photos outside when it eased off a bit because the rain was part of the their day and they want to remember all of it.  Their smiles were brighter than the sun could ever have been.

So the moral of the story is;  go with the flow,  relax, party and enjoy every minute. If something isn't right you can't change it at this point so just work round it. You certainly can't control the weather but you might find it makes your wedding a little bit different and even more special as a result. It'll certainly give people something to talk about.

As for me, stormy weather gives me an opportunity to get creative and that's the bit I enjoy most. It's a good job really. As an English wedding photographer I've paddled around at many a soggy wedding, I'm rapidly developing webbed feet!

Stormy weather? Bring it on!

Photos soon.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sigh. It all seems so long ago

Less than a week since we got back from our hols and we hit the ground running. Its been BUSY!!!

Just to keep you amused are all 600 holiday photos  - only kidding - really there's only 573!

Hahaaaa fooled you - I wouldn't really make you look through all our holiday photos but if you'd like to see a few I've put some on Flickr, the link's on the left.  I'll be adding more as I get a bit of free time.

Congratulations to Joanne and Dan who are getting married in Baxenden tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to this wedding, they are such a lovely couple I can't wait to see them again.  I sincerely hope that the weather forecast is wrong and we get a bit of sunshine for at least part of the day.

This next photo is from Toni-Anne and Mark's wedding a couple of weeks ago. they win the prize for being the fastest couple EVER to pick the images for their album. I was soooo impressed!!

Isn't she gorgeous?

I know it's in the wrong order but this image was taken just after the wedding ceremony ended.  The pair of them look so much more relaxed. Not that they'd been nervous or anything beforehand...

Monday, May 24, 2010

back to reality

So, Bob and me are back from our holidays, a nice cruise round a few Baltic countries.

Since the wedding season is well and truly under way we only had a small window of opportunity to get away before September. We really didn't want to fly incase we couldn't get back again courtesy of a certain volcano in Iceland so we booked a last minute cruise instead.

I'm sure I must have been a Viking in  a previous life. Bob always wants to head south on our holidays and I always want to head north east.  Anyway, we're back and raring to go.

I'll be posting a few holiday snaps for you (not all 600, don't worry).

Bye for now

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Far be it from me to beg.......but

You may or may not have noticed the little pink logo jobby at the side of the page.

That, my friend is your invitation to click on it and donate money to the Race for Life.

For the first time in  err....ever, I will be doing the Race for Life with my daughter in law, commonly known as Gemolina on account of her being a tad petite.  The training has been going on for months, me and Gembolina's dog spend every available moment yomping over the moors getting fit for the event.

It's not for nothing that I want to be trotting (ok, walking briskly) for 5km wearing a pink wig and tutu, it's going to cost somebody money and I'm sincerely hoping it's going to be YOU!

I'll even post photos as evidence if it will help you to make the decision to donate.

One has to wonder though at the thinking behind the organiser's plan to have us all do aerobics before we start the race, are they actually trying to kill us off?

Please, please, please click on the link and sponsor me. Any amount will be very much appreciated.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lee and Miranda's Wedding at Haigh Hall

Lee and Miranda got married a couple of weeks ago at the amazing Haigh Hall in Wigan a couple of weeks ago. What a brilliant day.

They had a carriage and horses on the day because they both ride and have horses on their own so it was only fitting that they had horses at their wedding.  I have to say that these were the most well behaved horses I've ever come across.

 I had my instructions to make sure that their ears (the horses, not the bride and groom's) were forward in the photos.  That old missive, never work with children or animals, certainly wasn't true in this instance, they were clearly used to being photographed and performing for the camera. I could have sworn they were even smiling for me at one point.

An elegant carriage ride down the l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g drive at Haigh Hall down to the woods and the canal.

Down at the canal, on the bridge. A couple for swans came by for a look at what was going on.

The bride and groom had added lots of personal touches to their wedding to make it extra special for their guests, the weather was perfect, the venue was superb, everyone was lovely.  All in all, pretty much the perfect day.  It was a delight and an honour to be able to photograph it for them..